The Yonder 40 fell for the week ending Friday, July 20, just like all the other major stock indices. Only, the Yonder 40 fell by more than the Dow, the NASDAQ or the S&P 500.

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The Yonder 40: The Stock Index for Rural America Lost In a Down Week

Yonder 40 v. DowThe Yonder 40 fell for the week ending Friday, July 20, just like all the other major stock indices. Only, the Yonder 40 fell by more than the Dow, the NASDAQ or the S&P 500.

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The Yonder 40 July 20The Yonder 40 stock index was down a little over two percent this week — but then all the major stock indices lost ground in five days of up and down trading.

The Yonder 40, a group of forty publicly traded stocks chosen to measure the rural economy, was down 2.2 percent for the week.

The Dow Industrials were down less than half a percent. The small-stock dominated NASDAQ was down by .72 of a percent. The broader S&P 500 was down by 1.2 percent.

Several Yonder stocks had bad weeks. Lee Enterprises, which operates newspapers in smaller towns, was down by more than 11 percent in the week. Lee reported that advertising revenues in May were down 1.7 percent from 2006, reflecting the general poor business environment for newspapers. Peabody Coal was off by nearly 7 percent, after a downgrade of coal stocks. Southwest Bancorp was down by nearly 8 percent after several neutral ratings from analysts.

Gainers in the Yonder 40 were few, but Smithfield Foods and the gunmaker Sturm Ruger were both up by nearly 4 percent in the week.

The Yonder 40 is an experiment in measuring the rural economy. We began July with a basket of stocks that we felt reflected the economy in rural America. There has been some conversation about what the Yonder 40 really means. We hope this discussion continues.

In the meantime, here is a list of the stocks and how they performed over the last week:

THE YONDER 40: JULY 20, 2007

Yonder 40

Ticker

Price July 20

Price Change This Week

 

Percent Change

Alico Inc. ALCO 55.05 -$3.57 -6.1%
Andersons Inc. ANDE 46.55 -$1.33 -2.8%
Bassett Furniture Industries Inc. BSET 14.04 $0.16 1.2%
Berkshire Hathaway Inc. BRKB 3,642.50 -$35.00 -1.0%
Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp. BNI 90.36 $1.68 1.9%
Cabela's Inc. CAB 21.53 -$0.35 -1.6%
Cato Corp. Cl A CTR 23.86 -$1.15 -4.6%
Cimarex Energy Co. XEC 41.2 $0.74 1.8%
Citizens Communications Co. CZN 15.16 -$0.39 -2.5%
ConAgra Foods Inc. CAG 26.57 -$0.63 -2.3%
Dean Foods Co. DF 31.66 $0.07 0.2%
Deere & Co. DE 129.07 -$2.01 -1.5%
DIRECTV Group Inc. DTV 24.1 -$0.84 -3.4%
FairPoint Communications FRP 17.07 -$0.21 -1.2%
Family Dollar Stores FDO 34.52 -$0.28 -0.8%
Fleetwood Enterprises Inc. FLE 10.7 -$0.57 -5.1%
Gaylord Entertainment Co. GET 54.66 -$1.30 -2.3%
Hormel Foods Corp. HRL 36.4 -$1.16 -3.1%
International Speedway Corp. ISCA 50.13 -$0.42 -0.8%
Lee Enterprises Inc. LEE 18.54 -$2.34 -11.2%
Mine Safety Appliances Co. MSA 44.95 -$0.38 -0.8%
Mohawk Industries Inc. MHK 97.42 -$4.39 -4.3%
Monsanto Co. MON 69.04 -$1.02 -1.5%
Peabody Energy BTU 46.21 -$3.35 -6.8%
Penn Virginia Corp. PVA 41.29 -$0.49 -1.2%
Plum Creek Timber Co. Inc. REIT PCL 42.42 -$0.88 -2.0%
Ralcorp Holdings RAH 53.71 -$2.93 -5.2%
Regions Financial Corp. RF 32.62 -$1.43 -4.2%
Skywest Inc. SKYW 23.47 -$0.48 -2.0%
Smithfield Foods Inc. SFD 34.62 $1.26 3.8%
Southern Co. SO 34.26 -$0.61 -1.7%
Southwest Bancorp OKSB 21.26 -$1.83 -7.9%
Stage Stores Inc. SSI 20.71 -$0.72 -3.4%
Sturm Ruger & Co. RGR 16.66 $0.61 3.8%
Tractor Supply Co. TSCO 49.52 -$2.79 -5.3%
Tyson Foods Inc. TSN 23.67 -$0.24 -1.0%
UST Inc. UST 53.83 $1.40 2.7%
Waddell & Reed Financial Inc. WDR 27.59 -$0.11 -0.4%
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. WMT 48.06 -$1.09 -2.2%
Walter Industries Inc. WLT 30.33 -$1.28 -4.0%

 

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