Monday, March 26th, 2012 - Russell Asia Pacific Index

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire) - The Russell Asia Pacific Index returned +12.2% year-to-date as of March 20th, exceeding its return for similar YTD periods in the ten years since 2003.

 

Within the Index, Thailand (+22.0%), India (+21.6%) and the Philippines (+20.2%) were off to the strongest start in 2012, while Indonesia (+3.6%), Malaysia (+7.3%) and Japan (+9.5%) had the lowest returns year-to-date as of March 20th, 2012.

 

Within the index, the Technology (+16.3%) and Financial Services (+15.4%) sectors have had the strongest performance in 2012, while the Utilities (+2.9%) and Healthcare (+3.4%) sectors have had the lowest returns year-to-date as of March 20th, 2012.

 

"Cyclical sectors are indeed performing well year-to-date in Asia, especially Technology, and this is certainly reflected in the returns for the Russell Asia Pacific Index," said Sarah Lien, Senior Analyst for Russell Investments.

                                                                           

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                                       YTD     YTD     YTD     YTD     YTD 

                                      as of   as of   as of   as of   as of

Russell Index                        3/20/12 3/18/11 3/19/10 3/20/09 3/20/08

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Russell Asia Pacific Index            12.2%   -6.1%    4.0%   -10.5%  -15.4%

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                                       YTD     YTD     YTD     YTD     YTD 

                                      as of   as of   as of   as of   as of

Russell Index                        3/20/07 3/20/06 3/18/05 3/19/04 3/20/03

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Russell Asia Pacific Index             1.8%    5.2%    3.4%    8.5%   -3.7%

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                                       YTD     YTD     YTD     YTD     YTD 

                                      as of   as of   as of   as of   as of

Russell Asia Pacific Index Country   3/20/12 3/18/11 3/19/10 3/20/09 3/20/08

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Australia                             10.1%   -4.0%    3.9%   -5.4%   -16.5%

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China                                 12.7%   -3.5%   -0.9%   -4.1%   -31.9%

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Hong Kong                             16.3%   -5.5%    3.4%   -3.8%   -25.3%

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India                                 21.6%   -13.5%   3.3%   -10.6%  -33.0%

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Indonesia                              3.6%   -2.7%   10.7%   -5.9%   -13.7%

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Japan                                  9.5%   -7.6%    7.6%   -16.2%  -8.6%

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Korea                                 15.0%   -2.5%    1.9%   -5.5%   -20.4%

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Malaysia                               7.3%   -0.1%    6.3%   -6.7%   -13.3%

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New Zealand                           13.0%   -4.2%   -2.1%   -6.5%   -13.4%

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Philippines                           20.2%   -6.0%    8.1%   -2.7%   -21.6%

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Singapore                             18.0%   -7.3%    1.2%   -13.9%  -14.7%

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Taiwan                                16.5%   -7.5%   -3.4%    4.9%    2.3%

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Thailand                              22.0%   -3.0%    9.5%   -6.2%    0.0%

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                                       YTD     YTD     YTD     YTD     YTD 

                                      as of   as of   as of   as of   as of

Russell Asia Pacific Index Country   3/20/07 3/20/06 3/18/05 3/19/04 3/20/03

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Australia                              7.1%    4.7%    7.1%    4.0%    1.5%

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China                                 -5.7%   17.6%    3.5%    0.7%    2.7%

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Hong Kong                             -0.7%    7.6%   -1.6%    6.8%    1.5%

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India                                 -6.8%   18.1%    0.7%   -5.2%   -4.1%

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Indonesia                             -6.8%   23.4%   14.7%    3.8%   -7.9%

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Japan                                  3.1%    4.0%    2.2%    9.4%   -5.4%

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Korea                                 -0.6%    2.7%   12.8%   14.5%   -14.1%

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Malaysia                              12.7%    6.6%   -0.3%   15.9%   -1.9%

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New Zealand                           -0.7%   -4.7%    4.0%    0.6%    3.9%

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Philippines                            2.2%    9.5%   16.5%   -3.3%   -0.5%

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Singapore                              6.4%   10.8%    4.7%    5.2%   -1.5%

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Taiwan                                -3.3%    1.0%   -0.1%   17.1%    2.7%

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Thailand                               9.7%    7.7%    7.7%   -12.6%   4.4%

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                                       YTD     YTD     YTD     YTD     YTD 

                                      as of   as of   as of   as of   as of

Russell Asia Pacific Index Sector    3/20/12 3/18/11 3/19/10 3/20/09 3/20/08

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Consumer Discretionary                12.6%   -6.1%    3.7%   -8.7%   -13.8%

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Consumer Staples                       5.7%   -7.1%    3.9%   -15.5%  -8.5%

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Energy                                13.8%   -0.1%    1.0%   -4.4%   -24.8%

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Financial Services                    15.4%   -6.5%    2.5%   -13.1%  -17.4%

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Healthcare                             3.4%   -7.4%    4.6%   -19.8%  -9.7%

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Materials & Processing                10.6%   -4.6%    3.7%   -3.2%   -19.2%

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Producer Durables                     13.1%   -7.2%    8.0%   -10.8%  -11.5%

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Technology                            16.3%   -7.4%    4.0%   -2.0%   -12.7%

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Utilities                              2.9%   -7.1%    5.3%   -17.3%  -13.3%

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                                       YTD     YTD     YTD     YTD     YTD 

                                      as of   as of   as of   as of   as of

Russell Asia Pacific Index Sector    3/20/07 3/20/06 3/18/05 3/19/04 3/20/03

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Consumer Discretionary                 0.0%    3.5%    0.8%    8.0%   -6.2%

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Consumer Staples                      -0.8%   11.4%    5.4%    9.3%   -0.6%

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Energy                                -3.4%   10.6%   14.7%    5.1%   -4.7%

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Financial Services                    -0.6%    4.3%    3.1%   12.5%   -5.5%

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Healthcare                            -2.1%    8.9%    0.4%    6.4%   -7.0%

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Materials & Processing                 6.1%    8.7%    7.3%    5.9%   -0.8%

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Producer Durables                      5.2%    5.6%    4.6%    7.6%   -2.3%

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Technology                             0.1%    0.2%    1.2%   11.8%   -3.3%

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Utilities                              4.7%    5.0%    1.5%    2.9%   -1.6%

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Technology (+16.3%) and Financial Services (+15.4%) sectors have had the strongest performance in 2012, while the Utilities (+2.9%) and Healthcare (+3.4%) sectors have had the lowest returns year-to-date as of March 20th, 2012.

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