Global Markets Update: Monday, February 13, 2012

After last week's lackluster action across most markets, here's a few of the trends in global markets that we've taken note of:
  • Many countries and regions around the globe were down last week; however, the World remains up 8.2% so far this year.
  • India is the second best performing country that we track, up 25.4% this year, with Egypt leading the way, up 32.4% so far this year.
  • Small Caps (+9.1%) and Mid Caps (+9.7%) continue to outperform Large Caps (+6.8%) in 2012.
  • Financials (+11.9%), Technology (+11.8%), and Basic Materials (+10.8%) continue to lead the way for US sectors this year, while Consumer Staples (-0.1%), Telecom (-2.8%), and Utilities (-3.5%) are the biggest laggards.
  • Gold and Silver have performed well this year, up 9.4% and 19.1%, respectively.  Natural Gas, however, is not doing so hot down 15.8% this year and down 38.9% over the last one year.
  • Despite the turmoil in Europe, the Euro is up 1.8% in 2012.

Keith Hays & Justin Wood

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