Development of international indexes
Up 6.9 percent, the DAX sustained its growth trajectory for the fifth year in a row. After a rocky start, it remained below the prior-year figure during the year before closing higher on the strength of a final spurt in December.
The Dow Jones EURO STOXX 50® saw slightly weaker performance than the DAX though with a similar trend, ultimately posting gains of 4.8 percent on a total return basis, i. e., including reinvested dividends.
The Nikkei finished 2016 trading just 0.4 percent higher, while the United States’ stock market barometer, the Dow Jones, easily outstripped the other indexes with gains of 13.4 percent.