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Equity futures higher after economic numbers

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Equity futures have turned higher this morning after retail sales numbers were released and came in stronger than expected. Wall Street was looking for retail sales to increase 0.4%, but this morning's numbers show the consumer has been spending as retail sales increased 0.7%. Currently we're seeing S&P futures higher by 2.5 points, NASDAQ futures are higher by 20 and Dow futures are up 8. Fair value for the S&P 500 is $5.84 and buy programs are set for $7.54 and selling set at $4.24.

Credit Suisse downgrades Intel

Credit Suisse First Boston cut its rating on shares of Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) this morning from "buy" to "hold". Yesterday shares of INTC finished the session at $34.56 and we're seeing a few trades take place at $34.25 after this downgrade.

Indexes and components

Lately I've been getting a lot of questions as to what stocks make up certain indexes. Here's a quick list of indexes we talk about from time to time and those stocks that make up their related indexes.

Biotechnology Index (BTK.X) Components AMGN, CRA, BTGC, BGEN, CEPH, CHIR, CORR, GENZ, GILD, HGSI, IDPH, IMNX, MEDI, MLNM, ORG, PDLI, VRTX.

Morgan Stanley High-Technology Index (MSH.X) Components AMZN, AOL, AMAT, ADP, BRCM, CSCO, CPQ, CA, DELL, ERTS, EDS, EMC, HWP, INTC, IBM, INTU, JDSU, JNPR, LU, MU, MSFT, MOT, NT, ORCL, PALM, PMTC, PSFT, SLR, STM, SUNW, SCMR, TLAB, TXN, XLNX, YHOO.

Computer Technology Index (XCI.X) Components AMD, AAPL, AMAT, ADP, CSCO, CPQ, CA, CSC, DELL, EDS, EMC, GTW, HWP, INTC, IBM, MU, MSFT, MOT, NSM, NOVL, ORCL, PALM, SGI, STK, SUNW, TXN, COMS.

Disk Drive Index (DDX.X) Components HTCH, IOM, MXTR, DSS, HDD, RDRT, SNDK, STK, WDC.

Pharmaceutical Index (DRG.X) Components ABT, AZA, AHP, AMGN, AZN, BMY, FRX, GSK, JNJ, KG, LLY, MRK, PFE, PHA, SGP.

Airline Index (XAL.X) Components ALK, AWA, AMR, CAL, DAL, KLM, NWAC, LUV, UAL, U.

Securities Broker/Dealer Index (XBD.X) Components AMTD, BSC, EGRP, AGE, GS, JEF, LM, LEH, MER, MWD, RJF, SCH, TWE.

Natural Gas Index (XNG.X) Components APC, APA, BRR, BR, EEX, EPG, ENE, EOG, KMI, NFG, NBL, OEI, PPP, STR, WMB.

Oil Index (OIX.X) Components AHC, BP, CHV, COC.B, XOM, KMG, OXY, P, REP, RD, SUN, TX, TOT, UCL, MRO.

Morgan Stanley Cyclical Index (CYC.X) Components AA, CAT, C, CSX, DCN, DE, DOW, DD, ETN, FDX, F, GP, GT, HWP, HON, IR, IP, JCI, KRI, MAS, MMM, MOT, PTV, PD, PPG, R, S, UTX, X, WHR.

Morgan Stanley Consumer Index (CMR.X) Components ABT, ABS, AHP, AIG, BUD, ADP, KO, CL, CAG, CCK, DIS, EMR, GIS, G, GWW, IFF, JNJ, KMB, MCD, MDT, MRK, NWL, PEP, MO, PG, SGP, SWY, SYY, WMT, WAG.

Jeff Bailey
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