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Friday
Mar152013

Recent Asset Class Performance

The "big 3" of the US indices (Dow, S&P 500, Nasdaq) all closed lower today, while smallcaps managed to eke out a small gain.  Below is a more in-depth look at recent performance across all asset classes.

Consumer Staples was the worst performing sector today, while the Financials held up the best.  The Financial ETF (XLF) is now up more than any sector ETF both month-to-date and year-to-date.

The color coding in the matrix below really allows you to see how well US stocks are performing in 2013 compared to other international markets.  The darkest green shading represents the best performers over the various time periods, and US index and sector ETFs are plastered in green.  (Speaking of green, Happy St. Patrick's Day!)  The only country ETFs that have kept up with the US so far this year are Australia (EWA) and Japan (EWJ).  Most other are either up slightly or in the red.

Commodities staged a little comeback this week, but they're still down year to date with the exception of natural gas.  Treasury ETFs were all up nicely today, but they're still down month-to-date and year-to-date.

Have a great weekend!  

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