Markets have struggled to find positive momentum in 2014, but this week saw a glimmer of hope, as SPY hit a record close of $188.86 on Wednesday. For the most part, all eyes have been fixated on today’s unemployment numbers, which will come out in just a few hours. Thus far in 2014, harsh winter conditions have been blamed for wreaking havoc on jobs numbers, but as the weather has finally started to break in the last few weeks, today’s report could be given more weight.
To help investors keep up with markets, we present our ETF Scorecard, which takes a step back and looks at the ETF industry. It includes the best and worst performers over the past week, the best and worst performers from the past year, a look at how the nine major sectors are faring in 2014, as well as a region review. Note that all leveraged/inverse products have been excluded [for more ETF news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].The Best and Worst of the Week
Below, we outline the three best and three worst performing ETFs of the last five trading sessions:The Best and Worst of the Year
Here are the three best and three worst performing ETFs from the trailing year:Breaking Down the Sectors
To give you a better sense of how each sector is performing, this chart displays the nine sector SPDRs’ performance YTD:The Market vs. The Pack
The following chart provides a good insight into how the investing world stacks up to the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY, A) this year. There are two slices to this pie: the number of ETFs that are outperforming SPY YTD and the number of ETFs underperfoming SPY YTD:
Finally, this line chart compares the cumulative year-to-date returns of the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY, A), the iShares MSCI EAFE ETF (EFA, A), and the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (EEM, A-):
*All data as of market close 4/2/2014.
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