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.
Major equity indexes gave way to profit taking pressures over the past few days as investors’ euphoria following the Fed-induced rally from the prior week lost momentum. The S&P 500 failed to reach new highs despite the wave of optimism that permeated Wall Street following the soothing FOMC commentary from March 18th. On the data release front, investors have digested a mixed bag of results, including better-than-expected new home sales and worse-than-expected durable goods orders.
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Risk Appetite Review
Profit taking pressures were broad-based as evidenced by the negative returns across the board from the group of funds below:
Major Index Review
Developed markets managed to end in green territory over the past week while domestic equity indexes were by far the biggest losers:
Domestic Sector Review
Despite being a serial laggard in recent weeks, the Energy sector posted the biggest gains this time around while virtually every other sector, with the exception of Consumer Staples, ended in red territory:
Foreign Equity Review
Brazil and Russia rebounded alongside rising oil prices while India and China were the biggest laggards from this group:
Crude oil prices posted a steep rebound over the past week while natural gas was the only commodity from this group to post losses:
The U.S. dollar finally gave way to profit taking pressures, allowing for the rest of the currency lineup in this group to appreciate, with the euro and Aussie dollar leading the way higher: