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Russell Indexes: Asia Outperformed Europe, Underperformed US in First Half 2012; All Global Regions Positive


July 4, 2012 - SEATTLE, WA

The Russell Developed Asia Pacific Index returned +4.6% in the first half of 2012, relative to a +3.4% return for the Russell Developed Europe Index and a +9.3% return for the Russell 1000® Index of U.S. large cap stocks.

The Philippines was the top performing country within the Russell Asia Pacific Index for the first half of 2012 with a return of 26.8%, followed by Thailand (+17.1%) and Singapore (+15.3%). Indonesia had the worst performance within the Index in the first half at (-1.0%), followed by China (+3.0%) and Japan (+3.1%).

Within the Russell Asia Pacific Index, the Financial Services sector led the first half, with a +10.7% return, followed by the Consumer Staples (+8.8%) and Health Care (+8.2%) sectors. The Materials & Processing sector was at the bottom of the Russell Asia Pacific Index in the first half at (-5.1%).




Russell Global Indexes - First Half 2012 Regional
Performance

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First Half 2012
Russell Index (a/o Friday, June 29th)
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Russell Global Index 6.1%
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Russell Asia Pacific Index 4.6%
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Russell Developed Europe Index 3.4%
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Russell 1000 Index 9.3%
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Russell Asia Pacific Index - First Half 2012 Country
Performance

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First Half 2012
Russell Asia Pacific Index Country (a/o Friday, June 29th)
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Philippines 26.8%
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Thailand 17.1%
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Singapore 15.3%
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New Zealand 8.9%
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India 8.6%
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Hong Kong 6.9%
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Malaysia 5.6%
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Taiwan 5.1%
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Korea 4.4%
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Australia 3.5%
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Japan 3.1%
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China 3.0%
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Indonesia -1.0%
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Russell Asia Pacific Index - First Half 2012 Sector
Performance

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First Half 2012
Russell Asia Pacific Index Sector (a/o Friday, June 29th)
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Financial Services 10.7%
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Consumer Staples 8.8%
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Health Care 8.2%
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Consumer Discretionary 5.3%
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Technology 4.1%
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Utilities 3.9%
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Producer Durables 2.1%
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Energy -2.6%
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Materials & Processing -5.1%
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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

Disclaimer: http://www.russell.com/indexes/about/index_alerts.asp#disclaimer

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