Monday, April 30th, 2012 - Russell Global Index

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire) - The Russell Asia Pacific Index returned +10.3% year-to-date as of April 20, 2012, with performance almost even across small cap and large cap stocks within the index.

This year-to-date performance represents an about face from 2011, where the Russell Asia Pacific Index had negative performance across all cap tiers, with the Russell Asia Pacific Small Cap Index having the worst performance with a (-16.3%) return for the year.

Within the Index, the Philippines (+23.5%) led all individual country returns for this time period, followed by Thailand, Singapore and India. Japan (+6.2%) had the lowest return for this time period, followed by Indonesia and Malaysia.

Within the Index, Financial Services (+13.7%) led all sectors for this time period, followed by the Technology and Consumer Discretionary sectors. The Utilities sector (+3.8%) had the lowest return for this time period, followed by the Healthcare and Materials & Processing sectors.

"It's nice to see that all Asian markets within the Russell Asia Pacific Index are positive year-to-date," said Sarah Lien, Senior Research Analyst for Russell Investments. "While there has been little differentiation across capitalization lines, sector and country dispersion is material. Defensive areas like Utilities and Healthcare are the clear laggards sector-wise; from a country angle, some of the Southeast Asian markets are leading the way."

Russell Asia Pacific Index Returns

                                                                           

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                                      2012 YTD Returns as of               

Russell Index                                 4/20/12          2011 Returns

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Russell Asia Pacific Index                     10.3%              -15.0%   

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Russell Asia Pacific Small Cap Index           10.6%              -16.3%   

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Russell Asia Pacific Large Cap Index           10.3%              -14.8%   

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Russell Asia Pacific Index Country Returns

                                                                           

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                                         2012 YTD Returns as of            

Russell Asia Pacific Index Country               4/20/12        2011 Returns

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Philippines                                       23.5%             2.9%   

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Thailand                                          22.2%             -4.7%  

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Singapore                                         19.1%            -16.4%   

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India                                             17.6%            -37.6%  

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Hong Kong                                         14.4%            -18.5%  

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China                                             13.9%            -20.8%  

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New Zealand                                       13.8%             4.5%   

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Korea                                             11.4%            -11.0%  

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Australia                                         11.1%            -10.2%  

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Taiwan                                            9.8%             -22.2%  

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Malaysia                                          8.2%              0.9%   

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Indonesia                                         6.9%              4.4%   

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Japan                                             6.2%             -12.5%  

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Russell Asia Pacific Index Sector Returns

                                                                           

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                                         2012 YTD Returns as of            

Russell Asia Pacific Index Sector                4/20/12        2011 Returns

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Financial Services                                13.7%            -17.0%  

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Technology                                        12.9%            -20.2%  

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Consumer Discretionary                            11.6%             -9.4%  

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Energy                                            10.7%            -19.2%  

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Producer Durables                                 9.6%             -15.8%  

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Consumer Staples                                  9.0%              3.1%   

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Materials & Processing                            6.4%             -22.0%  

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Healthcare                                        4.1%              -6.8%  

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Utilities                                         3.8%              -7.5%  

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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 benchmark 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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