Today's global market gains as the first half of the year comes to an end have pushed quite a few countries back into the black for the year. As things stand now, the major equity indices for 48 of the 77 countries shown below are up year to date. The average country shown below is currently up 1.93% in 2012.
Turkey is up the most of any country with a year to date gain of 22%. Pakistan, Vietnam and the Philippines are all up more than 20% as well. On the downside, the Ukraine is leading the way with a decline of 32.21%. Greece is actually now just the sixth worth performer with a 2012 decline of 10.18%.
Looking at just the G7 countries, Germany has once again taken the lead over the US after gaining a whopping 4.33% today (the US is up just 1.91% today). Japan is close to catching up with the US as well with a YTD gain of 6.52%. France's gain of 4.75% today has pushed it back into positive territory for the year. The UK is now essentially flat for the year.
Interestingly, we've seen pretty significant weakness in Canada this year. Canada is currently down 3.41% year to date, which is 6th worst in the G7 ahead of only Italy, which is now down 5.4% YTD after gaining 6.59% today.
Looking at the BRICs, India leads the way with a gain of 12.78% over the first half of the year. China is up the second most with a gain of 1.18%, while Russia and Brazil remain in the red for the year.