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by 6/5/2000 2:10 PM
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With the Nasdaq Composite (COMP - 3797.6) down 0.41 percent and the S&P 500 Index (SPX - 1465.96) lower by 0.76 percent today, 16 of the 35 sector indices are in positive territory. Here are the top four performing indices today: the AMEX Biotechnology Index (BTK - 559.8), up 4.5 percent; the PHLX Gold and Silver Index (XAU - 60.99), up 2.9 percent; the Morgan Stanley Healthcare Products Index (RXP - 886.4), up 1.9 percent; and the GSTI Hardware Index (GHA - 551.56), up 1.5 percent. The four indices showing the most weakness are the PHLX KBW Banking Index (BKX - 864.33), down 3.2 percent; the S&P Insurance Index (IUX - 639.1), down 2.3 percent; the CBOE Internet Index (INX - 619.5), down 2.2 percent; and the PHLX Oil Service Sector Index (OSX - 111.08), down 2.0 percent.<
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by 6/5/2000 2:06 PM
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Stocks have fluctuated around their starting point for most of the session after an initial sell-off. The S&P 500 Index (SPX - 1469.15) is lower by 0.56 percent. Currently on the NYSE, 1,583 declining issues are leading 1,245 advancing issues, while 481 issues are unchanged. Down volume of 330,130,700 shares has eclipsed up volume of 212,583,750 shares. New highs have surpassed new lows, 39 to 20. The Nasdaq Composite (COMP - 3809.1) is down by 0.11 percent. Advancing Nasdaq issues of 2,142 are beating 1,803 declining issues, while 592 issues are unchanged. Up volume of 545,349,300 shares is outpacing down volume of 435,049,900 shares. New highs own a 62-to-43 advantage over new lows.
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by 6/5/2000 2:02 PM
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Federal Reserve President of Atlanta Jack Guynn spoke today before the Atlanta Treasury Management Association. In his remarks, Guynn was outspoken about the Fed's need to be increasingly vigilant on inflation. Though Guynn did acknowledge that recent economic data suggests that the U.S. economy may be balancing supply and demand a bit better than in past months, he said that risks of inflation still exist. Guynn noted that higher commodity, energy, and wage costs make it possible that inflationary pressures are still increasing. He also noted that the historically low U.S. saving rate and trade deficit give no room for error in ensuring that inflation is held in check. Interestingly, Guynn also suggested that the increase in productivity in recent years is a result of the Fed's creation of a low-inflation environment that has encouraged business investment in technology and does not represent some "new economy" that may continue indefinitely.
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by 6/5/2000 1:44 PM
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Shares of retailer Kohl's (KSS - 56-7/16) broke out to an all-time high last Friday, traveling nearly nine percent higher for the day. Today, KSS is giving back some ground, trading nearly five percent lower. The July 50 call on KSS is trading actively today. The in-the-money option has seen over 9,500 contracts cross the tape, qualifying it as the most-active call on the CBOE this afternoon. The majority of the volume is the result of three large block trades of 2,000, 2,500, and 5,000 contracts that crossed the tape in mid-morning trading.
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by 6/5/2000 1:30 PM
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The AMEX Biotechnology Index (BTK - 560.9) is leading the way in today's trading. The BTK is up approximately 4.7 percent on the day and is in the process of moving to levels not seen since March 24. The mid-April bottom in the BTK at approximately 400 marked a successful test of the 10-month moving average. The 400 level also marked a 50-percent correction from the early March high of 806.4.
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