Friday, January 6, 2023

Emerging-market stocks rise to six-month high vs S&P 500

  • MSCI Index hands 19% excess returns over S&P 500 since October
  • China reopening, weaker dollar key reasons for outperformance
Emerging-market stocks extended their lead over US shares in the early days of the new year, with the equity benchmark rising to a six-month high against the S&P 500 Index.

The MSCI Emerging Markets Index has advanced 3% this week, compared with a 0.8% decline in the US gauge, continuing a turnaround that began in recent months following its worst annual losses since the 2008 global financial crisis. China’s reopening, a softer dollar, and signs of easing global inflation have been spurring gains, leading the gauge to rise Friday for a fourth day to its highest since August.

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