SOURCE: Russell Investments

Russell Investments

March 27, 2013 08:32 ET

Defensive Eurozone: Russell Eurozone Index Indicates a Defensive Eurozone as Cyprus Gets a New Bailout Deal

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - Mar 27, 2013) -  The Russell Eurozone Index has returned 3.2% year-to-date as of March 25th, with defensive stocks as reflected by the Russell Eurozone Defensive Index (+5.5%) outperforming dynamic stocks as reflected by the Russell Eurozone Dynamic Index (+1.3%) for this same time period.

The Russell Eurozone Index has lost (-2.2%) since Eurozone markets first received news of the pending bailout of Cyprus from international creditors on March 18th through March 25th, when the final bailout was announced. During this same time period, defensive stocks as reflected by the Russell Eurozone Defensive Index (-0.5%) have performed better than dynamic stocks as reflected by the Russell Eurozone Dynamic Index (-3.8%). For Monday, March 25th, the Russell Eurozone Index was also down, with defensive-oriented stocks again outperforming dynamic-oriented stocks.

"Although Cyprus appears to have secured a bailout from its international creditors and will remain in the Eurozone, the situation appears to have created renewed doubt in the European markets. And, like the recent uncertain outcome of the Italian elections, it adds further uncertainty to the economic climate," said Wouter Sturkenboom, investment strategist with Russell Investments Europe. "This uncertainty on the part of investors is reflected in the negative performance of the Russell Eurozone Index in the past week and the gravitation of investors toward the perceived safety of defensive-oriented stocks is reflected in the stronger relative performance of the Russell Eurozone Defensive Index."

Russell Eurozone Index Performance
Index   2013 YTD as of March 25th, 2013  
March 18
th - 25th, 2013
  March 25th, 2013
Russell Eurozone Index   3.2%   -2.2%   -0.9%
Russell Eurozone Defensive Index   5.5%   -0.5%   -0.3%
Russell Eurozone Dynamic Index   1.3%   -3.8%   -1.4%

Source: Russell Investments

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