NOTE: I updated the graphic so that it now also tracks the MSCI EAFE Index and the MSCI ACWI Ex US Indexes.
Here are the April total returns for the S&P 500, S&P Midcap 400, S&P Smallcap 600, Barclay’s Aggregate Bond Index, Oil, and Gold (click on the graphic to download the PDF).
It’s hard to believe that crude oil is up over 22% so far this year.
Of the 86 years of monthly data I have for the S&P 500, April 2011’s 2.96% total return ranked as the 33rd best April. The historical average return for April is 1.68% while the goemetric average is 1.459%.