Six of eight indexes on our world watch list have posted gains through Monday, June 11, 2018. The top performer this year is India's BSE Sensex with a gain of 4.94%. In second is our own S&P 500 with a gain of 4.05%. In third is Hong Kong's Hang Seng with a gain of 3.83%. Coming in last is Shanghai's SSE with a loss of 7.69%.
Here is an overlay of the eight illustrating their comparative performance in 2018.
Here are all eight world indexes sorted by YTD.
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 9, the Nikkei 225 on March 10, the DAXK on March 6, the FTSE on March 3, 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 using a log scale vertical axis, we get an excellent visualization of the relative performance. We've indexed each of the eight to 800 on the March 9 start date. The call-out in the upper left corner shows the percent change from the start date to the latest weekly close.
Here is the same visualization, this time starting on October 9, 2007, the closing high for the S&P 500, a date that is approximately the mid-point of the range of market peaks, which started on June 1 for the CAC 40 and ended on January 8, 2008 for the SENSEX.
For a longer look at the relative performance, our final chart starts at the turn of the century, again indexing each at 800 for the start date.
Check back next week for a new update.
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