Which of Europe’s PIIGS is the #1 Stock Market of 2013?

Even as the U.S. stock market struggled to find its footing during the past two weeks after a strong July, a handful of other stock markets in the world have continued their blistering rise into August.

Foremost among these star performers are Europe’s crisis-ridden “PIIGS” — Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece and Spain.

That news may come as a big surprise, since only a year ago, pundits were predicting Greece’s imminent exit from the euro.

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