10 Emerging Market Stocks With Gains of Up to 64% in 2012 (Update2)
BOSTON (TheStreet) -- In a clear sign investor sentiment is now "risk on," historically volatile emerging market stock indices are generating double-digit gains this year because the U.S. and European equities are projected to offer slimmer returns.
The benchmark MSCI Emerging Markets Index is up 16.4% this year, double that of the S&P 500 of the biggest U.S. companies, including 14% in the past 13 weeks. It hit a six-month high Monday.
But indicative of how bad things were last year in the sector, the MSCI EM index is down 5% over the past 12 months.
The gains of this year could stall given events of the past week. In what should be a boon to emerging market investors' confidence, European Union finance ministers agreed to a $172 billion bailout of Greece to avert what could have been a chaotic default.
Just as that occurred, another challenge to investor confidence emerged in the form of higher gas prices worldwide, which can stifle an emerging market economy.