SOURCE: Russell Investments

Russell Investments

April 18, 2012 23:24 ET

Russell Asia Pacific Index Up 10.3% Year-to-Date as of April 16th; Philippines Led Individual Countries & Technology Led Sectors Within the Index

The Russell Asia Pacific Index Returned 10.3% for the Year-to-Date as of April 16th

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - Apr 18, 2012) - Within the Index, the Philippines (+21.8%) led all individual country returns for this time period, followed by Thailand, Singapore and India. Indonesia (+5.8%) had the lowest return for this time period, followed by Japan and Malaysia.

Within the Index, Technology (+14.2%) led all sectors for this time period, followed by the Financial Services and Consumer Discretionary sectors. The Utilities sector (+4.0%) had the lowest return for this time period, followed by the Healthcare and Materials & Processing sectors.

"What's most interesting to observe is not what is leading equity markets, but what is performing worst. Japan and Indonesia were among the strongest Asian markets in 2011, but have not kept pace with other markets in the region this year," said Sarah Lien, Asia-based research analyst for Russell Investments. "Likewise, defensive stocks in the Healthcare and Utilities sectors have lagged cyclical areas, namely Technology, year-to-date in 2012."

Russell Asia Pacific Index Returns
Index 2012 YTD Returns as of 4/16/12
Russell Asia Pacific Index 10.3%
Russell Asia Pacific Index Country Returns
Russell Asia Pacific Index Country 2012 YTD Returns as of 4/16/12
Philippines 21.8%
Thailand 19.5%
Singapore 18.7%
India 17.5%
Taiwan 13.2%
China 13.0%
Hong Kong 13.0%
New Zealand 12.9%
Korea 12.4%
Australia 9.3%
Malaysia 8.7%
Japan 6.7%
Indonesia 5.9%
Russell Asia Pacific Index Sector Returns
Russell Asia Pacific Index Sector 2012 YTD Returns as of 4/16/12
Technology 14.2%
Financial Services 13.1%
Consumer Discretionary 11.8%
Energy 9.8%
Producer Durables 9.4%
Consumer Staples 9.2%
Materials & Processing 6.4%
Healthcare 4.8%
Utilities 4.0%

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 benchmark 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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