Just two global indices remain in positive territory since the pandemic has hit

Research by Sourced Capital shows that just two global indices have seen positive movement since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the rest all in negative territory since the end of last year.

Across the 19 global indices, average growth currently sits at -10% since pre-pandemic levels seen in November 2019.

Just two have kept their head above water, the Argentinian Merval index and perhaps surprisingly, the NASDAQ 100.

The Merval has seen growth of 14% over the last six months, while the NASDAQ is close behind with a 12% uplift.

China’s Shanghai Comp has seen a marginal decline of -2%, while the US S&P 500 (-4%) has also seen a decline of less than -5%.

The worst performing to date is the Spanish IBEX 35, with a fall of -23% over the last six months, with the Italian FTSE MIB not far behind with a decline of -21%.

The Brazillian BOVESPA and French CAC 40 indices have also seen a decline of -20%.

With a decline of -16%, the UK’s FTSE 100 also sits in the bottom half of the table, joined by the S&P ASX20, BEL 20, RTS and Hang Seng.

Global indices – 6 month pandemic performance
Nation
Index
6 month performance (Nov 2019 pre-pandemic to May 2020)
Argentina
Merval
14%
United States
NASDAQ 100
12%
China
Shanghai Comp
-2%
United States
S&P 500
-4%
Switzerland
SMI
-6%
Japan
NIKKEI 225
-6%
Canada
S&P/TSX 60
-9%
United States
Dow Jones
-9%
Netherlands
AEX
-10%
Germany
DAX
-12%
Hong Kong
Hang Seng
-13%
Russia
RTS
-15%
United Kingdom
FTSE 100
-16%
Australia
S&P ASX 20
-16%
Belgium
BEL 20
-17%
France
CAC 40
-20%
Brazil
BOVESPA
-20%
Italy
FTSE MIB
-21%
Spain
IBEX 35
-23%
Average
-10%

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