Risk On! Top Performing Sectors And Stocks This Year

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Includes: BAC, BCS, BMY, CCL, CHU, CNH, CUK, D, EEM, ERIC, EXC, FXI, GLD, GOOG, IBN, ING, JNK, LQD, LYG, MA, PEG, RBS, SID, SLV, SPY, TLT, TTM, VEDL
by: Plan B Economics

Risk on!

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%
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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
Financial 9.96%
Basic Materials 9.22%
Industrial Goods 9.11%
Conglomerates 7.85%
Technology 5.48%
Services 5.42%
Healthcare 3.24%
Consumer Goods 2.53%
Utilities -1.96%
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Performance by Market Capitalization

YTD Performance
Mega 9.93%
Micro 9.25%
Small 8.37%
Nano 7.85%
Mid 7.20%
Large 5.51%
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Top 10 Performing Countries
(foreign stocks listed on U.S. exchanges)

YTD Performance
Hong Kong 5.78%
Switzerland 5.65%
Italy 5.56%
USA 5.38%
Bermuda 5.06%
Mexico 2.67%
France 2.02%
Netherlands 1.91%
Indonesia 0.35%
Sweden -7.62%
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Top 10 Performing U.S. Large-Cap Stocks

Ticker Company YTD Performance
(TTM) Tata Motors Ltd. 41.30%
(SLT) Sterlite Industries (India) Ltd. 38.24%
(RBS) The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc 36.73%
(IBN) ICICI Bank Ltd. 33.45%
(BAC) Bank of America Corporation 31.12%
(CNH) CNH Global NV 28.87%
(SID) Companhia Siderurgica Nacional 28.85%
(ING) ING Groep NV 28.73%
(BCS) Barclays PLC 28.21%
(LYG) Lloyds Banking Group plc 28.03%
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Worst 10 Performing U.S. Large-Cap Stocks

Ticker Company YTD 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%
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Data Source: Finviz, Google Finance

Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.

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.