Russell Index - Explained
What is the Russell Index?
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What are the Russell indexes?
The Russell indices is a publication of the Frank Russell company which provides a list of US companies based on the value of their equity traded on the capital markets. It includes:
- Russell 3000 Index
- Russell 2500 index
- Russell 2000 Index
- Russell 1000 Index
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How Doe the Russell Indices Work?
The Russell 2000 index shows the performance of the 3000 biggest US corporations whose market capitalization falls within $170 million to $200 billion. This category accounts for 98 percent of the U.S equity market. The Russell 2500 index shows the performance the 2500 smallest companies in the US with a mean capitalization of $733 million. This figure accounts for 23 parent of the equity market. The Russell 2000 index shows the performance of the 2000 smallest U.S. companies with an average capitalization of $467 million. This represents 10 percent of the local equity market. The Russell 1000 index measures the performance of stocks of the top 1000 firms on the Russell 3000 index, amounting to an average of $7.6 billion in capitalization and 90 percent of the local equity market. Russell Top 200 Index analyzes the performance of the largest 200 companies in the Russell 3000 index, with an average capitalization of $2.4 billion and 65 percent of the equity market. Russell Midcap Index assesses the performance of the 800 smallest companies on the Russell 3000 index which accounts for $2.9 billion capitalization and 35 percent of the equity market.