World Markets Review for May 2018 | Capital Group

World Markets Review

June 2018

World Markets Review for May 2018

Global stocks were essentially flat as modest gains in U.S. equities were offset by declines in Europe, Japan and some developing countries. Markets came under pressure late in the month amid political turmoil in Italy and Spain, signs of slowing economic growth in Europe and Japan, and deteriorating global trade relations.

Information technology stocks rallied, supported by strong gains at tech giants Apple, Facebook and Microsoft. Energy, basic materials and industrial stocks also moved higher. On the other hand, telecommunication services stocks declined sharply, hurt by aggressive price discounting among wireless service providers.

Equity Index Returns (%)

May 2018

YTD 2018

U.S. dollar

Local currency

U.S. dollar

Local currency

S&P 500

2.4

2.4

2.0

2.0

MSCI ACWI

0.1

0.9

0.1

0.8

MSCI ACWI ex USA

−2.3

−0.8

−1.9

−0.5

MSCI World

0.6

1.3

0.5

1.0

MSCI Emerging Markets IMI

−3.4

−2.0

−2.5

−0.3

MSCI EAFE

−2.2

−0.7

−1.5

−0.6

MSCI Europe

−3.3

−0.5

−2.6

−0.2

MSCI Pacific

−0.6

−1.0

0.2

−1.6

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.