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Economic Data (USA)

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

The 3 Majors Advanced On Bullishness Related to Interest Rates

The 3 major indices advanced today: comments by Federal Reserve boss Ben Bernanke related to the deflating housing market triggered a rise in speculation that the Fed will opt to lower interest rates early next year. The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) crossed the 11,800 mark for the first time, closing at a brand new, all-time record high of 11,850.61.

1,863,904,270 shares were traded @ The New York Stock Exchange®.

Shares of DJIA component Boeing (BA) gained $2.18 (+2.67%) to close @ $83.96 on news that the U.S. military has awarded the company two contracts: a $9 million deal to develop and test building-leveling weapons, and a $5.3 million deal to install radio transmitters on Apache helicopters.

Shares of DJIA component International Business Machines (IBM) gained $1.45 (+1.78%) to close @ $83.10 on news that the company will develop and maintain business systems for Cigna Corporation in seven-year deal worth about $723.5 million.

Shares of DJIA component Procter & Gamble (PG) added $1.04 (+1.67%) to close @ $63.34.

Shares of DJIA component Altria (MO) added $1.26 (+1.67%) to close @ $76.90.

Shares of DJIA component Exxon-Mobil (XOM) added $1.20 (+1.83%) to close @ $66.61.

Shares of WESCO International Inc. (WCC) added $4.32 (+6.99%) to close @ $66.08.

Shares of OM Group Inc. (OMG) added $5.55 (+12.46%) to close @ $50.09.

Shares of Geo Group Inc. (GEO) added $2.35 (+8.29%) to close @ $30.70.

Shares of Corus Group plc (CGA) added $3.44 (+23.31%) to close @ $18.20.

Shares of Angeion Corporation (ANGN) added $2.25 (+32.05%) to close @ $9.27.

Shares of Armor Holdings Inc. (AH) lost $5.79 (-9.67%) to close @ $54.09.

Shares of Sinopec Shanghai Petrochemical Co. Ltd. (SHI) lost $2.66 (-5.76%) to close @ $43.52.

Shares of Sonesta International Hotels Corporation (SNSTA) lost $1.64 (-9.30%) to close @ $16.00.

Summary of The U.S. Markets:


DJIA: Closed @ 11,850.61 (+123.27)

NASDAQ: Closed @ 2,290.95 (+47.30)

S&P 500: Closed @ 1,350.22 (+16.11)


NYMEX Crude Oil Future is currently @ $59.90/barrel

NY Spot Gold closed @ $561.50/ounce (-$14.90)

In New York, The U.S. Dollar buys 0.7871 Euros

In New York, The Euro buys 1.2704 U.S. Dollars

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

10-Year Treasury Note Yield is currently @ 4.565%

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