SOURCE: Russell Investments

Russell Investments

August 29, 2013 15:18 ET

Investors Favored More Dynamic, Value-Oriented Stocks in an Emerging European Market According to Russell Indexes

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwired - Aug 29, 2013) - As Europe appears to turn a corner economically, experts at Russell Investments believe European equities may provide better value versus other non-U.S. developed markets. In addition, dynamic and deep value-oriented investors may have found more investment opportunity in Europe in recent months, according to the Russell Indexes.

  • Since the beginning of the third quarter as of August 26, the Russell Developed Europe Dynamic Index has outperformed the Russell Developed Europe Defensive Index by more than 6% and has outperformed the Russell Developed Europe Index by more than 3.5%.

  • And for the same time period, the Russell Developed Europe Value Index has outperformed the Russell Developed Europe Growth Index by more than 3% and has outperformed the Russell Developed Europe Index by more than 1.5%.

"We are seeing a somewhat friendlier environment for European equities in recent months as the Eurozone emerges from recession. And this has attracted some investors interested in taking on riskier companies and deeper value plays," said Wouter Sturkenboom, investment strategist for Russell Investments Europe. "However, investors should be mindful that many questions remain in Europe in the coming months, such as potential financial bailouts for Greece and Portugal, political uncertainty in Spain and Italy and the coming German elections."

Russell Index Returns
Index   3rd Quarter to Date as of August 26   August to Date as of August 26   2013 YTD as of August 26
Russell Developed Europe Index   7.2%   1.9%   12.5%
Russell Developed Europe Dynamic Index   10.8%   3.1%   13.8%
Russell Developed Europe Defensive Index   4.6%   1.0%   12.0%
Russell Developed Europe Value Index   8.8%   2.4%   11.9%
Russell Developed Europe Growth Index   5.6%   1.4%   13.5%

Source: Russell Investments. Returns are denominated in euros.

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Opinions expressed by Mr. Sturkenboom reflect market performance and observations as of August 26, 2013 and are subject to change at any time based on market or other conditions without notice. Past performance does not guarantee future performance.

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