Global Markets Update: Monday, March 26, 2012

The world markets are up around 11% so far this year as we head into the last week of the first quarter of 2012.  Here are a few of the data points we've taken note of around global markets:
  • US Stocks are leading the major world asset classes this year, up 11.4%, with International Stocks close behind up 11.1% year-to-date.  Commodites and Real Estate are both up over 8% for the year taking third and fourth place, while Fixed Income is lagging strongly this year performing basically flat.
  • Emerging Europe is leading the world regions we track, up 20% so far this year, with Latin America in second, up 14.2% year-to-date.
  • Germany continues to lead the G7 countries this year, up over 20%, and Russia continues to lead the BRICs in 2012, also up over 20%.
  • In the US, the NASDAQ Composite is up 17.8% this year, the S&P 400 is up 12.7%, the S&P 600 is up 11.3%, and the S&P 500 is up 11.1%.
  • Financials and Technology continue to lead US sectors, up 21% and 20% year-to-date, respectively, while Utilities is the only sector performing negative in 2012, down 3.9%.

Keith Hays & Justin Wood

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