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Russell Indexes: Asia Outperformed Europe, Underperformed US in First Half 2012; All Global Regions Positive

2012-07-06 08:59 | Russell Investments

SEATTLE, WA--(Korea Newswire) July 6, 2012 -- The Russell Developed Asia Pacific Index returned +4.6% in the first half of 2012, relative to a +3.4% return for the Russell Developed Europe Index and a +9.3% return for the Russell 1000® Index of U.S. large cap stocks.

The Philippines was the top performing country within the Russell Asia Pacific Index for the first half of 2012 with a return of 26.8%, followed by Thailand (+17.1%) and Singapore (+15.3%). Indonesia had the worst performance within the Index in the first half at (-1.0%), followed by China (+3.0%) and Japan (+3.1%).

Within the Russell Asia Pacific Index, the Financial Services sector led the first half, with a +10.7% return, followed by the Consumer Staples (+8.8%) and Health Care (+8.2%) sectors. The Materials & Processing sector was at the bottom of the Russell Asia Pacific Index in the first half at (-5.1%).
 
Russell Global Indexes - First Half 2012 Regional Performance

Russell Index / First Half 2012(a/o Friday, June 29th)
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Russell Global Index / 6.1%
Russell Asia Pacific Index / 4.6%
Russell Developed Europe Index / 3.4%
Russell 1000 Index / 9.3%
 
Russell Asia Pacific Index - First Half 2012 Country Performance

Russell Asia Pacific Index Country / First Half 2012(a/o Friday, June 29th)
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Philippines / 26.8%
Thailand / 17.1%
Singapore / 15.3%
New Zealand / 8.9%
India / 8.6%
Hong Kong / 6.9%
Malaysia / 5.6%
Taiwan / 5.1%
Korea / 4.4%
Australia / 3.5%
Japan / 3.1%
China / 3.0%
Indonesia / -1.0%
 
Russell Asia Pacific Index - First Half 2012 Sector Performance

Russell Asia Pacific Index Sector / First Half 2012(a/o Friday, June 29th)
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Financial Services / 10.7%
Consumer Staples / 8.8%
Health Care / 8.2%
Consumer Discretionary / 5.3%
Technology / 4.1%
Utilities / 3.9%
Producer Durables / 2.1%
Energy / -2.6%
Materials & Processing / -5.1%
 
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

Disclaimer: http://www.russell.com/indexes/about/index_alerts.asp#disclaimer

News Source: Russell Investments

Lauren Goble
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