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NEWS FOR THE WEEK OF FEBRUARY 13

On Thursday, The Dow Jones Industrial Average Retail Sales Excluding Autos Increased 2.2% In Jan.,
Increased 0.6% To 11,120.68, It’s Highest Close Since The Best Advance Since December 1999. (“Retail Sales Post
June 5, 2001. (“Dow’s 11,000-Plus Streak Grows Legs,” USA Today, 2/17/06) Strong January Gain,” The Associated Press, 2/14/06)

The Nasdaq Composite Index Is Up 4% This Year. • Including Autos, Sales Grew 2.3%, The Best
(“Dow’s 11,000-Plus Streak Grows Legs,” USA Today, 2/17/06) Showing Since May 2004. (“Retail Sales Post Strong January
Gain,” The Associated Press, 2/14/06)
• The S&P 500 Index Is Up 3.3% So Far This Year.
(“Dow’s 11,000-Plus Streak Grows Legs,” USA Today, 2/17/06) Gasoline Prices Have Dropped 7 Cents In The Last Two
Weeks. (Energy Information Administration Website, www.eia.doe.gov, Accessed
2/17/06)

• AAA Expects The Average Price In Several
Metropolitan Areas To Soon Fall Below $2. The
Last Time The National Average Was Less Than
$2 Was March 7, 2005. (“Gasoline Falls Below $2 In Some Spots,”
USA Today, 2/17/06)
Construction Of New Homes Increased 14.5% In Jan.,
The Fastest Rise In More Than Three Decades. (“Housing
Construction Surges In January To Highest Level In Three Decades,” The Associated
Press, 12/16/06)

The Philadelphia Federal Reserve’s Manufacturing Index
Increased To 15.4% In Feb. From 3.3% In Jan. (Readings
Above Zero Mean The Sector Is Expanding.) (“Philly Fed Index The Federal Government Ran A $21 Billion Surplus In
Shows Stronger Factory Sector,” MarketWatch, 2/16/06)
Jan., The Biggest Jan. Surplus Since 2002. (“Gov’t Budget
Surplus Hits $21B For Jan.,” The Associated Press, 2/10/06)
• The Empire State Manufacturing Index Rose
Slightly To 20.3% In Feb. (“Factory Activity Steady In New York,” • Revenues Were Up 13.7% From January 2005.
MarketWatch, 2/15/06) (“Gov’t Budget Surplus Hits $21B For Jan.,” The Associated Press, 2/10/06)

U.S. Factory Output Jumped 0.7% In Jan., The 4th • The Deficit For The First Four Months Of The
Straight Monthly Increase. (“Factory Output Rose In January For Fourth Fiscal Year Was $98.3 Billion, A 10.2%
Month,” The Wall Street Journal, 2/16/06)
Improvement Over The First Four Months Of
Orders For Factory Goods Increased 1.1% In Dec. (“U.S. The Last Fiscal Year. (“Gov’t Budget Surplus Hits $21B For
Dec. Factory Orders Rise 1.1%, MarketWatch, 2/3/06) Jan.,” The Associated Press, 2/10/06)

• Nov.’s Increase Was Revised From 2.5% To 3.3%.
(“U.S. Dec. Factory Orders Rise 1.1%, MarketWatch, 2/3/06)

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