Global Markets Update: April 2, 2012

As the first quarter of the year has come to a close, world markets are up just over 11% year-to-date.  Here are a few of the highlights from around the globe:
  • The US is up 12.2% in 2012, with international stocks up 10.9%.
  • Emerging markets are leading the world so far this year, up 13.6%, as Emerging Europe is up 18.1% and Latin America is up 14%.
  • Germany continues to lead the G7 countries in 2012, up 20.5%.
  • India is leading the BRICs this year, up 19.8%, with Russia close behind, up 18.5%.
  • The NASDAQ Composite finished the quarter up a strong 18.7%.
  • US mid-cap stocks are up 13.1% in 2012, with large-caps up 12% and small-caps up 11.7%.
  • Financials are leading US sectors, up 21.5%, with Technology close behind, up 21.1%.  Utilities are the only sector in negative territory for 2012, down 2.7%.

Keith Hays & Justin Wood

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