Note: this is the fifth blog in a series that compares FIFA team performance with their corresponding country stock markets. The Nasdaq Global Equity Index family (NQGI), with over 9,000 stocks from 45 countries, offers a valuable barometer for tracking the performance of global markets.
Sunday, July 5th, marked the conclusion of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup with Team USA claiming the championship. Over the last several weeks, 24 teams competed on the world stage and produced a ton of thrills and excitement. Off the field, global markets also offered up some action packed performances.
The theme of the 7th FIFA Women’s World Cup would be best defined as “record breaking.” The completion marked the first time that 24 teams participated in a Woman’s Tournament while also yielding a record of 146 total goals. The tournament encompassed power house teams such as USA and Germany, as well as several new debuts such as Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Spain.
Third Place Match
Germany matched head-to-head with England in the battle for third place. England emerged as the victor by scoring the game’s only goal in extra time. Off the field, both the Nasdaq Germany Index and the Nasdaq U.K. Index were hit hard, losing 3.8% and 3.0%, respectively. The continued uncertainty in Greece weighed down the European markets as investors are still mulling out the effects this will have on the rest of the global markets.
In what turned out to be a record setting game, the United States delivered an epic performance, defeating Japan with a score of 5-2. Team USA set several records during the match including the quickest goal in a finals match and had the distinction of being the only team to score more than two goals in a Women’s World Cup final. American star Carli Lloyd was the first player ever to score a hat trick in a Women’s Final match, which paved the way for her to be awarded the tournament’s Golden Ball award winner. This victory marks the third Women’s World Cup title for Team USA, which is also a record. Shifting our attention to the markets, the Nasdaq Japan Index displayed stronger performance for the week, trading flat versus the Nasdaq U.S. Index, which was lower by 1.3% for the week.
Rankings off the Pitch: Global Markets
Off the pitch, there was a lot of excitement as well. Here we rank each team’s global index performance over the course of the tournament. Most notable, Ecuador1 took the title as the best performing market throughout the tournament, adding 2.04%; and the Nasdaq China Index was the worst performing market during the life of the tournament, losing 8.37%. Despite a recent interest rate cut by the Chinese central bank, Chinese markets have been extremely volatile and have fallen sharply over the past few weeks.
Complete ranking of Nasdaq Global Indexes
Canada provided an epic tournament, and we look forward to France 2019!
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