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The World's Best-Performing Markets Are Still a Buy

By Brett Eversole
Monday, November 11, 2013

Three markets are up 40%, 27%, and 26% in just a little over four months.
But almost nobody has noticed...
It's a classic "bad to less bad" situation... an opportunity where things are slowly improving...
"Bad to less bad" might not sound like much – but it is where investors can make some of the biggest gains investing.
Our opportunity is in some of Europe's most out-of-favor countries – Greece, Italy, and Spain. Remember, to make money here, these markets don't have to get "good" – they just have to get "less bad." And that is starting to happen now.
I first wrote about investing in European stocks last year. Since then, the "Dow Jones of Europe" fund I recommended is up 42%... handily outperforming the S&P 500's 33% gains.
But you haven't missed this "bad to less bad" opportunity across the pond...
You see, even after their big moves, these stock markets are still cheap!
Today, you can buy Greece, Italy, and Spain at 38%, 29%, and 27% discounts to their 10-year average book value. Take a look...
european stock price-to-book
These countries trade for an average price-to-book value of around 1.1 today. That's dirt-cheap. For perspective, European blue chips trade for a 30% premium to that price, and U.S. stocks are more than twice as expensive.
So while all three of these countries have hit multiyear highs, they are still incredibly cheap – well below their pre-financial-crisis highs.
In short, we've got a group of cheap, beaten-down stock markets. The average investor has given up on them. But now, for the first time in years, they're soaring. And they still have plenty of room to run.
You see, things are getting "less bad" in Europe. The continent as a whole is slowly pulling itself out of a multiyear recession. And while Europe still has a lot of long-term structural issues (with big debt loads, rigid labor laws, and chronically high unemployment, to name a few), investors are just starting to warm up to the idea of taking on risk in Europe.
It is truly a "bad to less bad" situation. And the "worst of worst" countries are now providing the biggest gains.
The idea of buying European blue chips last year was difficult for most people to swallow. But it was the right call... the fund I recommended soared by 42%.
Now, we have a new "bad to less bad" opportunity in Europe's "worst" countries – with a much higher potential return.
I know it's scary to think about, but that's what makes this such a great opportunity.
Greece, Spain, and Italy are cheap and hated... and they've just started an uptrend. Things are going from bad to less bad.
Now is the time to jump in.
Good investing,
Brett Eversole

Further Reading:

Brett has been showing readers some of the best opportunities on the planet... investment ideas you aren't hearing from the mainstream financial media. Find out what you should be buying right now here:
The World's Best Businesses Are Still Dirt-Cheap
"Investors have a rare opportunity – one that should never exist..."
The Cheapest Stocks in the World's Cheapest Sector
At these prices, "nearly everything can go wrong and investors can still make money."
A Safe Way to Increase Your Return on Stocks (By as Much as 100%)
"You'd be foolish if you don't put it to work today..."

In The Daily Crux
Market Notes
"Big Pharma" uptrend continues as sector fund PJP breaks out to a new all-time high.
Small-cap Russell 2000 Index soars 39% over the past year... 11 percentage points better than the S&P 500's performance.
Beaten-down coal giant Peabody Energy is sitting at a five-month high.
Insurance sector fund KIE touches a new six-year high... up 45% over the past year, including dividends.
Market Watch
Symbol Price
S&P 500 1770.61 +1.3% +28.5%
Oil (USO) 34.01 +0.1% +8.7%
Gold (GLD) 124.28 -1.5% -26.0%
Silver (SLV) 20.69 -0.7% -34.1%
U.S. Dollar 81.30 +0.1% +0.3%
Euro 1.34 +0.3% +5.4%
Volatility (^VIX) 12.90 -7.3% -30.2%
Gold Stocks (^HUI) 229.32 +0.6% -53.1%
10-Year Yield 2.75 +5.4% +68.7%

World ETFs
Symbol Price
Japan (EWJ) 11.72 +0.8% +32.9%
USA (SPY) 177.29 +1.4% +31.2%
Israel (ISL) 15.86 -0.2% +27.1%
Taiwan (EWT) 14.09 +0.1% +13.0%
Russia (TRF) 15.29 +0.7% +10.4%
S. Korea (EWY) 62.51 +0.2% +10.0%
Singapore (EWS) 13.63 -0.3% +7.3%
Canada (EWC) 29.32 +0.6% +6.8%
China (FXI) 36.84 +0.6% +3.8%
India (IFN) 20.17 -0.9% -0.1%
S. Africa (EZA) 63.10 -0.3% -1.3%
Lat.America (ILF) 37.84 -1.0% -6.5%

Sector ETFs
Symbol Price
Alt. Energy (PBW) 6.56 +3.0% +75.7%
Biotech (PBE) 35.13 +3.2% +59.3%
Media (PBS) 24.17 +2.3% +52.7%
Defense (PPA) 29.11 +1.4% +48.9%
Retail (PMR) 35.09 +1.6% +44.3%
Transportation (IYT) 125.34 +1.2% +41.1%
Consumer Svcs (IYC) 115.59 +1.4% +39.0%
Industrials (IYJ) 95.46 +1.3% +38.7%
Health Care (IYH) 111.55 +1.6% +38.6%
Financials (IYF) 76.64 +1.9% +34.8%
Semis (PSI) 17.70 +1.9% +32.6%
Big Tech (QQQQ) 82.56 +1.4% +32.6%
Water (PHO) 24.72 +1.0% +28.7%
Construction (PKB) 20.83 +0.9% +28.3%
Software (PSJ) 33.88 +1.7% +28.1%
Telecom (IYZ) 28.92 +0.5% +27.2%
Nanotech (PXN) 6.83 +1.2% +22.0%
Basic Mat (IYM) 78.00 +2.0% +20.8%
Insurance (PIC) 19.01 +0.1% +18.3%
Utilities (XLU) 38.95 -0.2% +16.2%
Real Estate (IYR) 63.99 -1.3% +5.3%

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