In the same way we analyzed equity market returns by country, the color-coded map below takes the process one step further for the US, and details the 2005 performance of equities by state. As the map details, 2005 was, for the most part, prosperous.
Hurricanes had the largest impact this year on TX, MS, LA, and FL, but all these states, with the exception of MS, had positive factors working in their favor that helped to sustain the negative impact of weather. FL continues to see positive demographic trends that help to boost its retail and real estate industries, while TX and LA benefited from the strength in the energy sector. Strength in energy was also partly responsible for the weak equity performances of Michigan companies as they are centered on the auto industry.