SOURCE: Russell Investments

Russell Investments

April 26, 2011 23:38 ET

Russell Global Indexes: Consumer Discretionary Leads All Sectors in the Russell Asia Pacific Ex-Japan Index YTD Through April 25

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - Apr 26, 2011) - The Russell Asia Pacific ex-Japan Index (6.3%) outperformed the Russell Japan Index (-6.3%) by almost 13 percentage points year-to-date as all nine sectors reflected positive returns. The Russell Asia Pacific ex-Japan Index was led by strong returns in the consumer discretionary sector which reflected a gain of 12.1% through April 25, 2011. Ranked second among top performing sectors, materials & processing and energy posted identical returns (10.9%) for the same period.

Conversely in the Russell Japan Index, energy was the only sector reflecting a positive year-to-date return through April 25, gaining 8.4% for the period. Utilities and financial services posted the lowest returns among sectors, reflecting losses of 13.5% and 10.6%, respectively, through April 25.

Russell IndexYTD
Through April 25, 2011
Russell Japan Index-6.3%
Russell Asia Pacific ex-Japan Index6.3%
SectorRussell Asia Pacific ex-Japan Index YTD Through April 25, 2011Russell Japan Index YTD
Through April 25, 2011
Consumer Discretionary12.1%-4.4%
Materials & Processing10.9%-3.6%
Financial Services5.6%-10.6%
Consumer Staples3.8%-4.3%
Producer Durables3.4%-3.7%
Health Care2.5%-3.6%

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:


Indexes are unmanaged and cannot be invested in directly. Returns represent past performance, are not a guarantee of future performance, and are not indicative of any specific investment. Russell's publication of the Indexes or Index constituents in no way suggests or implies a representation or opinion by Russell as to the attractiveness of investing in a particular security. Inclusion of a security in an Index is not a promotion, sponsorship or endorsement of a security by Russell and Russell makes no representation, warranty or guarantee with respect to the performance of any security included in a Russell Index.

Russell Investment Group is a Washington, USA corporation, which operates through subsidiaries worldwide, including Russell Investments, and is a subsidiary of The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company.