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By Kent Larsen

Four MSI Stocks Off More than 25%

NEW YORK, NEW YORK -- The Mormon Stock Index dropped again this past week, as the broader indices pushed the market down and major components of the index struggled. In all, five Mormon stocks fell more than 15%, led by environmental packager EarthShell, whose 3rd quarter results failed to live up to expectations, driven by postive news of the pending adoption of its clamshell by McDonalds.

While tiny EarthShell doesn't affect the MSI very much, heavyweights Novell and Corvis do, and both stocks fell during the week. Novell dropped to a new 52-week low after its earnings fell compared to last year. While the earnings did meet expectations on Wall Street, investors were still disappointed, and broker Goldman Sachs downgraded the stock. Corvis, meanwhile fell further, reaching a new low of $27 a share, mainly due to worries that its technology will become obsolete quickly and broader worries about the optical industry.

Also dropping during the week was troubled Hollywood Entertainment, which can't seem to recover after it finally closed down its project. The company's stock has now fallen so far that CEO Mark Wattles, an LDS Church member, was forced to sell some of his shares to make payments on a loan secured by the stock.

But the biggest factor leading to the drop in the MSI is the broader market, led by the tech-heavy NASDAQ, which dropped more than 4% for the week. All but four of the stocks that make up the MSI were down for the week.
Mormon Stock Index   112.9847down 6.7005
Company SymbolLDS Executive Closing Price Change
AES Corp. AES Roger W. Sant, Chairman55.8750 down 3.1250
Black &Decker BDK Nolan D. Archbald, CEO 33.9375 down 0.3475
Caldera Systems CALD Ransom H. Love, CEO 2.5000 down 0.3750
Corvis Corporation CORV David Huber, CEO 27.0000 down 6.3125
1-800-Contacts CTAC Jonathan C. Coon, President &CEO30.6875down 4.8750
Dell Computer DELL Kevin B. Rollins, Vice Chairman24.3750down 0.5625
EarthShell ERTH Simon K. Hodson, CEO 2.3750 down 0.9062
Franklin Covey FC Stephen R. Covey, Chairman8.8125 up 0.1250
Fonix FONX Steve Studdert, Chairman0.5938 no change
Hollywood Entertainment HLYW Mark J. Wattles, CEO 1.5000 down 0.3125
Host Marriott HMT Richard Marriott, Chairman11.0000 down 0.0625
I-Link ILNK John Edwards, Chairman & CEO2.0000down 0.4062
Iomega IOM David J. Dunn, Chairman6.0300 down 0.1700
Marriott International MAR J.W. Marriott, Jr., Chairman40.6875 down 1.2500
Micrel Semiconductors MCRL Ray Zinn, Chairman and CEO37.8750 up 0.5000
Myriad Genetics MYGN Christopher L. Wight, VP, General Counsel73.6250down 11.6875
Novell NOVL Stewart Nelson, COO 6.1875 down 1.5625
NuSkin NUS Most of Management is LDS, including Chairman and CEO5.1250down 0.1875
Oakley, Inc. OO Jim Jannard, Chairman &CEO18.9375 down 2.7500
Ryder Systems R Tony Burns, Chairman 17.0000 down 0.6875
Cornerstone REIT TCR Glade M. Knight, Chairman &CEO10.8750up 0.1875
Ten Fold TENF Gary Kennedy, President and CEO1.9375 down 0.0625
Zions Bancorp ZION Harris Simmons, Chairman53.2500 up 0.3125


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