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Market Commentary for December 15, 2006 from - Written for day traders, active traders and investors. A review of the market activity for the day, economic data plus, world news
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The Bulls had control of the markets again today, amidst this Quadruple Witching day which consists of a day in which contracts expire for stock index futures, stock index options, stock options and single stock futures. Trading volume was heavy however; day traders found trading through out the session very cumbersome with the ranges given through out the day. Day traders and investors will be faced with a difficult job next week, trading ahead of the Christmas holiday which normally provides light trading volume. At the end of the bell, here is how the major indices ended the trading session: the DOW (Dow Jones Industrial Average) moved higher by 28.76 points to close at 12445.52; the NYSE (New York Stock Exchange) fell by 6.81 points to close at 9140.39; the NASDAQ gained just 3.35 points for a close of 2457.20; the S&P 500 (Standard & Poor’s 500 Index) moved higher by a mere 1.60 points to close at 1427.09 and the RUSSELL 2000 fell 1.50 points to close at 792.71.
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 0.09 to close at 238.57 and the FTSE RAFI 1000 moved higher by 3.57 points to close at 5925.61.

Economic data released for the day:

Consumer Price Index: The measure of the average price level of a fixed basket of goods and services purchased by consumers; monthly changes represent the rate of inflation. U.S. Real Average Weekly Earnings rose by 0.2% in November; November CPI Energy Prices fell by 0.2%; November CPI Food Prices fell by 0.1%; November CPI Ex-Food & Energy were Unchanged compared to consensus of a rise by +0.2% and November Consumer Prices were Unchanged compared to consensus of a rise by 0.2%.

Treasury International Capital: The flow of financial instruments into and out of the United States is tracked by this Treasury data. Tracking is included for: Treasury Securities, agency securities, corporate bonds and corporate equities. Foreign demand for Long-Term U.S. Securities for month of October came in at $82.3 billion.

Industrial Production: The physical output of the nation’s factories, utilities and mines. The Industrial sector accounts for less than one fifth of the economy with a mostly cyclical variation. The usage of available resources amount utilities, mines and factories is the capacity utilization rate. A warning sign of inflationary pressure is detected by an increase operating rate. U.S. November Industrial Production rose by 0.2% compared to consensus of an increase by 0.1%; U.S. November Capacity Utilization was Unchanged at 81.8% compared to consensus of 82.2% and U.S. October Industrial Production was Revised to 0.0% from a rise by 0.2%.

On the commodities markets, the trend was mixed across the board again today: Light crude moved higher by $0.92 to close at $63.43 a barrel; Heating Oil closed higher by $0.01 to end the day at $1.82 a gallon; Natural Gas moved lower by $0.19 to end the day at $7.51 per million BTU and Unleaded Gas closed higher by $0.02 at $1.69 a gallon.

Metals ended the session lower across the board today: Gold moved lower by $11.80 to close at $619.10 an ounce; Silver closed lower by $0.97 at $12.98 an ounce; Platinum moved lower by $8.20 to close at $1,104.50 an ounce and Copper ended the day lower by $0.04 to close at $3.02 per pound.

On the Livestock and Meat markets, the trend was mostly higher across the board today: Lean Hogs closed with no change at 62.25; Pork Bellies closed higher by 0.28 to end the day at 91.58; Live Cattle closed higher by 1.18 to end the day at 89.50 and Feeder Cattle ended the day higher by 1.18 to close at 96.85.

Other Commodities: Corn moved lower by 2.75 today to close at 369.00 and Soybeans moved lower by 5.25 to close at 672.25.

Bonds were mostly higher across the board today: 2 year Bond closed higher by 1/32 at 99 26/32; 5 year bond moved higher by 1/32 to close at 99 22/32; 10 year bond closed higher by 1/32 at 100 7/32 and the 30 year bond closed lower by 1/32 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 lower by 78,502 to close at 8,751,427 and the Open Interest for Options moved higher by 92,488 to close at 6,975,825 for a total Open Interest of 15,727,312 for a total gain on the day by 13,986. The mini Dow ended the session with a gain of 21 to close at 12530. The total Dow Exchange Volume for the day came in at 178,911 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:

The Black and Decker Corporation (BDK) plummeted today to lose 8.66 points with a close of $78.26; AMREP Corporation (AXR) moved higher for the third day in a row with a gain of 7.85 points to close at $129.40; iShares Silver Trust (SLV) fell sharply by 9.02 points to close the session at $128.15; Walter Industries Incorporated (WLT) was lower by 22.52 points to close at $26.53 and Whirlpool Corporation (WHR) fell by 3.58 points to end at $82.29 on the day.

On the NASDAQ today, advancers came in at 1,470; decliners totaled 1,609; unchanged came in at 139; new highs came in at 147 and new lows came in at 28. Gainers and losers for the day on the NASDAQ:

Glacier Bancorp Incorporated (GBCI) fell sharply by 12.38 points to close at $24.56 with a loss on the day of 33.51%; Zoltek Companies Incorporated (ZOLT) shed 4.89 points to end the day at $20.61; Incorporated (BIDU) lost 2.84 points to close at $117.21; Ueps Technologies Incorporated (UEPS) moved higher by 2.90 points to end the day at $31.20 and PRA International (PRAI) gave up 2.68 points on the session to close at $25.63.

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