SOURCE: Russell Investments

Russell Investments

January 11, 2013 09:25 ET

Earnings Season: The Health Care Sector Led Russell 1000® & Russell 2000® Indexes Sector Returns for 2013 as of January 9th

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - Jan 11, 2013) - Throughout the fourth quarter 2012 corporate earnings reporting session, the Health Care sector has led other sectors in the U.S. large-cap stocks, as reflected by the Russell 1000® Index, and U.S. small cap stocks, as reflected by the Russell 2000® Index, as of January 9th.

The Russell 1000® Index of large-cap U.S. stocks has returned +2.6% year-to-date as of January 9th. Within the Index, the Health Care sector has led with a +4.1% return year-to-date, followed by the Financial Services (+3.5%) and Materials & Processing (+3.4%) sectors for the same period.

The Russell 2000® Index of small-cap U.S. stocks has returned +3.6% year-to-date as of January 9th. Within the Index, the Health Care sector has returned +6.0%, followed by the Materials & Processing (+3.8%), Producer Durables (+3.7%) and Financial Services (+3.7%) sectors for the same period.

And the Russell 2000® Index and the Russell 1000® Index Health Care sector reached all-time high values in terms of total return on January 9, 2013.

"While we do not expect the US to lapse into recession in 2013 -- we appear to be in a reluctant and mixed recovery, and the diversity of sector returns in a strong market year-to-date suggest that not all boats will rise. A maturing earnings cycle and a challenging revenue environment leads us to recognize that not all balance sheets are created equal and not every company is poised to out-perform," said Stephen Wood, chief market strategist for Russell Investments. "In this environment, actively managed Multi Asset strategies and security selection may prove critical."

Index / Sector   2013 Year-to-Date as of 1/9/13
Russell 1000 Index   2.6%
Russell 1000 Health Care Sector   4.1%
Russell 1000 Financial Services Sector   3.5%
Russell 1000 Materials & Processing Sector   3.4%
Russell 1000 Producer Durables Sector   3.2%
Russell 1000 Consumer Discretionary Sector   2.7%
Russell 1000 Consumer Staples Sector   2.1%
Russell 1000 Energy Sector   2.1%
Russell 1000 Utilities Sector   1.5%
Russell 1000 Technology Sector   1.1%
Russell 2000 Index   3.6%
Russell 2000 Health Care Sector   6.0%
Russell 2000 Materials & Processing Sector   3.8%
Russell 2000 Producer Durables Sector   3.7%
Russell 2000 Financial Services Sector   3.7%
Russell 2000 Energy Sector   3.6%
Russell 2000 Technology Sector   2.8%
Russell 2000 Consumer Discretionary Sector   2.8%
Russell 2000 Consumer Staples Sector   2.2%
Russell 2000 Utilities Sector   1.4%

Source: Russell Investments

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