Markets

Down Gaps On the Rise January 08, 2015

Posted by Knowledge Leaders Team in Markets

As one measure of market volatility, we calculate the cumulative number of stocks in the MSCI World Index that open at least 2% higher (or lower) than the previous close over a 65-day time period.  Extremes in the number of gaps often occur in conjunction with inflection points in the market.

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Health Care Stocks Pick Up in 2015 Where They Left Off in 2014 January 05, 2015

Posted by Knowledge Leaders Team in Markets

Across two of the three regions in the MSCI World Index, the health care sector has been the best performer over the last year.  In North America, measured in USD, health care stocks are up 29.13% over the last year, while they were up 5.96% in Europe and 2.53% in Asia/Pacific.

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4 Sectors That May Be Worth Avoiding December 19, 2014

Posted by Knowledge Leaders Team in Markets

Success in investing can many times come down to avoiding the major losers rather than always hitting home runs with one’s winners. Correct sector allocation plays an important role in sidestepping potential landmines that out there in the market.

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The Median Stock Is Once Again Negative YTD December 16, 2014

Posted by Knowledge Leaders Team in Markets

The median year-to-date performance in the MSCI World Index with two weeks of trading left is -1%. The median stock was up 20% at this point last year and was up 13% at this point in 2012. The developed country with the worst median performance YTD is MSCI Portugal. The median stock is down 35%.

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