Total Returns %

1 Week

1 Month 3 Month 1 Yr Avg 3 Yr Avg 5 Yr Avg

YTD

Dow Jones

1.71

6.15 9.30 15.55 -5.08 4.09

7.79

NASDAQ

2.58

7.25 9.50 12.43 -4.62 3.14

5.99

S&P 500

1.71

6.21 9.43 11.59 -7.04 1.61

6.13

Russell 2000

2.16

9.54 12.21 15.64 -4.81 2.86

12.00

MSCI All Country World

2.05

7.52 12.24 7.70 -9.22 1.33

4.53

Source: Morningstar, Inc.  Data through 10-08-10

The start of the fourth quarter found investors cautiously optimistic with the Dow rising above 11,000 for the first time since May.  Manufacturing, services, and labor reports were all viewed as positive by investors.  Though factory orders declined in August, activity actually increased for the month when excluding the transportation-related sector.  The services sector rose more than expected in September, and jobless claims for unemployment benefits fell to the lowest level since July.  Friday’s jobs report was mixed; there was progress in the private sector, but more jobs were lost than expected in the overall job market.  However, the markets reacted positively to this labor news under the assumption that this will lead to a new bond purchase program by the government.

Global markets had a good week due to a Japan’s announcement of a stimulus plan, and a depreciated Japanese yen.  The dollar fell to a 15-year low against the yen, and an 8-month low against the euro.

This coming week, earnings reports for Google, Intel, and GE will be watched as investors look for signs of corporate revenue growth.  The retail sales report will also be released at the end of the week, which could provide insight into the upcoming holiday season.

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