SOURCE: Russell Investments

Russell Investments

March 08, 2011 23:01 ET

Russell BRIC Index: Energy Sector Outperforms Amid Negative Returns

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - March 8, 2011) - The Russell BRIC Index posted a year-to-date loss of 0.7% through March 7, 2011, showing relative weakness this year after a 14.1% return for 2010.

Among the sectors of the Russell BRIC Index, energy, which was the worst-performing sector in 2010, is currently leading the index with a year-to-date gain of 7.7%. Technology (2.7%) is the only other sector reflecting a positive year-to-date return through March 7, 2011. The health care sector, the second highest performer of 2010, is currently the worst-performing sector of the index with a year-to-date loss of 9.8%.

Russell Indexes 2010 YTD through March 7, 2011
Russell BRIC Index 14.1% -0.7%
     
Russell BRIC Index Sectors 2010 YTD through March 7, 2011
Energy 5.3% 7.7%
Technology 29.0% 2.7%
Materials & Processing 18.5% -0.2%
Utilities 11.0% -0.5%
Financial Services 11.3% -4.1%
Consumer Staples 30.4% -5.5%
Consumer Discretionary 22.1% -6.4%
Producer Durables 14.9% -7.3%
Health Care 30.3% -9.8%

The Russell Global Index includes more than 10,000 securities in 61 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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