Here's How World Markets Really Performed During QE2

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QE2 is over.It ended Friday. And though markets have been on a surprising spurt of optimism over the last few days, there’s still considerable concern about how markets will behave now that it’s over.

We won’t hazard a guess here, but in case you haven’t seen it, we put together a quick guide to how various markets around the world behaved since QE2 began with Bernanke’s famous Jackson Hole speech.

S&P 500: Up 23.9%

10-Year Yield: Up 19.4%

Copper: Up 25.6%

Crude oil: Up 25.2%

Gold: Up 21.5%

Shanghai Composite: Up 5.8%

Sensex: Up 4.7%

1-year inflation expectations: Up 48.1%

5-10 year inflation expectations: Up 7.1%

Dollar Index: Down 10.4%

Where is the economy now?


August 2010: 9.6%

May 2011: 9.1%

Result: Down 0.5%


Q2 2010: 1.6% growth

Q1 2011: 1.9% growth

Top Stocks in QE2

Top 5 Dow Stocks:

  • Caterpillar: Up 61.6%
  • Alcoa: Up 53.7%
  • IBM: Up 37.5%
  • Chevron: Up 37.3%
  • Exxon: Up 36.1%

Top 5 S&P 500 Stocks:

  • Cabot Oil and Gas: Up 131.1%
  • Netflix: 108.3%
  • National Oilwell Varco: Up 106%
  • CBS: Up 104.7%
  • Chipotle: Up 101.4%

Source: Bloomberg

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