2012-04-30 19:08
The Russell Asia Pacific Index Returned +10.3% YTD as of April 20, With the Philippines, Thailand & Singapore Leading Countries Within the Index
SEATTLE, WA,--(Korea Newswire) April 30, 2012 -- The Russell Asia Pacific Index returned +10.3% year-to-date as of April 20, 2012, with performance almost even across small cap & large cap stocks within the index.

This year-to-date performance represents an about face from 2011, where the Russell Asia Pacific Index had negative performance across all cap tiers, with the Russell Asia Pacific Small Cap Index having the worst performance with a (-16.3%) return for the year.

Within the Index, the Philippines (+23.5%) led all individual country returns for this time period, followed by Thailand, Singapore and India. Japan (+6.2%) had the lowest return for this time period, followed by Indonesia and Malaysia.

Within the Index, Financial Services (+13.7%) led all sectors for this time period, followed by the Technology and Consumer Discretionary sectors. The Utilities sector (+3.8%) had the lowest return for this time period, followed by the Healthcare and Materials & Processing sectors.

“It's nice to see that all Asian markets within the Russell Asia Pacific Index are positive year-to-date,” said Sarah Lien, Senior Research Analyst for Russell Investments. “While there has been little differentiation across capitalization lines, sector and country dispersion is material. Defensive areas like Utilities and Healthcare are the clear laggards sector-wise; from a country angle, some of the Southeast Asian markets are leading the way.”

Russell Asia Pacific Index Returns
 
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Russell Index / 2012 YTD Returns as of 4/20/12 / 2011 Returns
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Russell Asia Pacific Index 10.3% -15.0%
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Russell Asia Pacific Small Cap Index 10.6% -16.3%
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Russell Asia Pacific Large Cap Index 10.3% -14.8%
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Russell Asia Pacific Index Country Returns
 
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Russell Asia Pacific Index Country / 2012 YTD Returns as of 4/20/12 / 2011 Returns
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Philippines 23.5% 2.9%
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Thailand 22.2% -4.7%
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Singapore 19.1% -16.4%
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India 17.6% -37.6%
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Hong Kong 14.4% -18.5%
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China 13.9% -20.8%
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New Zealand 13.8% 4.5%
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Korea 11.4% -11.0%
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Australia 11.1% -10.2%
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Taiwan 9.8% -22.2%
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Malaysia 8.2% 0.9%
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Indonesia 6.9% 4.4%
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Japan 6.2% -12.5%
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Russell Asia Pacific Index Sector Returns
 
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Russell Asia Pacific Index Sector / 2012 YTD Returns as of 4/20/12 / 2011 Returns
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Financial Services 13.7% -17.0%
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Technology 12.9% -20.2%
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Consumer Discretionary 11.6% -9.4%
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Energy 10.7% -19.2%
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Producer Durables 9.6% -15.8%
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Consumer Staples 9.0% 3.1%
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Materials & Processing 6.4% -22.0%
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Healthcare 4.1% -6.8%
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Utilities 3.8% -7.5%
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The Russell Global Index includes more than 10,000 securities in 48 countries and covers 98% of the investable global market. All securities in the benchmark are classified according to size, region, country and sector. Daily Returns for the main components are available here: http://www.russell.com/indexes/data/daily_total_returns_global.asp
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