Bearish pressures remained the dominant force on Wall Street for the past week as disappointing economic data releases failed to entice dip-buyers. Investors remained hesitant to re-enter despite the pullback, given looming geopolitical risks and worse-than-expected consumer confidence, ISM, and construction spending data; further weighing on investors’ confidence is the monthly U.S. employment report slated for release today [see also ETF Pick of the Month: Bargain Hunting Abroad].
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
The bears remained in the driver’s seat as evidenced by High Beta stocks continuing to lead the way lower:
Major Index Review
Foreign equity markets were the worst performer this past week and they are also at the bottom of the barrel from a monthly perspective:
Domestic Sector Review
Amid the selling, the Utilities sector was the only one to end in green territory as it took on defensive appeal:
The Energy and Materials sectors sector saw the biggest contraction in their valuation over the past week:
Foreign Equity Review
On the international front, Brazil posted the biggest decline for the week and is also the worst performer by far from a monthly perspective:
Broad-based profit taking pressures knocked down valuations across the globe:
Agricultural prices were the only ones to post a positive return from the past week while silver remains the worst performer by far in all time frames:
On the currency front, the U.S. dollar remains by far the strongest performer from a weekly as well as a monthly perspective:
*All data as of market close 10/2/2014.
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