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Sunday, June 08, 2008

Market Update for June 8, 2008

The markets gave back much of their gains on Friday as oil prices and unemployment surged.

Crude Oil futures finished the up $10.75, or 8.8%, at $138.54 after a government official in Israel said would have to attack Iran if diplomatic efforts failed to halt Iran's nuclear bomb program. Today Israeli officials dismissed Transportation Minister Shaul Mofaz's threat of military action against Iran, stressing that the hawkish remarks do not represent Israel's policy.

The US unemployment rate gained half a percentage point to 5.5% in May, its highest level since October 2004 and biggest one-month increase in 22 years.

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Market Statistics for 06/8/08

S&P500

More S&P 500 Charts
(Using Intraday prices):

Last Market High 10/11/07 at 1,576.09
Last Market low 03/17/08 at 1,256.98
Current S&P500 Price
1,360.68
Decline in Pts

215.41
Decline in %

13.7%
Max Decline

20.2%

    This means the correction from high to low has been 20.2% and the S&P500 is currently 13.7% off the peak.

    The MAX decline in the S&P500 off the high on a closing basis has been 18.6%

    DJIA

    More DJIA Charts
    (Using Intraday prices):

    Last Market High 10/11/07 at 14,279.96
    Last Market Low 01/22/08 at 11,508.74
    Current DJIA Price
    12,209.81
    Decline in Pts

    2070.15
    Decline in %

    14.5%
    Max Decline

    19.4%

    This means the correction from high to low has been 19.4% and the DJIA is currently 14.5% off the peak.

    The decline in the DOW off the high on a closing basis has been 17.1%

    NASDAQ:

    More NASDAQ Charts
    (Using Intraday prices):

    Last Market High 10/31/07 at 2,861.51
    Last Market Low 03/17/08 at 2,155.42
    Current NASDAQ Price
    2,474.56
    Decline in Pts

    386.95
    Decline in %

    13.5%
    Max Decline

    24.7%

    This means the correction from high to low has been 24.7% and the NASDAQ Composite is currently 13.5% off the peak.

    The decline in the NASDAQ off the high on a closing basis has been 24.1%

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    My Returns 1/1/1999 through 05/31/08

    My "70:30 Explore Portfolio" was up 198.7% or 12.3% compound annual return.
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    VFINX (S&P500) was up 31.7% or 3.0% compound annual return.
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