SOURCE: Russell Investments

Russell Investments

April 02, 2012 15:33 ET

Russell Indexes: First Qtr Returns in Excess of +12% for the Russell 1000®, Russell 2000® & Russell 3000® Indexes, Technology Led Sectors

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

  • The Russell 3000® Index and Russell 1000® Index posted identical returns of +12.9% for the first quarter of 2012, while the Russell 2000® Index returned +12.4% for the same time period.

  • The Technology sector of the Russell 3000® Index and the Russell 1000® Index both returned in excess of +20%, while the Healthcare sector of the Russell 2000® Index returned +15.4% return for the first quarter of 2012.

  • The Utilities sector returned the least across all three indexes for the quarter with a 0.0% return for the Russell 3000® Index and Russell 1000® Index and a (-0.2%) return for the Russell 2000® Index.

"During the first quarter of 2012 we observed an across the board renewal in the global appetite for risk assets. This was largely due to a continuing economic expansion in the U.S., the near term stabilization of the European debt crisis, and the beginning of a soft landing for the Chinese economy," said Stephen Wood, Chief Market Strategist at Russell Investments. "This trend was reflected in Russell U.S. index returns for the quarter."

Russell Index First Quarter 2012
Russell 3000 Index 12.9%
Russell 1000 Index 12.9%
Russell 2000 Index 12.4%
Russell Index Sectors Russell 3000 1Q 2012 Russell 1000 1Q 2012 Russell 2000 1Q 2012
Utilities 0.0% 0.0% -0.2%
Technology 21.6% 22.2% 13.8%
Producer Durables 12.0% 12.0% 11.8%
Materials & Processing 12.8% 12.7% 13.5%
Health Care 10.3% 9.8% 15.4%
Financial Services 19.1% 20.0% 11.6%
Energy 4.0% 3.9% 6.0%
Consumer Staples 5.9% 5.9% 6.2%
Consumer Discretionary 16.0% 15.8% 18.1%

Source: Russell Investments

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 index 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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