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Morningstar Indexes: Weekly Market Report

Week ending June 16:  Inflation concerns overshadow Fed chairman's comments.

Morningstar Indexes, 06/20/2006

Markets reacted favorably to comments by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Wednesday staging a two-day rally. However, persistent concerns about inflation and interest rates dragged the Morningstar US Market Index down on Friday, ending the week of June 16 with a modest 0.2% loss.

Returns from the capitalization indexes suggest a move to larger, more stable stocks as the Morningstar Large Cap Index finished the week up a scant 0.05%, but still well ahead of its mid- and small-cap brethren. The Morningstar Growth Index also ended the week in positive territory, driven entirely by this week's best performing style index, the Morningstar Large Growth Index, up a healthy 0.7%.

Large-growth semiconductor stocks Intel INTC, Broadcom BRCM, and Marvel Technology MRVL jumped by 6.77%, 9.76%, and 10.8%, respectively, after an analyst upgraded the downtrodden sector. However, the bullish sentiment did not carry over to hardware manufacturers, as Dell DELL lost 4.51% and Apple AAPL dropped 2.84%.

The Morningstar Small Growth Index stands out from the rest with a substantial 1.43% loss for the week casting it in deep red. Rambus RMBS, a semiconductor manufacturer, and Equinix EQIX, a network data center operator, both dropped significantly after getting caught up in the growing options back-dating scandal. Shares of index component Intermagnetics General IMGC, a MRI products manufacturer, jumped 20.36% on news of an acquisition by Phillips Electronics.

For a more in-depth look into market performance, view the PDF report U.S. Market Overview.

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