Global Markets Update: Monday, January 30, 2012

As the MSCI All-Country World Index (ACWI) ended last week up 1%, here are a few of the key trends that we've taken note of across global markets:
  • The MSCI ACWI x US was up 1.8% last week, with the US up only 0.1%.
  • Emerging Markets had a very strong week last week up 2.2%, which brings them to being up 10.9% so far this year.
  • Germany, France and Italy have all had a strong start to the year each up over 6% year-to-date.
  • The BRICs are performing extremely well so far in 2012 each up over 11% so far this year.
  • Of the countries we follow, Jamaica is leading in the one year returns up 18.3%.
  • The Dow Industrials had its first negative week of 2012 last week down 0.5%; however, the Dow Total Stock Market was up 0.4% last week and is up 5.2% so far this year.
  • Basic Materials (11.0%), Financials (8.6%), and Industrials (7.7%) continue to lead the US Sectors for the year.

Keith Hays & Justin Wood

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