Since their lows in late October 2008 -- they bottomed a few months before the U.S. market did -- the MSCI Emerging Markets index has soared 116%, while the MSCI BRIC index has skyrocketed 150% (all measured in dollars).
That makes the Standard & Poor's 500's 65% gains from its March lows look like chump change.
In the past year, Brazil has been on fire, surging 139.5%. Russia and India are close behind, with advances of around 115%, and China is the "laggard," with a mere 94.5% gain. (more)