World Markets Review for July 2018 | Capital Group

World Markets Review

August 2018

World Markets Review for July 2018

Global equities moved higher, supported by strong corporate earnings growth and signs of a rapidly accelerating U.S. economy. Investor sentiment improved despite ongoing international trade disputes, political uncertainty and higher interest rates. Eurozone and emerging markets stocks advanced, bouncing back from a rough first half of the year.

Defensive stocks generally outpaced cyclical sectors, led by an earnings-driven rally in health care companies. The industrials sector also enjoyed strong gains amid signs of improving global economic growth, particularly in the U.S. and India. Consumer discretionary, real estate and energy stocks lagged the overall market.

Equity Index Returns (%)

July 2018

YTD 2018

U.S.

dollar

Local

currency

U.S.

dollar

Local

currency

S&P 500

3.7

3.7

6.5

6.5

MSCI ACWI

3.0

3.0

2.6

3.8

MSCI ACWI ex USA

2.4

2.3

-1.5

1.0

MSCI World

3.1

3.1

3.6

4.5

MSCI Emerging Markets IMI

2.1

1.6

-4.9

-1.4

MSCI EAFE

2.5

2.6

-0.4

1.7

MSCI Europe

3.3

3.3

-0.0

2.8

MSCI Pacific

0.9

1.5

–1.1

–0.5


Source: RIMES


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Terms and Definitions
A market capitalization-weighted index based on the results of approximately 500 widely held common stocks.
MSCI All Country World ex USA Index is a free float-adjusted market-capitalization-weighted index that is designed to measure equity market results in the global developed and emerging markets, excluding the United States.
MSCI All Country World Index is a free float-adjusted market-capitalization-weighted index that is designed to measure results of more than 40 developed and emerging equity markets.
MSCI EAFE (Europe, Australasia, Far East) Index is a free float-adjusted market-capitalization-weighted index that is designed to measure developed market equity results, excluding the United States and Canada.
MSCI Emerging Markets Investable Markets Index measures large, mid and small-cap segments, covering approximately 99% of the free float-adjusted market capitalization of more than 20 emerging equity markets.
MSCI Europe Index is a free float-adjusted market capitalization-weighted index that is designed to measure results of more than 10 developed equity markets in Europe.
MSCI Pacific Index is a free float-adjusted market capitalization- weighted index that is designed to measure the equity market results across 5 Developed Markets countries in the Pacific region.
MSCI World Index is a free float-adjusted market-capitalization-weighted index that is designed to measure results of more than 20 developed equity markets.