Below is an updated look at year to date performance numbers for the major stock market indices of 77 countries around the world. As shown, the US has taken the lead amongst G7 countries with a year-to-date gain of 5.15%. Up until this week, Germany had the lead, but with a YTD gain of 3.87%, Germany now ranks second in the G7. Italy is by far the worst performing G7 country at the moment with a YTD decline of 14.10%. France and Canada are both down roughly 4%, while the UK is down 2.01%. Japan is up slightly at 1.34%.
Vietnam holds the overall lead with a 2012 gain of 20.97%. Pakistan ranks a close second at +20.34%. While Greece and Spain continue to dominate the negative headlines, the Ukraine is actually the worst performing market year to date with a decline of 31%. Ouch.
Looking at just the BRICs, India has the lead with a 2012 gain of 7.91%. China ranks second at +4.39%, while Brazil and Russia are both in the red.