Equity Overview - Global Stock Markets

  April 22, 2016

U.S. equity markets fared better than other developed country stock markets as European, Japanese, and U.K. equities were negative for the first quarter. The S&P 500 Index and the Dow Jones Industrial Average Index turned positive for the year in March, alleviating some angst that was prevalent earlier in the year. The S&P 500 Index’s gain in March was the most since October 2015.

Overall, global equity markets rebounded resoundingly from a negative 11% in mid-February, rallying to a barely positive quarter. Spillover from the rally in emerging market stocks benefited domestic companies with exposure in the expanding developing sectors.

Analysts see Fed rate hikes as an advantage to larger capitalized companies with strong balance sheets because they won’t need to borrow money at higher rates as credit tightens.

Sources: Standard & Poor’s, Dow Jones, Bloomberg

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