SOURCE: Russell Investments

Russell Investments

June 06, 2012 22:51 ET

Russell Indexes: A Difficult May for Index Performance in the U.S., Europe & Asia

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - Jun 6, 2012) -

  • May was a difficult month for the global markets, as demonstrated by Russell Indexes performance in the U.S., Europe and Asia.

  • The Russell 1000® Index of large cap U.S. stocks lost (-6.1%) in May, with every sector within the Index except Utilities in negative territory for the month. The Index returned 5.3% year-to-date as of May 31st.

  • The Russell Developed Europe Index lost (-12.2%) in May, with every sector showing negative returns for the month. The Index returned (-3.8%) year-to-date as of May 31st.

  • The Russell Asia Pacific Index lost (-9.6%) in May, with every sector showing negative returns for the month. The Index is up 0.5% year-to-date as of May 31st.

"The old adage 'sell in May and go away' may have been good advice," said Tom Goodwin, senior research director for Russell Indexes. "Worries about a 'Grexit,' Greece's possible exit from the Euro, had an impact on the Russell Developed Europe Index, compounded by fresh concerns about Spain, Italy and Portugal's banking sector. Investors appear to have fled the markets of North America and Asia as well, although the losses for those indexes were single digit, as those economies are perceived to be at a tipping point and vulnerable to a European meltdown."

Russell 1000® Index Returns
Russell Index & Sectors YTD 2012
(as of May 31
st)
May 2012
Russell 1000 Index 5.3% -6.1%
Utilities 4.3% 1.1%
Technology 9.7% -7.9%
Producer Durables 4.1% -6.3%
Materials & Processing 2.8% -8.1%
Health Care 6.1% -3.5%
Financial Services 8.4% -8.4%
Energy -7.9% -10.4%
Consumer Staples 4.0% -2.3%
Consumer Discretionary 10.9% -4.9%
Russell Developed Europe Index Returns
Russell Index & Sectors YTD 2012
(as of May 31
st)
May 2012
Russell Developed Europe Index -3.8% -12.2%
Utilities -10.7% -9.7%
Technology 1.9% -12.2%
Producer Durables -0.7% -12.6%
Materials & Processing -4.8% -16.5%
Health Care -1.4% -7.9%
Financial Services -6.6% -15.1%
Energy -11.2% -14.3%
Consumer Staples 0.5% -8.2%
Consumer Discretionary 5.1% -11.7%
Russell Asia Pacific Index Returns
Russell Index & Sectors YTD 2012
(as of May 31
st)
May 2012
Russell Asia Pacific Index 0.5% -9.6%
Consumer Discretionary 2.6% -9.6%
Consumer Staples 4.5% -5.8%
Energy -4.1% -13.5%
Financial Services 3.1% -10.0%
Health Care 1.2% -4.4%
Materials & Processing -6.9% -12.4%
Producer Durables -0.5% -9.1%
Technology 2.7% -10.6%
Utilities -1.6% -5.7%

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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