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Morningstar Indexes: Weekly Market Report

Week ending June 9:  Fed chairman's comments spook markets.

Morningstar Indexes, 06/13/2006

Markets were spooked by comments from Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke on the growing concern of rising inflation. Investors took that as a signal for another hike in interest rates. The Morningstar US Market Index plunged 3.03% for the week ending June 9, reducing the gain for the year so far to 1.52%.

With losses ranging from 2.2% for the Morningstar Large Core Index to 5.42% for the Morningstar Small Growth Index, there was little place to hide. But large-cap and value-oriented stocks, which tend to hold on more firmly in times of high volatility, fared better than the rest of the styles.

Railroad stocks had a rough week on worries that an economic slowdown could hurt transportation revenues. Burlington Northern Santa Fe BNI, Norfolk Southern NSC, and Union Pacific UNP, all members of the Morningstar Large Core Index, lost 8% or more for the week. Industrial material stocks like General Electric GE, Caterpillar CAT, and United Technologies UTX also had a negative influence on the index.

American Medical Systems AMMD, a surgical products producer, and Laserscope LSCP, a medical laser manufacture, announced a merger agreement, sending Laserscope shares up 43.16% and American Medical Systems down 20.65%.

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

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