The "big 3" of the U.S. indices (Dow, S&P 500, and Nasdaq) all closed lower today, while small caps managed to eke out a small gain. Below is a more in-depth look at recent performance across all asset classes.
Consumer Staples was the worst performing sector today, while the Financials held up the best. The Financial ETF (XLF) is now up more than any sector ETF both month to date and year to date.
The color coding in the matrix below really allows you to see how well U.S. stocks are performing in 2013 compared to other international markets. The darkest green shading represents the best performers over the various time periods, and U.S. index and sector ETFs are plastered in green. The only country ETFs that have kept up with the U.S. so far this year are Australia (EWA) and Japan (EWJ). Most other are either up slightly or in the red.
Commodities staged a little comeback this week, but they're still down year to date with the exception of natural gas. Treasury ETFs were all up nicely today, but they're still down month to date and year to date.