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Economy

Economic Data (USA)

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Consumer Confidence and Cheaper Crude Oil Helped All 3 Majors Advance Today

Cheaper crude oil and an unexpected rise in Consumer Confidence helped the 3 major indices gain ground today. 1,746,638,070 shares were traded @ The New York Stock Exchange®.


Shares of DJIA component Boeing (BA) gained $2.31 (+2.84%) to close @ $83.75.

Shares of DJIA component AT&T (T) gained $1.17 (+4.21%) to close @ $28.95; the stock then gained an additional $0.26 in after-hours action this evening. The company announced strong Q2 earnings thanks in part to job cuts and an increased number of Cingular wireless subscribers (Cingular is the U.S. #1 wireless company; AT&T owns a 60% stake in Cingular.)

Shares of DJIA component 3M (MMM) fell by $3.58 (-4.99%) to close @ $68.11; the stock then recovered $0.14 in after-hours action this evening.


Shares of DXP Enterprises Inc. (DXPE) gained $7.03 (+28.58%) to close @ $31.63.


Shares of Momenta Pharmaceuticals Inc. (MNTA) gained $4.97 (+38.08%) to close @ $18.02.


Shares of Agere Systems Inc. (AGR) gained $2.90 (+24.17%) to close @ $14.90.


Shares of Ryan's Restaurant Group Inc. (RYAN) gained $4.48 (+39.93%) to close @ $15.70.


Shares of Rent-A-Center Inc. (RCII) gained $4.24 (+18.43%) to close @ $27.25.


Shares of Myogen Inc. (MYOG) gained $3.76 (+13.30%) to close @ $32.03.


Shares of Alcon Inc. (ACL) gained $12.86 (+13.69%) to close @ $106.79.


Shares of Precision Castparts Corporation (PCP) gained $6.94 (+12.69%) to close @ $61.62.


Shares of Brown & Brown Inc. (BRO) gained $3.31 (+11.85%) to close @ $31.25.


Shares of Energizer Holdings Inc. (ENR) gained $5.02 (+9.03%) to close @ $60.60.


Shares of Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (JEC) gained $6.55 (+9.14%) to close @ $78.25.


Shares of Anixter International Inc. (AXE) gained $4.15 (+8.91%) to close @ $50.75.


Shares of Eagle Materials Inc. (EXP) gained $2.66 (+7.16%) to close @ $39.82; the stock then lost $0.32 in after-hours trading this evening.


Shares of NutriSystem Inc. (NTRI) fell by $13.38 (-19.73%) to close @ $54.42; the stock then lost an additional $0.92 in after-hours trading this evening. Investors reacted negatively to the resignation of company president and Chief Operating Officer George Jankovic.


Shares of Legg Mason Inc. (LM) fell by $8.01 (-8.49%) to close @ $86.32; the stock then lost an additional $0.51 in after-hours trading this evening.


Shares of LCA-Vision Inc. (LCAV) fell by $6.22 (-13.45%) to close @ $40.02; the stock then lost an additional $0.47 in after-hours trading this evening.


Shares of Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corporation (WAB) fell by $7.00 (-21.57%) to close @ $25.45; the stock then recovered $0.53 in after-hours trading this evening.


Shares of Zoran Corporation (ZRAN) fell by $5.56 (-28.18%) to close @ $14.17; the stock then recovered $0.26 in after-hours trading this evening.


Shares of United Parcel Service (UPS) fell by $8.20 (-10.25%) to close @ $71.80; the stock then recovered $0.20 in after-hours trading this evening.


Shares of Netflix (NFLX) fell by $4.98 (-20.96) to close @ $18.78; the stock then recovered $0.12 in after-hours trading this evening.


Shares of Forward Air Corporation (FWRD) fell by $5.21 (-13.48) to close @ $33.44.


Shares of Altus Pharmaceuticals (ALTU) fell by $4.58 (-26.37) to close @ $12.79.

Shares of Encysive Pharmaceuticals (ENCY) fell by $2.49 (-40.29) to close @ $3.69.


Shares of Champion Enterprises Inc. (CHB) fell by $1.98 (-23.02) to close @ $6.62.


Shares of Thomas & Betts Corporation (TNB) fell by $4.45 (-9.08) to close @ $44.54.


Summary of The U.S. Markets
:

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DJIA: Closed @ 11,103.71 (+52.66)

NASDAQ: Closed @ 2,073.90 (+12.06)

S&P 500: Closed @ 1,268.88 (+7.97)

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NYMEX Crude Oil Future closed @ $73.70/barrel

NY Spot Gold closed @ $617.20/ounce (+$4.30)

In New York, The U.S. Dollar buys 0.795 Euros

In New York, The Euro buys 1.2579 U.S. Dollars

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


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