SOURCE: Russell Investments

Russell Investments

August 08, 2012 17:31 ET

Asian Defensive Stocks Outperformed Dynamic for 2012 YTD as of 8/6 as Measured by the Russell Asia Pacific Defensive & Dynamic Indexes

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - Aug 8, 2012) -

  • The Russell Asia Pacific Index returned +6.4% for the year-to-date as of August 6th, with the Russell Asia Pacific Defensive Index (+10.1%) outperforming the Russell Asia Pacific Dynamic Index (+3.6%) for the same time period.

  • Third quarter performance as of August 6th tells a similar story. The Russell Asia Pacific Index returned +1.8%, with the Russell Asia Pacific Defensive Index (+4.2%) outperforming the Russell Asia Pacific Dynamic Index (-0.1%).

"The Russell Asia Pacific Defensive Index has clearly outperformed its Dynamic counterpart YTD. The performance dispersion between the Dynamic and Defensive indexes has only gotten more pronounced as the year has progressed. Market volatility this year has created an environment that favors defensive-type stocks which appear to have more stable earnings."

Russell Asia Pacific Index Returns

Index   Third Qtr 2012 Returns
(as of 8/6)
  2012 YTD Returns
 (as of 8/6)
Russell Asia Pacific Index   1.8%   6.4%
Russell Asia Pacific Dynamic Index   -0.1%   3.6%
Russell Asia Pacific Defensive Index   4.2%   10.1%

Source: Russell Investments

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