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With the Nasdaq Composite (COMP - 3890.1) down 1.27 percent and the S&P 500 Index (.SPX - 1445) down 0.67 percent today, the sector indices are seeing mixed activity, with 13 of 35 in positive territory. Among the indices we follow, three hit new annual highs today and one hit a new annual low. The top four performing indices today are the PHLX Oil Service Sector Index (OSX - 122.85), up 3.7 percent; the Morgan Stanley Healthcare Payors Index (HMO - 320.31), up 3.2 percent; the AMEX Pharmaceutical Index (DRG - 413.7), up 1.9 percent; and the AMEX Securities Broker/Dealer Index (XBD - 506.45), up 1.7 percent. The four indices showing the most weakness are the PHLX Gold and Silver Index (XAU - 57.04), down 3.7 percent; the GSTI Hardware Index (GHA - 561.31), down 3.6 percent; the PHLX Semiconductor Index (SOX - 1127.7), down 3.6 percent; and the AMEX Biotechnology Index (BTK - 656.8), down 3.3 percent.