December 31, 2012/ The Analyst, Proshare
In the thumbnail we highlight the YTD stock market returns for 33 countries around the world. Through today, the average country in the table was up 13.71% year to date. With an YTD gain of 34.19%, the Nigeria is outperforming countries listed by 7,066.63 basis points.
The top performing country (YTD) is currently Nigeria with a gain of 34.19%. Philippines ranks a close second with a gain of 29.83%, followed by India (27.79%), Germany/Europe by (23.45%), Austria/Europe (22.63%) and Japan (21.44%).
The worst performing country on the list is currently the Russia with a decline of 11.41%. Srilanka ranks second worst at 618% while Spain/Europe ranks third worst performing at -6.21%.
NB: In Bloomberg, YTD for Philippines is showing 32.95% and based on our data its 29.83% ( using Jan 3, 2012 as first trading day of the year since the Nigerian Market was closed on January 2, 2012).
Out of the G7 countries, Germany is up with a YTD gain of 23.45% as Japan stands at second position with a gain of 21.44%. The US ranks third, followed by France, Italy and UK. Canada ranks last with an YTD loss of -0.78%.
India is the only BRIC country performing particularly well in 2012 with a gain of 27.79%. China and Brazil are both up less than 5%, while Russia is one of the few countries in the red zone at –11.41%.
G7 countries have done better than the BRIC countries in terms of performance.
All countries in total are doing somewhat better than last year, though country had their specific issues while the entire world is still in a rolling global economic malaise. US and EU economic regions will still drive the future prospects for any global recovery – not the BRICS.
The US fiscal cliff concerns are dominating global stock markets as at today while a resolution of US’s fiscal problem is expected to boost sentiment in financial markets across the globe.
About the Authors:
Reshu BAGGA is a Director for The Analyst & COO, Technical Services. The authors wish to acknowledge the contribution of Olufemi AWOYEMI, FCA to the development of this article.
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