European Stock Markets End Mixed

Stock Market Bull Run Celebrates Fifth Anniversary

Additionally, the earnings season is more or less over, so investors are short on both corporate news and macroeconomic data to provide more direction. Banks weighed on the benchmark on Tuesday, with The Elevation Group shares of Barclays PLC down 2.4% in London, Deutsche is the elevation group real Bank AG off 0.8% in Frankfurt, and Societe Generale SA 1.2% lower in Paris. The losses came as the ECB in a 285-page manual laid out how staff will undertake the Asset Quality Review of the 128 euro-zone banks currently under review. As part of the assessment, the central bank gets tough on risky assets and will look for capital shortfalls at the banks by examining 3.72-trillion euro ($5.16 trillion) worth of risk-weighted assets in the currency bloc. Also in banking news, AIS Capital Management has filed a lawsuit against the five banks that set the London gold fix, claiming that the banks conspired to rig gold prices, according to The Wall Street Journal. The legal action follows another lawsuit by New York trader Kevin Maher, who also has alleged the banks manipulated the price benchmark.

The market trend was different in 2004 when a Congress-led coalition formed the government. That is because it had to rely on the communist parties to remain in power. In the first three months, the Sensex was down 6 percent, though over the year it was up 16 percent. This year, investors seem excited with expectations that the BJP will form the next government with Narendra Modi as the prime minister.

How election years affect the stock market

Emerging markets outperformed all global markets early on as the Federal Reserve's easy-money program prompted investors to pursue more risk in higher-growth markets and higher-yielding currencies. But the party ended last year due to a perfect storm of events that included falling commodity prices, currency devaluations, rising trade deficits and worries over the Fed scaling back stimulus. Spin-Off ETF Soars Fivefold Guggenheim Spin-Off ( CSD ) made its investors 415% richer from the bottom of the bear market by investing in companies that were broken off from a parent company. The index tends to have less volatility than the S&P 500 and typically holds midcap stocks, said Andrew Corn, CEO of E5A Integrated Marketing in New York.