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Index IDEA: Russell reconstitution highlights US equity surge since election

US equities, as reflected by the US large-cap Russell 1000® Index and the US small-cap Russell 2000® Index, have risen +21.7% and +27.6% from the completion of the 2016 Russell US indexes reconstitution through Monday, June 12. Yet the lion’s share of these index returns – +15.1% and +19.7%, respectively, have come in the period since the US presidential election on November 8 of last year.

Mat Lystra, Senior Index Research Analyst, FTSE Russell:

“It was a tale of two markets this year in US equities as reflected by the Russell US Indexes. The market exhibited strong growth in the past year, yet the majority of this growth has come from the ‘Trump Bump’ following the US presidential election.”

Steven DeSanctis, SMID Cap Strategist, Jefferies & Co.:

“It looks like we could be in for another style shift, as value stocks have recently made a comeback compared to growth stocks. However, [small cap] growth stocks still tend to trade at lower price-to-earnings multiples [relative to their historical average] than [small cap] value stocks while [tending to deliver higher] relative earnings growth than their value counterparts. With that said, buckle up because the ride could be bumpy.  As for the Russell US Indexes reconstitution, we have the largest stock in the Russell 2000 Index at $4.56 billion market cap as of the end of May with small caps seeing an increase in weight from groups that have lagged since the election, mainly Energy. Also, a number of companies that have emerged from bankruptcy will be added back to the Russell 2000.”


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