Being the last Wednesday of the month, today we published our most recent update of our Global Macro Dashboard which provides overviews of 22 major global economies. In the matrix below, we show the performance of ETFs that track the stock markets of these same countries.
Globally, stocks have gotten crushed in the past year with an average decline of 30% from 52-week highs; we would also note that developed markets have faired slightly worse than emerging markets. In fact, in the past few days, nearly every one of these countries has made a new 52-week low. There are a couple of holdouts though: Brazil (EWZ) and India (INDA). Compared to the S&P 500 low on June 16th (which was the 52-week low prior to this week and the level the index is currently hovering near) INDA and EWZ are again the only two countries with a solid gain by any stretch. As for one other distinguishing characteristic, these two countries are the only ones to not be in or be in the process of entering—as is the case with Mexico (EWW)—oversold territory.
While everything is well below current 52-week highs, there are only four country ETFs that are also above pre-COVID highs (the 52-week high as of the S&P 500 high on 2/19/20). India (INDA) is, of course, the most elevated above those levels at 13.5% followed by the US. Taiwan (EWT) and Canada (EWC) are within more tangible reach of pre-COVID highs given their recent breach of spring support has been far more material than SPY. Click here to learn more about Bespoke’s premium stock market research service.