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Emerging Markets a Bright Spot in the Third Quarter

It's been mostly more of the same for international-stock funds so far in 2016.

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In the global financial markets, most of the developments that were in place halfway through this year remain intact as we head into the final quarter of 2016. As a result, the performance results in the Morningstar Categories for funds look much like they did at the end of the second quarter.

Most notably, developed European markets--and thus funds that focus solely on that continent--have continued to struggle. In fact, through Sept. 23, the Europe-stock category was the only one of the 15 international-stock groups in negative territory for 2016, with an average return of negative 0.5%.

Gregg Wolper does not own (actual or beneficial) shares in any of the securities mentioned above. Find out about Morningstar’s editorial policies.