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NASDAQ Weekly Market Pulse

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Risk on! Investors pile back into stocks as debt ceiling deadline approaches, while precious metals suffer a pull-back.

ADVISORY, Oct. 16, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The prospect of a potential deal to bring an end of the fiscal drama in Washington gave investors a level of certainty. The corporate calendar has taken a backburner to political concerns, but the early earnings reports showed more softness in mortgage banking. A rally this past Thursday helped US stocks post one of the best one day performances year-to-date.

TOP INDEX MOVERS  
LAST 5 TRADING DAYS ( + / - )  
TOP 5 EQUITY INDEXES: 10/9 – 10/15
NASDAQ-100 INDEX (NDX) +2.88%
NASDAQ EM EUROPEINDEX (NQEMEUR)  +2.85%
NASDAQ USBENCHMARK INDEX(NQUSB) +2.59%
NASDAQ ASPA INDEX(NQASPA) +2.46%
NASDAQ EMERGINGMARKETS INDEX (NQEM) +2.29%

TOP 5 COMMODITYINDEXES: 10/9– 10/15
NASDAQ COMMODITYGOLD INDEX ER(NQCIGCER) -3.92%
NASDAQ COMMODITYPRECIOUS METALS INDEXER (NQCIPMER)  -3.70%
PHLX OIL SERVICESECTOR INDEX (OSX) +2.55%
NASDAQ COMMODITYLEAN HOGS INDEX ER(NQCILHER) -2.10%
NASDAQ COMMODITYCRUDE OIL INDEX ER(NQCICLER) -1.84%

"Riskier assets appear to be more attractive with a deal on the immediate horizon," said David Gedeon, Managing Director, NASDAQ OMX Global Indexes, "We have seen sizable swings over the past few days, and into these possible final hours, but it seems we'll be able to meet our debt obligations and reopen the government."

INDEX MOVES THIS WEEK

  • The potential deal in DC forced traders to reduce their positions and curbed any opportunity to use Gold as a flight to safety. The NASDAQ Commodity Gold Index ER (NQCIGCER) dropped by 3.9% in the past five trading days.

     

  • The NASDAQ-100 Index (NDX) has surged (+2.9%), ahead of the expected deal in Washington, climbing to a 13 year high.

     

  • Optimistic news out of Brazil appeared to fuel emerging markets. The NASDAQ Emerging Markets Index (NQEM) advanced by 2.3%.

*The Weekly Market Pulse was first published on www.nasdaq.com

CONTACT: MEDIA CONTACTS: Nick Lawler Intermarket Communications (212) 754-5613 nlawler@intermarket.com Nora Sabry Intermarket Communications (212) 754-5468 nsabry@intermarket.com Wayne Lee NASDAQ OMX (301) 978-4875 Wayne.d.lee@nasdaqomx.com

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