Friday, April 20th, 2012

The Russell Asia Pacific Index Returned 10.3% for the Year-to-Date as of April 16th

 

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - April 18, 2012) - Within the Index, the Philippines (+21.8%) led all individual country returns for this time period, followed by Thailand, Singapore and India. Indonesia (+5.8%) had the lowest return for this time period, followed by Japan and Malaysia.

 

Within the Index, Technology (+14.2%) led all sectors for this time period, followed by the Financial Services and Consumer Discretionary sectors. The Utilities sector (+4.0%) had the lowest return for this time period, followed by the Healthcare and Materials & Processing sectors.

 

"What's most interesting to observe is not what is leading equity markets, but what is performing worst. Japan and Indonesia were among the strongest Asian markets in 2011, but have not kept pace with other markets in the region this year," said Sarah Lien, Asia-based research analyst for Russell Investments. "Likewise, defensive stocks in the Healthcare and Utilities sectors have lagged cyclical areas, namely Technology, year-to-date in 2012."

 

                     Russell Asia Pacific Index Returns                    

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Index                                      2012 YTD Returns as of 4/16/12  

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Russell Asia Pacific Index                              10.3%              

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                 Russell Asia Pacific Index Country Returns                

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Russell Asia Pacific Index Country         2012 YTD Returns as of 4/16/12  

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Philippines                                             21.8%              

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Thailand                                                19.5%              

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Singapore                                               18.7%              

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India                                                   17.5%              

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Taiwan                                                  13.2%              

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China                                                   13.0%               

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Hong Kong                                               13.0%              

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New Zealand                                             12.9%              

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Korea                                                   12.4%              

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Australia                                               9.3%               

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Malaysia                                                8.7%                

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Japan                                                   6.7%               

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Indonesia                                               5.9%               

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                  Russell Asia Pacific Index Sector Returns                

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Russell Asia Pacific Index Sector          2012 YTD Returns as of 4/16/12  

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Technology                                              14.2%              

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Financial Services                                      13.1%              

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Consumer Discretionary                                  11.8%               

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Energy                                                  9.8%               

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Producer Durables                                       9.4%               

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Consumer Staples                                        9.2%               

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Materials & Processing                                  6.4%               

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Healthcare                                              4.8%                

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Utilities                                               4.0%               

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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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