All eight indexes on our world watch list have posted gains for 2017 through July 17. The top performer thus far is India's BSE SENSEX with a gain of 20.46%, followed by China's Hang Seng not far behind at 20.32%. In third is our own S&P 500 with 9.84%.

The Last Four Weeks

The tables below provide a concise overview of performance comparisons over the last four weeks for these eight major indexes. We've also included the average for each week so that we can evaluate the performance of a specific index relative to the overall mean and better understand weekly volatility. The colors for each index name help us visualize the comparative performance over time.

Four Weeks

2017 YTD Performance

Here is an overlay of the eight illustrating their comparative performance thus far in 2017.

Here is a table of the 2017 performance, sorted from high to low, along with the most recent highs for the eight indexes. All eight indexes have posted 2017 gains, India's BSE SENSEX with a gain of 20.46%, followed by China's Hang Seng not far behind at 20.32%. In third is our own S&P 500 with 9.84%. In last is the Shanghai SSE Composite Index at a measly 2.35%.

Bear Market Perspective

The column chart is sorted by the least to worst declines from previous peaks as of the week's end. All eight watch list indexes had dropped into bear territory (a 20% decline). As of the latest close, one index is in the bear zone, unchanged from the previous week.

Global Bear Markets