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Market Commentary  19236
April, 2015 Data:

Part 1: SUMMARY RETURNS & RANK
Last Month                                 -2.6%        Rank: 22 out of 23
Last Year  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  8.3%        Rank: 15 out of 23
Last 5 Years                              70.3%       Rank: 11 out of 23
Last 10 Years . . . . . . . . . . . .   110.6%       Rank: 7 out of 23

Returns for the Russell 2000 Stock Index is shown above for four time periods.
For example: the change in the Russell 2000 Index was -2.6% in the last month.
With that return, the Russell 2000 Index was ranked 22nd out of the 23 indexes
reviewed in this site for that time period. Dividends are not included.



Part 2: HISTORICAL HIGHLIGHTS
The performance ranking of the Russell 2000 Index relative to the other 23
stock indexes covered in this site is detailed below. Four different time periods
are reviewed. The Russell 2000 Stock Index is compared to foreign and
domestic, large cap and small cap indexes. Each paragraph identifies the top
and bottom performers as well as the average and median market performance
for the indexes during in each time period.

Last Month:
During April of 2015, the Russell 2000 had a rank of 22 with a return of -2.61%.
The top ranked index during April was the Hang Seng Index, with a return of
12.98%. The worst performing index during that period was the DAX Stock Index
with a return of -4.28%.
The median return for all stock market indexes during April was 0.61%. The
average return for the indexes during the month was 0.88%.

Last Year:
During the last 12 months, the Russell 2000 had a rank of 15 with a return of
8%. The top ranked index during the last year was the Nikkei 225 Index, with a
return of 36%. The worst performing index during that period was the S&P
Global Index with a return of -1%.
The median return for the indexes during this period was 10%. The average
return for all stock market indexes over the year was 11%.

Last 5 Years:
Over the 5 years ended April of 2015,  the Russell 2000 had a rank of 11 with a
return of 70%. The top ranked index during the 5 year period was the NASDAQ
100 Index, with a return of 121%. The worst performing index during that period
was the Straits Times Stock Index with a return of 17%.
The median return for all stock market indexes during this time period was 70%.
The average return for the indexes over the 5 years was 61%.

Last 10 Years:
During the 10 years ended April of 2015, the Russell 2000 had a rank of 7 with
a return of 111%. The top ranked index during the period was the Mexico IPC
Index, with a return of 261%. The worst performing index during the 10 year
time period was the CAC 40 Index with a return of 24%.
The median return for the indexes during the last 10 years was 87%. The
average return for all stock market indexes over that time frame was 98%.

All calculations are based on the monthly market close for each index, excluding
dividends.
























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Russell 2000 Index: Annual Returns
Year
Percent
Year
Percent
Year
Percent
Year
Percent
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
22.4
14.2
-21.5
43.7
16.4
17.0
-3.2
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001
26.2
14.8
20.5
-3.4
19.6
-4.2
1.0
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
-21.6
45.4
17.0
3.3
17.0
-2.7
-34.8
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
25.2
25.3
-5.5
14.6
37.0
3.5
The annual gain or loss in the Russell 2000 index from 1988 to present.
Dividends are not included.
Russell 2000 Stock Index - 19 Year Graph
Russell 2000 Stock Market Index Historical Graph
The above graph plots the monthly close for the Russell 2000 Stock Index. Updated Thursday, May
28, 2015. Click the links below for the forecast and other links related to this stock index.
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10 Year Chart - Russell 2000 Stock Index
23 Year Graph - Russell 2000 Index
Stock Market Performance Ranking: Russell 2000 Index
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2015
'20
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