Below is a table highlighting the year-to-date performance of the major stock markets for 77 countries around the world.
The average YTD performance of the 77 countries listed below currently stands at 4.01%. Sixty of the 77 countries are in the green so far this year, while the other 17 are lower. Of the G7 countries, Japan and the U.K. are up the most, but remember that much of these gains are due to local currency depreciation. The U.S. ranks third with a YTD gain of 6.5%, which really puts it on top given the currency impact on Japan and the U.K. Italy has been the worst performer in the G7 with a YTD decline of 2.74%.
The BRICs (Brazil, Russia, India, and China) have not had a great start to the year. China is up the most of the BRICs, but it's only up 1.94%. Russia ranks second with a gain of 0.64%, while India is down 1.41% and Brazil is down 6.09%. Brazil has been the third-worst performing country on the list so far this year.