Russell 2000 Index

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Russell 2000
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Index between 1978–2012
Foundation 1984 (1984)
Operator FTSE Russell
Exchanges New York Stock Exchange
NASDAQ
OTC Markets Group
Constituents 1,946
Type Small-cap
Weighting method Free-float capitalization-weighted
Related indices Russell 3000
Website www.ftse.com/products/indices/russell-us

The Russell 2000 Index is a small-cap stock market index of the bottom 2,000 stocks in the Russell 3000 Index. The index is maintained by FTSE Russell, a subsidiary of the London Stock Exchange Group.

The Russell 2000 is by far the most common benchmark for mutual funds that identify themselves as "small-cap", while the S&P 500 index is used primarily for large capitalization stocks. It is the most widely quoted measure of the overall performance of the small-cap to mid-cap company shares. The index represents approximately 8% of the total market capitalization of the Russell 3000 Index. As of 31 March 2017, the weighted average market capitalization for a company in the index is around $2.3 billion; the median market cap is $809 million. The market cap of the largest company in the index is almost $13.3 billion. Its first trades above the 1,000 level occurred May 21–22, 2013.

Similar small-cap indices include the S&P 600 from Standard & Poor's, which is less commonly used, along with those from other financial information providers.

The ticker symbol on most systems is ^RUT.

Record values[edit]

Category All-Time Highs
Closing 1,419.43 Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Intraday 1,425.70 Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Annual returns[edit]

Year Price return Total return
1995 26.21% 28.45%
1996 14.76% 16.49%
1997 20.52% 22.36%
1998 −3.45% –2.55%
1999 19.62% 21.26%
2000 −4.20% –3.02%
2001 1.03% 2.49%
2002 −21.58% –20.48%
2003 45.37% 47.25%
2004 17.00% 18.33%
2005 3.32% 4.55%
2006 17.00% 18.37%
2007 −2.75% –1.57%
2008 −34.80% –33.79%
2009 25.22% 27.17%
2010 25.31% 26.85%
2011 −5.45% –4.18%
2012 14.63% 16.35%
2013 37.00% 38.82%
2014 3.53% 4.89%
2015 −5.71% –4.41%
2016 19.48% 21.31%

Investing[edit]

Many fund companies offer mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that attempt to replicate the performance of the Russell 2000. Their results will be affected by stock selection, trading expenses, and market impact of reacting to changes in the constituent companies of the index. Note that it is not possible to invest directly in an index.

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