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Sterling Weekly for January 2nd, 2006

Friday of last week marked the last trading day of 2005, which is now officially done and in the books. As usually I am publishing my report on the performance of the indices I track. The table below contains the 34 indices I track on a daily basis. This includes three (3) interest rate indices (the FVX, TNX, & TYX), and 31 equity indices. In 2005 we saw a flattening of the yield curve as the Fed continued to raise short term interest rates without any significant impact on long term rates. Looking at the equity indices we see that the 4 of the 5 top performing sector indices were related to either commodities or broker/dealers that were expected to profit from the trading of commodities. In fact 6 of the top 7 sector indices would fit this profile if you consider that computer memory storage is almost a commodity product. In general the high tech indices did not perform that well, and there doesn't seam to be much correlation between those indices that were negative on the year other than concerns relating to the economy.

Pt. change
% change
Interactive 'INX'
Insurance 'IUX'
CBOE Technology 'TXX'
Amex Natural Gas 'XNG'
398.15 107.69 37.08%
Amex Oil 'XOI'
986.83 265.71 36.85%
Philly Gold/Silver 'XAU'
128.03 28.68 28.87%
Amex Broker/Dealer 'XBD'
196.30 43.70 28.64%
Amex Biotech. 'BTK' 544.25 680.91 136.66 25.11%
CBOE 5-Yr Treasury 'FVX 36.07 43.55 7.48 20.74%
M.S. Commodities 'CRX' 419.98 503.56 83.58 19.90%
Amex Disk Drive Man. 'DDX' 121.59 144.18 22.59 18.58%
Philly Utility 'UTY' 373.61 425.90 52.29 14.00%
Philly Semiconductor 'SOX' 433.31 479.49 46.18 10.66%
M.S. Health Care Prod. 'RXP' 1,308.37 1,388.45 80.08 6.12%
S&P Healthcare 'HCX' 350.48 367.49 17.01 4.85%
CBOE 10-Yr. Treasury 'TNX' 42.16 43.95 1.79 4.25%
Amex N. Amer Telecom 'XTC' 720.69 745.16 24.47 3.40%
S&P 500 'SPX' 1,211.92 1,248.29 36.37 3.00%
M.S. High Tech 'MSH' 507.67 522.21 14.54 2.86%
NASDAQ 100 'NDX' 1,621.12 1,645.20 24.08 1.49%
IW Internet 'IIX' 173.74 175.97 2.23 1.28%
Amex Pharm. 'DRG' 316.62 319.99 3.37 1.06%
Amex Computer Tech. 'XCI' 724.12 727.05 2.93 0.40%
M.S. Cyclicals 'CYC' 784.10 785.05 0.95 0.12%
M.S. Consumer 'CMR' 590.79 591.50 0.71 0.12%
Philly Banking 'BKX' 104.11 103.84 (0.27) -0.26%
Dow Jones Ind. 'INDU' 10,783.01 10,717.50 (65.51) -0.61%
S&P 100 'OEX' 575.29 570.00 (5.29) -0.92%
S&P Retailers 'RLX' 461.99 456.46 (5.53) -1.20%
S&P Chemical 'CEX' 231.64 224.87 (6.77) -2.92%
S&P Banking 'BIX' 380.87 362.75 (18.12) -4.76%
Amex Networking 'NWX' 250.76 237.57 (13.19) -5.26%
CBOE 30-Yr. Treasury 'TYX' 48.22 45.47 (2.75) -5.70%
Amex Airline 'XAL'
54.43 (5.65) -9.40%
Sterling Investment Services has published a report on the Philadelphia Gold & Silver Index and its components. This report is available to the subscribers and trial subscribers of our daily newsletter the Prime Stock Newsletter. The report can be accessed by subscribers & trial subscribers here, and additional information concerning this report is available from our home page.
Sterling Calendars for the Week of January 2nd, 2006
Economic Calendar
Date Est. Time Release For

Consensus Prior
1/04 N/A Auto Sales Dec 5.8M 5.7M 5.5M
1/04 N/A Truck Sales Dec 7.7M 7.6M 7.0M
1/04 10:00am Factory Orders Nov. 2.6% 2.4% 1.7%
1/05 8:30am Initial Claims 12/31 320k 320k 322k
1/05 10:00am ISM Services Dec. 60.0 59.0 58.5
1/05 10:30am Crude Inventories 12/30      
1/06 8:30am Nonfarm Payrolls Dec. 200k 200k 215k
1/06 8:30am Unemployment Rate Dec. 5.0% 5.0% 5.0%
1/06 8:30am Hourly Earnings Dec. 0.2% 0.2% 0.2%
1/06 8:30am Average Workweek Dec. 33.7 33.7 33.7

  Misc. Calendar
Date: Comments:
1/04 Burlington Coat Factory 'BCF' announces earnings. Time N/A. Est. $1.02
1/04 Monsanto Co. 'MON' announces earnings. Time N/A. Est. $0.19
1/05 Accenture 'ACN' announces earnings after the close. Est. $0.34
1/05 Immucor 'BLUD' announces earnings after the close. Est. $0.19
  The full earnings calendar for this week can be found (here)

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Highlights from Recent editions of the Prime Stock Newsletter
Recommendation Date Entry Point Recent Close or Exit Price Profit* Note
Advanced Micro 'AMD' Nov. 7th $24.63 $32.40


Should continue to move higher.
Alcoa 'AA' Nov. 2 $24.30 $29.90 $5.60 Should still move higher.
Capital One 'COF'

Dec 19th

$85.25 $88.56 $3.16 Held overnight and sold the next day
* The per share PROFIT is a theoretical calculation based upon the opening price the day the recommendation is published and the intra day high (or low for short sales) on the exit day. The exit day is determined based upon the application of our "Rules for Trading", the implementation of "stops" within our stated policy, and may not reflect the complete or full movement of the underlying recommendation.

Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDU)

Current Opinion: Closed @ 10,847.41 Last Signal: Called Higher with the close of 10,823.72 on December 13th. Current Expectations: I think the end of the year weakness is over for the market. I am expecting the Dow Jones Industrial Average to move higher and test 10,940.55 on a closing basis.

The S&P 500

Current Opinion: Closed @ 1,268.80 Last Signal: Called higher with the close of 1,267.43 on December 13th. Current Expectation: I am expecting the S&P 500 to continue to move higher and test 1,312.54 on a closing basis.

The NASDAQ 100 (NDX)

Current Opinion: Closed @ 1,679.93 Last Signal: Called Higher with the close of 1,679.93 on January 3rd. Current Expectations: This index was hit harder by the end of the year selling, declining more than the other major indices. I am now expecting the NDX to continue to move higher and test 1,709.10 and then 1.720.91 on a closing basis.

CBOE Ten Year Treasury Index (TNX)

Current Opinion: Closed @ 4.370% Last Signal: Called Lower after the close of trading on December 16th with a close of 4.448% Current Expectations: This index should move lower and test then 4.176% on a closing basis.

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