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Somerset, PA, United States, 2006/12/14 - Written for day traders, active traders and investors. A review of the market activity for the day, economic data plus, world news.
The Bulls maintained control today with the Bears hibernating somewhere out of range. The trading ranges were firm today amidst moderate volume. Here is how the major indices rapped up the days session: the DOW (Dow Jones Industrial Average) posted a nice gain of 99.26 to close at 12416.76; the NYSE (New York Stock Exchange) moved higher by 65.94 points to end the session at 9147.17; the NASDAQ moved higher by 21.44 points to close at 2453.85; the S&P 500 (Standard & Poor’s 500 Index) tacked on 12.27 points to close at 1425.49 and the RUSSELL 2000 tacked on 5.47 points to close at 794.22. The FTSE All-World Index ex-US (top Large/Mid Cap aggregate from over 2,700 stocks from the FTSE Global Equity Index Series (GEIS) which covers 90% of the worlds investable market capitalization) moved higher by 1.06 to close at 238.37 and the FTSE RAFI 1000 moved nicely higher by 48.74 points to close at 5922.04.
Economic data released for the day:
Import and Export Prices: Goods bought in the United States but produced abroad plus goods sold abroad but produced domestically are compiled in an index which indicates inflationary trends in internationally traded products. U.S. November Petroleum Import Prices fell by 1.6%; U.S. November Non-Petroleum Import Prices rose by 0.7% and U.S. November Import Prices rose by 0.2% as compared to consensus of a drop by 0.1%.
Jobless Claims: A weekly compilation of new unemployment claims to show the number of individuals who filed for unemployment insurance for the first time. The condition of the labor market is determined by an increase of the number of claims which suggests a deteriorating labor market. Week of December 2nd Jobless Claims were unrevised at 324K; Week December 2nd Continuing Claims fell by 33K to 2,477,000 and Week of December 9th Jobless Claims fell by 20K to 304K as compared to consensus of a drop by 4K.
EIA Natural Gas Report: Weekly information provided by the EIA (Energy Information Administration) on natural gas stock piles in underground storage in the United States and three regions of the country. Prices for natural gas products are determined by the level of inventories. For week of December 9th, weekly stockpiles fell by 168 Bcf.
On the commodities markets, the trend was mixed across the board today: Light crude moved higher by $1.14 to close at $62.51 a barrel; Heating Oil closed higher by $0.04 to end the day at $1.78 a gallon; Natural Gas moved lower by $0.14 to end the day at $7.69 per million BTU and Unleaded Gas closed higher by $0.05 at $1.67 a gallon.
Metals ended the session mostly higher across the board today: Gold moved lower by $1.50 to close at $630.90 an ounce; Silver closed higher by $0.04 at $13.95 an ounce; Platinum moved higher by $4.90 to close at $1,112.70 an ounce and Copper ended the day higher by $0.02 to close at $3.06 per pound.
On the Livestock and Meat markets, the trend was lower across the board today: Lean Hogs closed lower by 1.28 to end the day at 62.25; Pork Bellies closed lower by 0.35 to end the day at 91.30; Live Cattle closed lower by 0.53 to end the day at 88.33 and Feeder Cattle ended the day lower by 1.68 to close at 97.40.
Other Commodities: Corn moved higher by 3.50 today to close at 371.75 and Soybeans moved higher by 1.50 to close at 677.50.
Bonds were lower across the board again today: 2 year Bond closed lower by 2/32 at 99 25/32; 5 year bond moved lower by 3/32 to close at 99 21/32; 10 year bond closed lower by 4/32 at 100 7/32 and the 30 year bond closed much lower by 12/32 at 96 18/32.
The end of day results for the CBOT (Chicago Board of Trade) which is comprised of the total Exchange Volume for Futures and Options (EVFO) including Electronic, Open Auction and Cash Exchange ended the day at 4,442,452. Open Interest for Futures moved higher by 24,491 to close at 8,829,929 and the Open Interest for Options moved higher by 231,656 to close at 6,883,337 for a total Open Interest of 15,713,326 for a total gain on the day by 256,207. The mini Dow ended the session with a gain of 86 to close at 12529. The total Dow Exchange Volume for the day came in at 163,253 which are comprised of Electronic, Open Auction and Cash Exchange. Traders should review workshops available at the CBOT (Chicago Board of Trade) Educational in-person seminars schedules available on CBOT (Chicago Board of Trade) website.
New York Stock Exchange movers for the day: Rio Tinto Plc (RTP) gained 3.97 points on the day for a close at $223.38; AMREP Corporation (AXR) moved higher again today by 5.62 points to close at $121.55; PetroChina Company Limited (PTR) gained 4.49 points on the day for a close at $134.02; Alexander’s Incorporated (ALX) rallied higher by 7.85 points for a closing price of $444.45 and IPSCO Incorporated (IPS) fell 4.33 points to close at $97.19.
On the NASDAQ today, advancers came in at 1,804; decliners totaled 1,247; unchanged came in at 159; new highs came in at 141 and new lows came in at 31. Gainers and losers for the day on the NASDAQ:
Research In Motion Limited (RIMM) rallied higher by 6.77 points to close at $134.25 on the day; Millicom International Cellular SA (MICC) gained 2.08 points to end the session at $63.02; SiRF Technology Holdings Incorporated (SIRF) fell 3.29 points to end at $26.30 and SAVVIS Incorporated (SVVS) gained 3.66 points to close at $37.91.
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