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AMERICAN STOCK EXCHANGE DAILY REPORT

 NEW YORK, Dec. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Prices on the American Stock Exchange closed higher today in light trading. The Amex Market Value Index closed up 1.38 to 394.17. Advances led declines 299 to 195 with 217 issues unchanged. The average price per share rose four cents.
 Stock volume for the regular session, which was abbreviated by two hours because of the holiday, totaled 9,987,540 shares, down from the 18,777,715 shares traded yesterday. There was no after-hours activity.
 Topping the most active list was ICH Corp., up 1/4 to 3-7/8 on 2,047,100 shares, followed by Exploration Co of Louisiana, unchanged at 1-3/16 on 363,600 shares. The third most active issue, Chambers Developmnent Class A was up 3/8 to 5 on 330,200 shares.
 Regular Session: Cumulative Year-to-Date:
 Stocks Today: 9,987,540 1992 to Date: 3,533,461,880
 Stocks Yesterday: 18,777,715 1991 to Date: 3,284,970,641
 1990 to Date 3,284,194,715
 After-Hours Session:
 Stocks Today: No Activity Reported
 Stocks Yesterday: No Activity Reported
 AMEX Market Value Index--Sub-Indices:
 High technology 483.14 up 3.29
 Capital goods 409.98 down 0.53
 Consumer goods 792.54 up 3.12
 Service 1,098.23 up 3.64
 Retail 1,333.04 down 0.29
 Financial 495.28 up 2.73
 Natural resources 163.13 up 0.24
 Housing, construction
 and land development 335.01 up 4.24
 New England 615.51 up 3.30
 Middle Atlantic 635.22 up 2.27
 North Central 843.35 up 2.59
 South Atlantic 1,176.51 up 3.38
 South Central 384.12 up 2.28
 Mountain 123.64 up 0.97
 Pacific 429.63 up 2.60
 Foreign 178.38 up 0.17
 Today's cumulative volume in the Emerging Company Marketplace (ECM) totaled 195,900 shares. The most actively traded stock on the ECM was Medphone Corp., up 1/16 to 3/8 on 41,300 shares.
 Trading in options was light today with 75,237 contracts changing hands as compared with 182,336 contracts traded yesterday. Calls were higher as puts traded lower.
 Topping the most active list in puts was the BRTELE JAN 70 series, up 1/8 to 9-5/8 on 3,000 contracts, followed by the Glaxo Holdings FEB 22-1/2 series, up 1/8 to 1 on 1,319 contracts. The third most active was the Major Market Index JAN 350 series up 2-11/16 to 9/16 on 1,205 contracts.
 Topping the most active list in calls was the Institutional Index FEB 475 series, down 11/16 to 7/16 on 5,000 contracts, followed by the BRTELE JAN 55 series unchanged at 6-1/2 on 3,000 contracts. The third most active was the Novell JAN 25 series, up 1 to 3 on 2,463 contracts.
 AMEX Index Options closed as follows:
 S&P Midcap Index: up .06 to 157.35. Contracts volume 78, with 48 puts and 30 calls.
 Major Market Index: up 1.15 to 351.49. Contracts volume 2,960, with 2,003 puts and 957 calls.
 XMI Leaps Index (XLT): up .12 to 35.15. Contracts volume 60 with 60 puts and 0 calls.
 Institutional Index (XII): up 1.03 to 451.00. Contracts volume 5,300 with 100 puts and 5,200 calls.
 Institutional Index (PXP): up 1.03 to 452.00. Contracts volume 970 with 710 puts and 260 calls.
 Eurotop 100 Index: up 1.25 to 435.21. Contracts volume 0 with 0 puts and 0 calls.
 Japan Index: down .40 to 178.41. Contracts volume 420, with 57 puts and 363 calls.
 Pharmaceutical Index: down .64 to 200.20. Contracts volume 512, with 43 puts and 469 calls.
 Biotechnology Index: up .93 to 166.55. Contracts volume 85, with 16 puts and 69 calls.
 Computer Technology Index: up .92 to 115.85. Contracts volume 0, with 0 puts and 0 calls.
 Oil Index: up .61 to 229.68. Contracts volume 100, with 0 puts and 100 calls.
 Equity Options Total Volume: 22,893 puts and 52,344 calls.
 AMERICAN STOCK EXCHANGE WEEKLY REPORT
 Prices on the American Stock Exchange rose this week in active trading. The Amex Market Value Index climbed 2.14 for the week to 394.17. The Market Value Index reached its intraday high of 394.17 on Thursday, having slipped to its intraday low of 390.21 on Monday. The average price per share rose seven cents this week.
 Regular session stock volume for the holiday-shortened week totaled 68,170,975 shares, up/down from the volume of 78,627,560 shares traded last week.
 Options trading was light/moderate this week as 584,542 contracts changed hands, compared with 959,477 contracts traded in last week's session.
 THE 10 MOST ACTIVE STOCKS THIS WEEK WERE:
 Hillhaven 4,128,200 4 up 1/16
 Amdahl 2,904,200 7-3/8 up 3/8
 IVAX 2,825,700 28-1/8 down 6-3/4
 Nabors Industries 2,665,000 6-1/2 unc
 ICH Corp 2,360,900 3-7/8 down
 Exploration Co of LA 2,146,400 1-3/16 down 1/4
 Digicon 1,370,400 4-1/8 unc
 Jan Bell Marketing 1,359,700 18-5/8 down 2
 Charter Medical 1,256,100 8 up 7/8
 Epitope 1,254,200 18-1/2 2
 -0- 12/24/92
 /CONTACT: Amex Corporate Communications, 212-306-1639/


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