Among large-cap indexes, the Dow Jones Industrial average was the top performer in a decidely bad month for equities.
According to a Thursday report by Dow Jones Indexes, a unit of CME Group, the Dow fell 4.36% in August, closing at 11,613.53, which left it down for the year just 0.31%.
That is better than the performance of the Dow Jones Global Titans 50 Index of large global firms, which fell 6.67% in August, closing at 170.87, leaving it down 3.52% for the year.
The Dow also significantly outperformed the Dow Jones Asian Titans 50 Index, which dropped 8.01% in August, down 12.70% for the year, and the Dow Jones Europe Titans 80 Index, which fell 10.67% in August and is now off 7.59% for the year
The worst performance was charted by the Dow Jones Eurozone Titans 80 Index, which lost 13.35% in August and is now down 10.98% for the year.
Looking at sectors, Dow Jones U.S. Utilities Index was the top performer, showing a 1.06% gain for August and a 6.96% gain for the year to date.
The worst performer for the month was the Dow Jones World Automobiles & Parts Titans Index, which fell by a whopping 15.26% for the month and is now down 8.84% for the year.
In North America, the worst performing sector was the Dow Jones U.S. Oil & Gas Index, which dropped 10.42% in August, but only 0.22% for the year so far.
In Europe, the Dow Jones Europe Health Care Index had the smallest loss, down 5.77% in August but still up 7.73% for the year. Meanwhile, the big loser was in the financial sector with the Dow Jones Europe Financials Index, which shed 14.73% during August and is now down 15.59% for the year.
In Asia, the Dow Jones Asia/Pacific Utilities Index was the top performer, losing only 2.90% in August which, while negative, looked good in comparison to the worst performing sector, the Dow Jones Asian/Pacific Oil & Gas Index, which lost 11.3% in August.
Among global sector indexes, the top performer was the Dow Jones Food & Beverage Titans Index, which lost only 1.69% for August, and maintains a gain of 4.20% for the year to date.