All eight indexes on our world watch list have posted gains for 2017 through August 21. The top performer thus far is Hong Kong's Hang Seng with a gain of 23.43%, followed closely by India's BSE SENSEX at 17.40%. In third is our own S&P 500 with 8.47%.

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 gains for 2017 and top performer thus far is Hong Kong's Hang Seng with a gain of 23.43%, followed closely by India's BSE SENSEX at 17.40%. In third is our own S&P 500 with 8.47%. In last is Tokyo's Nikkei 225 at 1.46%.

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