SOURCE: Russell Investments

Russell Investments

July 02, 2012 11:50 ET

Russell Indexes: Europe Underperformed US & Asia in First Half 2012; All Global Regions Positive

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - Jul 2, 2012) -

  • The Russell Developed Europe Index returned +3.4% in the first half of 2012, relative to a +9.3% return for the Russell 1000® Index of U.S. large cap stocks and a +4.6% return for the Russell Asia-Pacific Index.

  • Ireland was the top performing country within the Russell Developed Europe Index for the first half of 2012 with a return of 7.0%, followed by Germany (+6.9%) and Sweden (+6.4%). Spain had the worst performance within the Index in the first half at (-15.6%), followed by Portugal (-12.8%) and Greece (-5.7%).

  • Within the Russell Developed Europe Index, the Consumer Discretionary sector led the first half, with a +9.6% return, followed by the Consumer Staples (+6.9%) and Health Care (+6.4%) sectors. The Energy sector was at the bottom of the Russell Developed Europe Index in the first half at (-5.1%).

Russell Global Indexes - First Half 2012 Regional Performance

Russell Index  
First Half 2012
(a/o Friday, June 29
th)
Russell Global Index   6.1%
Russell Developed Europe Index   3.4%
Russell 1000 Index   9.3%
Russell Asia Pacific Index   4.6%

Russell Developed Europe Index - First Half 2012 Country Performance

Russell Developed Europe Index Country  
First Half 2012
(a/o Friday, June 29
th)
Ireland   7.0%
Germany   6.9%
Sweden   6.4%
Norway   6.3%
United Kingdom   6.1%
Austria   6.0%
France   3.3%
Switzerland   2.7%
Netherlands   -1.4%
Luxembourg   -2.9%
Italy   -3.2%
Finland   -4.7%
Greece   -5.7%
Portugal   -12.8%
Spain   -15.6%

Russell Developed Europe Index - First Half 2012 Sector Performance

Russell Developed Europe Index Sector  
First Half 2012
(a/o Friday, June 29
th)
Consumer Discretionary   9.6%
Consumer Staples   6.9%
Health Care   6.4%
Technology   5.0%
Producer Durables   4.5%
Financial Services   4.3%
Materials & Processing   0.2%
Utilities   -0.2%
Energy   -5.1%

Source: Russell Investments

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