Below is a look at our key ETF matrix highlighting the recent performance of stocks and other asset classes. For each ETF, we show its performance over the last week, in the month of October, and year-to-date so far in 2015.
The left-hand side of the matrix shows U.S. equity-related ETFs. As shown, both the S&P 500 (SPY) and Dow 30 (DIA) gained 8.5% in October, but it was the Nasdaq 100 (QQQ) that did the best with a gain of 11.37%. Small-caps and mid-caps notably underperformed large-caps in October, while Materials, Energy, Technology and Telecom were the best performing sectors.
Outside of the U.S., the last week of the month was pretty brutal. As you can see in the right-hand side of the matrix, country ETFs were all in the red last week, with China (FXI), India (INP) and Australia (EWA) leading the way lower. The month of October was still strong for foreign markets, but it would have been much stronger were it not for last week’s pullback.
Oil (USO), gold (GLD) and Silver (SLV) were all up in October, but natural gas (UNG) plummeted 15.5%, leaving it down 33.5% on the year.
Finally, Treasury ETFs were all in the red last week, and only the T.I.P.S (TIP) ETF was up on the month by a very small amount.
Stocks were clearly the place to be in October after a brutal August and September. If you’re interested in our market seasonality analysis for November and December, we covered it in various reports sent to subscribers this week. Start a free trial to any of our subscription services today.