SOURCE: Russell Investments

Russell Investments

April 27, 2012 08:00 ET

The Russell 3000® Index: Technology, Financial Services & Consumer Discretionary Sectors Show Strongest Gains in First Quarter

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - Apr 27, 2012) -

  • The Russell 3000® Index returned +12.8% in the first quarter, with Technology (+21.6%), Financial Services (+19.1%) and Consumer Discretionary (+16.0%) the strongest performing sectors for the quarter.

  • Within the Index, the Materials & Processing (+12.8%) and Producer Durables (+12.0%) sectors also had strong relative performance in the first quarter.

  • The Russell 3000® Index and its sectors have had positive performance across the board for the last two quarters, reversing the negative performance demonstrated by the index and all sectors for the third quarter of last year.
Russell Index / Sector 2Q 2011 3Q 2011 4Q 2011 1Q 2012
Russell 3000 Index -0.3% -15.3% 12.1% 12.8%
Russell 3000 Index Sector: Consumer Discretionary 3.5% -14.4% 12.5% 16.0%
Russell 3000 Index Sector: Consumer Staples 5.6% -4.6% 9.4% 5.9%
Russell 3000 Index Sector: Energy -5.2% -21.7% 18.6% 4.0%
Russell 3000 Index Sector: Financial Services -4.4% -20.8% 12.0% 19.1%
Russell 3000 Index Sector: Health Care 6.8% -11.4% 9.9% 10.3%
Russell 3000 Index Sector: Materials & Processing -0.9% -24.4% 16.7% 12.8%
Russell 3000 Index Sector: Producer Durables -1.2% -21.9% 16.3% 12.0%
Russell 3000 Index Sector: Technology -1.9% -9.8% 8.6% 21.6%
Russell 3000 Index Sector: Utilities 4.2% -4.5% 8.0% 0.0%

Source: Russell Investments

The Russell Global Index includes more than 10,000 securities in 48 countries and covers 98% of the investable global market. All securities in the index are classified according to size, region, country and sector. Daily Returns for the main components are available here: http://www.russell.com/indexes/data/daily_total_returns_global.asp

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