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Thursday, April 06, 2006

Of The 3 Major Indices, The NASDAQ Composite Was The Only Gainer Today

The NASDAQ Composite was the sole index to advance today of the 3 majors. 1,573,846,480 shares were traded @ The New York Stock Exchange® today.


Shares of Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) component Merck fell by $1.15 to close @ $34.84 on news that a jury sided with a man who claimed that Vioxx gave him a heart attack.

Shares of DJIA component 3M gained $3.92 to close @ $81.38 on news that first quarter profit outperformed company projections.


Shares of Apple Computer gained $4.03 to close @ $71.24.


Shares of Kohl's gained $1.93 to close @ $54.44.

Shares of Bed Bath & Beyond gained $2.50 to close @ $40.82 on news of better-than-expected fourth quarter profits.

Shares of upscale retailer Nordstrom gained $1.87 to $40.71.


Summary of The New York Markets:

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DJIA: Closed Lower @ 11,216.50 (-23.05)

NASDAQ: Closed Higher @ 2,361.17 (+1.42)

S&P 500: Closed Lower @ 1,309.04 (-2.52)

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NYMEX Crude Oil Future is currently @ $67.51/barrel

NY Spot Gold gained $7.00 to close @ $594.60/ounce

Currently, The U.S. Dollar buys 0.8197 Euros

Currently, The Euro buys 1.22 U.S. Dollars

The U.S. Prime Rate (WSJ Prime Rate) is 7.75%


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