SOURCE: Russell Investments

Russell Investments

September 13, 2012 22:46 ET

Asian Defensive Stocks Outperformed Their Dynamic Counterparts YTD in 2012 as of September 10th as Measured by the Russell Asia Pacific Index

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - Sep 13, 2012) - The Russell Asia Pacific Defensive Index returned +11.0% for the year-to-date as of September 10th, compared to a +4.4% return for the Russell Asia Pacific Dynamic Index for the same time period.

The spread between the performance of defensive and dynamic stocks in Asia was approximately 2% for the first half of 2012, with a +5.7% return for the Russell Asia Pacific Defensive Index compared to a +3.7% return for the Russell Asia Pacific Dynamic Index.

This spread has widened in the third quarter as of September 10th, as illustrated by a +5.0% return for the Russell Asia Pacific Defensive Index compared to a +0.7% return for the Russell Asia Pacific Dynamic Index for this time period.

"The risk-off stance has been rewarded YTD in 2012 by the market," said Sarah Lien, Asia-based senior research analyst for Russell Investments. "Defensive stocks have clearly been the better performers as investors watch the unfolding of macro-economic events in Europe, the US, and China. It will be interesting to watch how this trend continues to progress over the rest of the year."

Russell Asia Pacific Index Returns

Index   First Half 2012 Returns   Third Qtr To Date
(as of 9/10/12)
  2012 YTD Returns
(as of 9/10)
Russell Asia Pacific Dynamic Index   5.7%   5.0%   11.0%
Russell Asia Pacific Defensive Index   3.7%   0.7%   4.4%

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