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With the Nasdaq Composite (COMP - 3607.6) up 2.23 percent and the S&P 500 Index (SPX - 1452.36) up 2.21 percent today, nearly all of the sector indices we follow finished higher on the day. Among this group, four hit new annual highs today, while none hit new annual lows. New highs were seen in the PHLX Oil Service Sector Index (OSX - 131.13), the AMEX Natural Gas Index (XNG - 197.81), the AMEX Morgan Stanley Commodities-Related Index (CRX - 231.93), and the CBOE Gaming Index (GAX - 292.53). The top four performing indices today were the CBOE Internet Index (INX - 607.9), up 6.2 percent; the AMEX Tobacco Index (TOB - 201.85), up 5.2 percent; the S&P Insurance Index (IUX - 636.66), up 4.6 percent; and the AMEX Securities Broker/Dealer Index (XBD 477.71), up 4.2 percent. The four indices showing the most weakness were the S&P Transportation Index (TRX - 592.4), down 1.4 percent; the CBOE Gold Index (GOX - 38.40), down 0.9 percent; the CBOE Automotive Index (AUX - 280.25), down 0.7 percent; and the PHLX Box Maker Index (BMX - 398.22), down 0.4 percent.