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Market Commentary

July 2017

World Markets Review for Second Quarter 2017

Global stocks advanced amid accelerating economic growth in the U.S. and Europe, coupled with signs of diminishing political risk in the euro zone. Investor sentiment improved markedly as political newcomer Emmanuel Macron defeated Marine Le Pen in the French presidential election, largely erasing concerns that France may attempt to leave the European Union.

Health care stocks experienced strong returns as the U.S. Senate proposed a new industry-friendly plan to reform the nation’s health care system. Emerging markets also rallied amid improving global economic data and a weaker dollar. Energy stocks declined sharply, hurt by persistent oversupply concerns that continued to drive oil prices lower. 

Equity Index Returns (%)

June 2017

2Q 2017

YTD 2017

U.S.

dollar

Local

currency

U.S.

dollar

Local

currency

U.S.

dollar

Local

currency

S&P 500

0.6

0.6

3.1

3.1

9.3

9.3

MSCI ACWI

0.5

0.2

4.3

3.1

11.5

9.0

MSCI ACWI EX USA

0.3

–0.2

5.8

3.3

14.1

8.7

MSCI World

0.4

0.0

4.0

2.7

10.7

8.3

MSCI Emerging Markets IMI

1.0

1.6

5.8

6.0

18.1

14.4

MSCI EAFE

–0.2

–0.8

6.1

2.7

13.8

7.5

MSCI Europe

–1.1

–2.3

7.4

1.8

15.4

7.9

MSCI Pacific

1.4

1.8

3.9

4.4

11.1

7.0


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.