SOURCE: Russell Investments

Russell Investments

June 28, 2012 23:27 ET

UK Stocks Positive Month-to-Date as of 6/25 According to Russell Indexes; Previous Summer Olympic Hosts Showed Mostly Negative Returns

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - Jun 28, 2012) - As the UK prepares to host this year's Summer Olympics, stocks in the Russell UK Index have been positive in June, up +3.5% month-to-date as of June 25th. Conversely, stocks for the corresponding component of the Russell Global Index for the host countries of the last four Summer Olympics have not fared nearly as well around the time of the games, showing generally negative or flat returns, illustrating that a home country advantage may not necessarily apply to markets:

  • The 2008 Summer Olympics were held between August 8th and August 24th in Beijing, China. The Russell China Index returned (-7.3%) in August 2008.

  • The 2004 Summer Olympics were held between August 13th and August 29th in Athens, Greece. The Russell Greece Index returned +0.7% in August 2004.

  • The 2000 Summer Olympics were held in Sydney, Australia between September 19th and October 1st. The Russell Australia Index returned (-6.3%) in September 2000 and (-2.5%) in October 2000.

  • The 1996 Summer Olympics were held in Atlanta, GA between July 19th and August 4th. The U.S. large-cap Russell 1000 Index returned (-4.8%) in July 1996 and was up +2.7% in August 1996.

Russell Index Returns - Summer Olympic Host Countries

1996 - Atlanta
Russell 1000 Index
2000 - Sydney
Russell Australia Index
2004 - Athens
Russell Greece Index
2008 - Beijing
Russell China Index
2012 - London
Russell UK Index
July 1996 August 1996 September 2000 October 2000 August
2012 (a/o 6/25)








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