All eight indexes on our world watch list have posted gains through the first week of 2018. The top performer is Hong Kong's Hang Seng with a gain of 6.64%, followed by Tokyo's Nikkei 225 with a gain of 5.21%. In third is Shanghai's SSE with 3.91%.

2018 Performance

Here is an overlay of the eight illustrating their comparative performance in 2018.

All eight indexes on our world watch list have posted gains through the first week of 2018. The top performer is Hong Kong's Hang Seng with a gain of 6.64%, followed by Tokyo's Nikkei 225 with a gain of 5.21%. In third is Shanghai's SSE with 3.91%. Coming in last is London's FTSE at 0.89%.