Friday, April 13th, 2012 - Russell Global Index
SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire) - The Russell Asia Pacific Defensive Index returned 0.4% for the month-to-date as of April 9th, outperforming the Russell Asia Pacific Dynamic Index which returned (-0.4%) for the same time period. This reverses the trend for the first quarter, in which the Russell Asia Pacific Dynamic Index returned 11.6% versus its Defensive counterpart which returned 6.7%.

In the first quarter of 2012, Thailand (+18.7%) and the Philippines (+18.0%) led country returns within the Russell Asia Pacific Index with Indonesia (+3.6%) and Malaysia (+5.9%) at the bottom for quarterly performance. For the month-to-date through April 9th, China (+2.8%) and Indonesia (+2.3%) led country returns within the Index, while Taiwan (-2.3%) and Japan (-1.8%) were at the bottom.

Leading sectors within the Russell Asia Pacific Index have also shifted from the first quarter to the month-to-date through April 9th, with the Technology (14.6%), Financial Services (11.1%) and Consumer Discretionary (11.1%) sectors, which led in the first quarter, giving way to the Utilities (1.1%), Consumer Staples (0.9%) and Energy (0.7%) sectors leading within the Index thus far in April.

"The defensive rally thus far in the second quarter, highlighted by the Utilities and Consumer Staples sectors outperformance, marks a departure from the cyclical outperformance of the first quarter," said Sarah Lien, Asia-based research analyst for Russell Investments. "Thailand and the Philippines continue to be strong markets year-to-date, though these smaller markets have ceded leadership to Chinese stocks in China and Hong Kong in the second quarter."

Russell Asia Pacific Index Returns

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                                                         April 2012 Returns

Index                           First Qtr 2012 Returns        (4/2-4/9)    

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Russell Asia Pacific Index               9.4%                   -0.1%      

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Russell Asia Pacific Dynamic                                               

Index                                    11.6%                  -0.4%      

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Russell Asia Pacific Defensive                                             

Index                                    6.7%                   0.4%       

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Russell Asia Pacific Index Country Returns

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Russell Asia Pacific Index                               April 2012 Returns

Country                         First Qtr 2012 Returns        (4/2-4/9)    

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Thailand                                 18.7%                  0.3%       

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Philippines                              18.0%                  1.1%       

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India                                    17.9%                  0.5%       

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Singapore                                15.7%                  0.0%       

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Taiwan                                   13.0%                  -2.3%       

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New Zealand                              11.3%                  0.9%       

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Hong Kong                                10.6%                  2.0%       

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Korea                                    10.3%                  1.3%       

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China                                    8.4%                   2.8%       

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Japan                                    7.9%                   -1.8%       

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Australia                                7.5%                   1.0%       

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Malaysia                                 5.9%                   1.4%       

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Indonesia                                3.6%                   2.3%       

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Russell Asia Pacific Index Sector Returns

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Russell Asia Pacific Index        First Quarter 2012     April 2012 Returns

Sector                                  Returns               (4/2-4/9)    

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Technology                               14.6%                 -0.05%      

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Financial Services                       11.1%                  0.3%       

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Consumer Discretionary                   11.1%                  0.0%       

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Producer Durables                        9.6%                   -1.1%      

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Energy                                   8.7%                   0.7%       

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Materials & Processing                   6.7%                   -1.2%      

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Consumer Staples                         6.4%                   0.9%       

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Healthcare                               4.1%                   -0.3%      

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Utilities                                1.8%                   1.1%       

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