Global Markets Update: Monday, April 9, 2012

Stocks had a tough week last week as Developed Europe took a hit (down 3.5%).  A few of the other highlights from last week's market actions include:
  • The US continues to remain strong compared to most developed countries, up 11.4% this year.
  • Germany leads the G7 countries, up 15.1% in 2012, with the US closely behind.
  • Though the BRICs are up anywhere from 10-20% this year, they are still down big over the last one year.
  • Technology remains on top for US sectors, up 21.2%, with Financials in close second, up 19.14%.  On the other hand, Telecom and Utilities are negative for the year, down 0.4% and 3.1%, respectively.
  • Natural Gas continues its rough year, down 33.6% in 2012.

Keith Hays & Justin Wood

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