The bulls have managed to return to Wall Street with full force, as evidenced by the steep rebound that matched the equally steep sell-off since the lows seen on October 15th. Corporate earnings season is still well underway, and for the time being, according to data compiled by FactSet, it appears that the majority of companies are reporting better-than-expected sales numbers. The economic data release front was light this week, although investors did digest upbeat existing home sales data as well as an uptick in the consumer price index from the month before [see also How to Build an Income Portfolio with ETFs].
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 performances across short-term and longer-term time intervals [for more ETF news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].
Risk Appetite Review
Buyers returned to the market with a “risk on” appetite as evidenced by High Beta stock taking the lead by a fairly wide margin:
Major Index Review
The Nasdaq 100 led the rebound among the major indexes while Emerging Markets were the biggest laggard in green:
Domestic Sector Review
The Healthcare sector posted the strongest rebound in light of overblown fears surrounding the Ebola outbreak while Utilities had the weakest returns:
Sector valuations improved across the board with Technology being the biggest laggard:
Foreign Equity Review
On the international front, German equities were the best performers while Brazil was by far the worst country to be invested in over the past week:
Regional P/Es increased across the board with the exception of Latin America, which saw a slight contraction in its pricing multiple:
Copper prices were the only ones to rise this week on the commodity front, while energy remains the worst performing group over the trailing month by far:
On the currency front, the U.S. dollar was the biggest winner while the Japanese yen turned in the worst performance over the past week:
*All data as of market close 10/23/2014.
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