SOURCE: Russell Investments

Russell Investments

September 23, 2010 22:24 ET

Russell BRIC Index Shows Large Shifts in Country Weights

TACOMA, WA--(Marketwire - September 23, 2010) -  Stocks in China represent 35.1% of the market capitalization weight of the Russell BRIC Index as of September 21, 2010, more than double their weighting a decade ago. Stocks in Russia also have increased in terms of weighting in the index over the past decade, rising to 14.1% of the index weight as of September 21, 2010, from less than 1% a decade ago.

The other two countries represented in the Russell BRIC Index (an acronym to represent Brazil, Russia, India and China), Brazil and India, show decreases in market capitalization weight in the index over the past decade. The weighting of Brazil has declined about 19 percentage points and the weighting of India has declined about 13 percentage points.

Russell BRIC Index: Countries   Weighting within Index
as of Sept. 21, 2000
  Weighting within Index
as of Sept. 21, 2010
Brazil   49.82%   30.64%
Russia   0.91%   14.13%
India   32.86%   20.12%
China   16.42%   35.11%

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