Below is a table showing the July and year-to-date performance of key ETFs across all asset classes. For the month of July, the S&P 500 tracking SPY ETF gained a little more than 1%. But while largecaps gained, both the S&P Midcap 400 (IJH) and S&P Smallcap 600 (IJR) posted declines in July. Looking at sector performance, Energy (XLE) and Telecom (IYZ) were the big July winners, while Materials (XLB) and Consumer Discretionary (XLY) were the only sectors that declined.
Outside of the US, Spain (EWP), Italy (EWI) and Japan (EWJ) took it on the chin in July, while Australia (EWA) did very well. Commodities also did well, with natural gas (UNG) leading the way with a July gain of 14.26%. This was the strongest performance of any ETF on the entire list. Finally, fixed income ETFs managed to close in the green for July, but they limped to the finish line with declines over the last week.