Indian stocks 7th best global performer

Indian stocks have emerged as the seventh best performer for global investors since the start of 2012, outshining the likes of the US, UK, China and Japan.

Helped by a significant uptrend in the Indian stock market in the past couple of weeks, the Indian stocks have given a year-to-date return of 12.3 per cent – which is only next to six other asset classes globally, as per a ranking prepared by Bank of America Merrill Lynch. The best return for this period has come from the Turkey equities [29.2 per cent], followed by Portugal government bonds [24.7 per cent], Singapore stocks [17.3 per cent], Mexico equities [15.5 per cent], Mexico government bonds [14.7 per cent] and Turkey government bonds [14.6 per cent]. The Indian government bonds are ranked 36th for the year-to-date period in 2012 with a return of 2.9 per cent, which is still better than the corporate bonds of China and Japan, stocks in Canada, Indonesia, Italy, Brazil, Portugal and Spain, as also government bonds in the UK, Canada, Hong Kong, China, Germany, Japan, Spain and Greece.

Those ranked below Indian equities include stocks in the US, Hong Kong, Germany, Korea, Russia, China, Switzerland, UK, Japan and France.

However, Indian stocks have performed badly for a longer time period of the past one year, for which they are ranked at the bottom of the top-50 asset classes globally with a negative return of 23.8 per cent. This list is topped by Ireland government bonds [24 per cent], followed by the UK government bonds, China corporate bonds, China government bonds and Australia government bonds.
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