We came to the end of 2014. How did the equity markets perform?
The following table shows the stock indices of 2013 and 2014. The percentage change between two dates are provided in the table.
|Stock Indices||31.12.2013||31.12.2014||Change (%)|
|Shanghai Composite (China)||2,115.98||3,234.68||52.9%|
|S&P 500 (USA)||1,848.36||2,058.90||11.4%|
|Dow Jones (USA)||16,576.66||17,823.07||7.5%|
|Nikkei 225 (Japan)||16,291.31||17,450.77||7.1%|
|Hang Seng (HK)||23,306.39||23,605.04||1.3%|
|Australia All Ord||5,353.10||5,388.60||0.7%|
Shanghai Composite Index did swellingly well this year with the index jumping 53%. We must not forget that Shanghai Composite Index was low in the past three years before 2014. The index reached a high of 5.954 points in October 2007, before the Global Financial Crisis (GFC).
|Shanghai Composite (China)||2,199.42||2,269.13||2,115.98||3,234.68|
The next best performer was Indian stock market. Sensex Index rose 30% for 2014. Sensex rose continously every year since 2011.
As for the US stock market measured by S&P 500, the index was up 11.4%. Like India, the US market rose every year from 2011.
|S&P 500 (USA)||1,257.60||1,426.19||1,848.36||2,058.90|
Singapore’s Straits Times Index (STI) managed to rise 6.2% for 2014 after staying virtually unchanged in 2013.
For the other indices, please refer to the first table.
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