NEWS FOR THE WEEK OF JANUARY 2

108,000 Jobs Were Created In Dec. And Numbers Were Revised To Show 305,000 New Jobs In Nov. (90,000 More Than Originally Estimated). (“US Payroll
Increase Below Expectations,” Dow Jones, 1/6/06)

The Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index Rose To 103.6 In Dec., The Highest Since Before The Hurricanes. (“U.S. Consumer Confidence At Highest Level Since
Katrina,” MarketWatch, 12/28/05)

More Than 2 Million Jobs Were Created In 2005 And More Than 4.6 Million Jobs Have Been Created Over 31 Straight Months Of Growth (Since May 2003). (Bureau Of Labor Statistics Website,
www.bls.gov, Accessed 1/6/06)

University Of Michigan’s Consumer Sentiment Index Rose To 91.5 In Dec., Up From 81.6 In Nov.
(“New-Home Sales Fell In The Month As Durable-Goods Orders Gained,” The Wall Street Journal, 12/24/05)

The Jobless Rate Was 4.9% -- The Rate In Germany, Europe’s Largest Economy, Is 11.1%. (Bureau Of Labor
Statistics Website, www.bls.gov, 1/6/06; “German Unemployment Rate Rises To 11.1 Percent In December,” The Associated Press, 1/3/06)

Real Hourly Wages Are Up 1.1% Over Early 2001, The Previous Business Cycle Peak. (Editorial, “Rodney Dangerfield
Revisited,” The Wall Street Journal, 12/30/05)

Personal Incomes And Consumer Spending Increased 0.3% In Nov. (“U.S. Spending, Income Up
0.3% In Nov,” MarketWatch, 12/22/05)

France’s Jobless Rate Is 9.6%. (“France’s Jobless
Rate Drops Slightly,” The Associated Press, 12/29/05)

Jobless Claims Fell By 35,000 Last Week, The Lowest Level Since Sept. 2000 – The Four-Week Average Fell 9,750, The Lowest Since Before Hurricane Katrina.
(“Jobless Claims Plunge To 5-Year Low,” MarketWatch, 1/5/06)

The Index Of Leading Economic Indicators Increased 0.5% In Nov. After A 1% Increase In Oct. (The Best Since June). (“Leading Indicators Gain Momentum,” MarketWatch, 12/22/05) The ISM Services Index Increased To 59.8% In Dec., Indicating Continued Growth In The Sector. (“U.S. Dec. ISM
Services Index Rebounds To 59.8%,” MarketWatch, 1/5/06)

State Tax Revenues Were Up 9.2% In The 3rd Quarter Of 2005 Over The Year Before. (“Next Year's Tax Relief Will
Include Energy Credits, Higher Deductions,” The Wall Street Journal, 12/21/05)

Orders For Durable Goods (Goods Expected To Last At Least 3 Years) Increased 4.4% In Nov., The Biggest Jump Since May. (“New-Home Sales Fell In The Month As DurableGoods Orders Gained,” The Wall Street Journal, 12/24/05)

48 States (All But Rhode Island And Louisiana) Expect Revenues To Improve Or Remain Stable Next Fiscal Year. (“Revenue Is Starting To Burn Holes In
States' Pockets,” The Washington Post, 12/21/05)

Factory Orders Increased 2.5% In Nov. To A RecordHigh Of $407.7 Billion. (“Factory Orders Post 2.5 Percent Increase
In November,” The Associated Press, 1/4/06)

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