Jantzi index on the rebound

  • June 19, 2009
{mosimage}The Jantzi Social Index continued to keep pace with standard market indices through the May climb back to a shaky respectability.

The Jantzi — which picks its 60 Canadian stocks based on environmental sustainability, labour and human rights performance and transparent governance — was up 10.68 per cent in May and 32.2 per cent over the previous three months.

That compares to a 12-per-cent jump in the value of the S&P/TSX 60 in May and an 11.4-per-cent increase in the broader S&P/TSX Composite. The three-month performance of the Jantzi beat both of the non-screened indices, which came in at 30.3 per cent for the S&P/TSX 60 and 28.78 per cent for the Composite.

Energy stocks were responsible for almost 40 per cent of the JSI’s May improvement. The Jantzi would have done better but for continued weakness in the industrials sector. Industrials on the JSI pulled back 0.36 per cent.

Since inception in January 2000, the Jantzi Social Index has averaged 4.59-per-cent growth annually. The S&P/TSX 60 has grown 4.70 per cent annually and the S&P/TSX Composite has grown 4.38 per cent.

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