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Stock market performance this year has blasted out of the gates, with many markets up double digits. So far, riskier assets have led the charge:

YTD Performance
S&P 500(SPY)4.96%
Gold(GLD)11.17%
Silver(SLV)22.35%
Emerging Markets(EEM)11.68%
China(FXI)13.56%
20+ Year US Treasuries(TLT)-2.60%
Investment Grade Bonds(LQD)1.98%
High Yield Bonds(JNK)2.63%

Last Friday, 84% of stocks on U.S. exchanges (defined for this article as NYSE, NASDAQ, AMEX) traded above their 50-day moving average. 60% traded above their 200-day moving average.

To provide a deeper look at year-to-date market performance, below I have sliced the U.S. stock market into its various components.

Performance by Sector

YTD Performance
Financial9.96%
Basic Materials9.22%
Industrial Goods9.11%
Conglomerates7.85%
Technology5.48%
Services5.42%
Healthcare3.24%
Consumer Goods2.53%
Utilities-1.96%

Performance by Market Capitalization

YTD Performance
Mega9.93%
Micro9.25%
Small8.37%
Nano7.85%
Mid7.20%
Large5.51%

Top 10 Performing Countries
(foreign stocks listed on U.S. exchanges)

YTD Performance
Hong Kong5.78%
Switzerland5.65%
Italy5.56%
USA5.38%
Bermuda5.06%
Mexico2.67%
France2.02%
Netherlands1.91%
Indonesia0.35%
Sweden-7.62%

Top 10 Performing U.S. Large-Cap Stocks

TickerCompanyYTD Performance
(TTM)Tata Motors Ltd.41.30%
(SLT)Sterlite Industries (India) Ltd.38.24%
(RBS)The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc36.73%
(IBN)ICICI Bank Ltd.33.45%
(BAC)Bank of America Corporation31.12%
(CNH)CNH Global NV28.87%
(SID)Companhia Siderurgica Nacional28.85%
(ING)ING Groep NV28.73%
(BCS)Barclays PLC28.21%
(LYG)Lloyds Banking Group plc28.03%

Worst 10 Performing U.S. Large-Cap Stocks

TickerCompanyYTD Performance
(MA)Mastercard Incorporated-6.41%
(CCL)Carnival Corporation-6.62%
(D)Dominion Resources, Inc.-6.63%
(BMY)Bristol-Myers Squibb Company-7.48%
(PEG)Public Service Enterprise Group Inc.-8.12%
(CUK)Carnival plc-8.44%
(CHU)China Unicom (Hong Kong) Limited-8.61%
(EXC)Exelon Corporation-8.81%
(GOOG)Google Inc.-10.21%
(ERIC)LM Ericsson Telephone Co.-11.40%

Data Source: Finviz, Google Finance

Source: Risk On! Top Performing Sectors And Stocks This Year

Additional disclosure:This is not advice. While Plan B Economics makes every effort to provide high quality information, the information is not guaranteed to be accurate and should not be relied on. Investing involves risk and you could lose all your money. Consult a professional advisor before making any investing decisions.