ETF Scorecard – May 16th Edition

by on May 16, 2014 | ETFs Mentioned:

After touching all-time highs on Tuesday, markets endured a tough sell-off this past week. The S&P 500 was able to briefly hold above the 1,900 barrier but quickly lost grip as selling pressures overtook the Street. Yesterday saw an especially harsh downward move as Wal-Mart earnings disappointed and volatility reared its ugly head.

To help investors keep up with markets, we present our ETF Scorecard, which takes a step back and looks at how various asset classes across the globe are performing. For most of the return comparisons below, we reference trailing 1-week and trailing 1-month returns; this offers a good insight into the prevailing sentiment in the markets by capturing the performance across short-term and longer-term time intervals [for more ETF news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

Risk Appetite Review

It was a tough week for just about every risk preference, with low volatility taking the biggest hit, losing nearly 1%:

Major Index Review

Despite its hefty volatility, the Nasdaq was able to go positive for the trailing week, while the Russell 2000 faced a harsh 3.5% loss:

Domestic Sector Review

Utilities were the laggard this week, while health care took a leap forward on news of positive drug trials and M&A activity in the pharma space:

Sector Valuations

There were not any material changes in sector valuations, though utilities sank the most given their especially harsh week:

Foreign Equity Review

India turned in a stellar one-week performance, gaining nearly 8%, but Brazil holds a commanding lead over the trailing month:

Regional Valuations

All seven of the below regions watched the P/E ratio creep slightly higher this week, in spite of hefty volatility:

Fixed-Income Review

Yields remained identical across the board this week as the bond market was relatively quiet.

Alternatives Review


Copper was able to turn in a nice 5-day stretch while natural gas was the worst performing major commodity on not only the trailing week, but the trailing month as well:


While the greenback surged, the euro and the pound took a major beating, as the currency world saw some big shifts this week:

*All data as of market close 5/15/2014.

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Disclosure: No positions at time of writing.