Saturday, May 12th, 2012

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - May 11, 2012) - The Russell Asia Pacific Index returned +7.3% for the year-to-date as of May 7th, with equal performance to the Russell Asia Pacific Dynamic Index (+7.3%) and the Russell Asia Pacific Defensive Index (+7.3%) for the same time period.

Year-to-date performance tells a different story from the first quarter of 2012, in which the Russell Asia Pacific Index returned +9.4%, with the Russell Asia Pacific Dynamic Index (+11.6%) outperforming the Russell Asia Pacific Defensive Index (+6.7%).

"The market seems to have shifted towards more of a risk-off mode as reflected by recent Russell Asia-Pacific Index returns," said Sarah Lien, Asia-based senior research analyst for Russell Investments. "Dynamic stocks have pulled back quite a bit relative to Defensive stocks when comparing first quarter to 2012 YTD performance. Despite the signs pointing to a risk-off environment, the spread between Dynamic and Defensive stocks is currently non-existent, and it is unclear how the rest of the year will unfold given that factor trends have not been persistent."

Russell Asia Pacific Index Returns


                                                                 2012 YTD  

                                               First Qtr 2012     Returns  

Index                                              Returns      (as of 5/7)


Russell Asia Pacific Index                          9.4%           7.3%    


Russell Asia Pacific Dynamic Index                  11.6%          7.3%    


Russell Asia Pacific Defensive Index                6.7%           7.3%    


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