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Economy

Economic Data (USA)

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

The 3 Majors Enjoyed Healthy Gains On Bernanke Comments and Cheaper Crude Oil

All 3 major indices enjoyed healthy gains today as Federal Reserve Chairman Bernanke made encouraging remarks about inflation before the Senate Banking Committee, which may portend an end to interest rate hikes after August 8TH. 1,868,600,190 shares were traded @ The New York Stock Exchange®.


Shares of Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) component Boeing (BA) gained $3.12 (+3.94%) to close @ $82.29; the stock then gained an additional $0.66 in after-hours action this evening.


Shares of DJIA component JP Morgan Chase (JPM) gained $2.34 (+5.75%) to close @ $43.05.


Shares of DJIA component United Technologies (UTX) gained $2.19 (+3.72%) to close @ $61.07; the stock then gained an additional $0.70 in after-hours trading this evening.


Shares of DJIA component Caterpillar (CAT) gained $1.65 (+2.38%) to close @ $71.12.


Shares of DJIA component Procter & Gamble (PG) gained $1.14 (+2.05%) to close @ $56.64.


Shares of DJIA component International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) gained $1.81 (+2.44%) to close @ $76.07; the stock then gained an additional $0.13 in after-hours trading this evening.


Shares of DJIA component Home Depot (HD) gained $1.22 (+3.68%) to close @ $34.35.


Shares of DJIA component Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) gained $1.30 (+4.20%) to close @ $32.25.


Shares of DJIA component American Express (AXP) gained $1.15 (+2.26%) to close @ $52.10.


Shares of DJIA component Wal-Mart (WMT) gained $1.03 (+2.39%) to close @ $44.20; the stock then gained an additional $0.30 in after-hours trading this evening.


Shares of Westbank Corp. (WBKC) gained $4.25 (+23.61%) to close @ $22.25.


Shares of Valmont Industries (VMI) gained $7.50 (+17.38%) to close @ $50.65.


Shares of Illumina Inc. (ILMN) gained $8.24 (+28.55%) to close @ $37.10; the stock then lost $0.15 in after-hours trading this evening.


Shares of Keane Inc. (KEA) gained $1.71 (+15.25%) to close @ $12.92.


Shares of Nuveen Investments (JNC) gained $4.29 (+10.34%) to close @ $45.77.


Shares of Packaging Corporation of America (PKG) gained $1.99 (+9.47%) to close @ $23.00.


Shares of Southwest Airlines Co. (LUV) gained $1.30 (+8.16%) to close @ $17.24.


Shares of JSC Tatneft (TNT) gained $7.07 (+8.39%) to close @ $91.35.


Shares of NYSE Group (NYX) gained $2.86 (+4.77%) to close @ $62.86; the stock then gained an additional $0.11 in after-hours trading this evening. The NYSE Group owns The New York Stock Exchange®.


Shares of Yahoo! (YHOO) fell by $7.04 (-21.84%) to close @ $25.20; the stock then recovered $0.20 in after-hours action this evening.


Shares of PLX Technology (PLXT) fell by $2.50 (-21.24%) to close @ $9.27.


Shares of China Yuchai International (CYD) fell by $1.06 (-16.77%) to close @ $5.26.


Shares of ADC Telecommunications (ADCT) fell by $1.84 (-12.81%) to close @ $12.52.


Shares of Rambus Inc. (RMBS) fell by $2.83 (-14.44%) to close @ $16.77; the stock then recovered $0.23 in after-hours action this evening.


Shares of JAKKS Pacific (JAKK) fell by $1.76 (-9.41%) to close @ $16.95.


Shares of CIT Group (CIT) fell by $4.12 (-8.02%) to close @ $47.28.


Shares of Briggs & Stratton (BGG) fell by $1.52 (-5.32%) to close @ $27.07.


Shares of Con-Way, Inc. (CNW) fell by $1.21 (-2.28%) to close @ $51.77.


Summary of The U.S. Markets:

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DJIA: Closed @ 11,011.42 (+212.19)

NASDAQ: Closed @ 2,080.71 (+37.49)

S&P 500: Closed @ 1,259.81 (+22.95)

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NYMEX Crude Oil Future is currently @ $73.03/barrel

NY Spot Gold closed @ $641.80/ounce (-$14.20)

In New York, The U.S. Dollar buys 0.794 Euros

In New York, The Euro buys 1.2594 U.S. Dollars

The U.S. Prime Rate (Fed Prime Rate) is 8.25%


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