World Markets: The Rally Takes A Pause

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December 9, 2013 12:51pm NYSE:EEM NYSE:VWO

emerging-markets1Doug Short: Six of the eight indexes in my international focus group posted losses over the past week, and for the three European indexes and the Japan’s Nikkei, the declines were relatively step. The two winners were India’s SENSEX, topping


our list for the second week after four weeks at the bottom of the heap, and China’s Shanghai Composite. The S&P 500 logged a fractional loss, ending an eight-week streak of gains. France’s CAC 40 fared the worst with its 3.86% selloff.

The 2.31% loss for the Nikkei somewhat masks the fact that the index is down 4.33% from its interim high set on Tuesday.

The Shanghai Composite remains the only index on the watch list in bear territory — the traditional designation for a 20% decline from an interim high. See the table inset (lower right) in the chart below. The index is down 35.56% from its interim high of August 2009. At the other end, the S&P 500 took the top spot from Germany’s DAXK, which fell to third place after its five-day selloff.

Here is snapshot of the YTD performances, with the volatile Nikkei as the ongoing attention-grabber.

Here is a table highlighting the 2013 year-to-date gains, sorted in that order, along with the 2013 interim highs for the eight indexes. The strong performance of the Japan’s Nikkei, despite its volatility, puts it solidly in the top spot, up 47.18%. Only the Shanghai Composite is stuck in the red YTD.

A Closer Look at the Last Four Weeks

The tables below provide a concise overview of performance comparisons over the past four weeks for these eight major indexes. I’ve also included the average for each week so that we can evaluate the performance of a specific index relative to the overall mean and better understand weekly volatility. The colors for each index name help us visualize the comparative performance over time.

The chart below illustrates the comparative performance of World Markets since March 9, 2009. The start date is arbitrary: The S&P 500, CAC 40 and BSE SENSEX hit their lows on March 9th, the Nikkei 225 on March 10th, the DAX on March 6th, the FTSE on March 3rd, the Shanghai Composite on November 4, 2008, and the Hang Seng even earlier on October 27, 2008. However, by aligning on the same day and measuring the percent change, we get a better sense of the relative performance than if we align the lows.

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A Longer Look Back

Here is the same chart starting from the turn of 21st century. The relative over-performance of the emerging markets (Shanghai, Mumbai SENSEX and Hang Seng) up to their 2007 peaks is evident, and the SENSEX remains by far the top performer. The Shanghai, in contrast, formed a perfect Eiffel Tower from late 2006 to late 2009.

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Check back next week for a new update.


Note from dshort: I track Germany’s DAXK a price-only index, instead of the more familiar DAX index (which includes dividends), for constency with the other indexes, which do not include dividends.

This article is brought to you courtesy of Doug Short from Advisor Perspectives.

Related Tickers: iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Indx (ETF) (NYSEARCA:EEM), Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEARCA:VWO).


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