International market performance in 2009

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Posted: Dec 10, 2009 12:33 PM

Stock prices in most international markets have risen faster than in the U.S. this year, with the biggest numbers in emerging markets. Here's a look at year-to-date gains for some key market indexes, and details on the countries that make up each index:

EMERGING MARKETS:

95 percent _ MSCI EM Latin America (Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru)

86 percent _ MSCI BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, China)

70 percent _ MSCI Emerging Markets (22 countries across globe)

55 percent _ MSCI EM Europe, Middle East and Africa (9 emerging markets across the three regions)

FRONTIER MARKETS:

3 percent _ MSCI Frontier (25 countries with economies not mature enough to be classified as emerging, from Slovenia to Sri Lanka)

DEVELOPED MARKETS:

26 percent _ MSCI EAFE (21 developed countries across Europe, East Asia, Australia and New Zealand)

22 percent _ Standard & Poor's 500 (500 largest U.S. stocks)