Small cap sprint continues for US equities

After a Q4 sprint that puts US small-cap stocks virtually even with US large-cap stocks for 2020 in terms of full-year performance (a 21% rise for the US large-cap Russell 1000® Index relative to a 20% rise for the US small-cap Russell 2000® Index), this asset class continues to rise in the early days of 2021.

The Russell 2000 was up nearly 6% year-to-date as of Friday, January 8, relative to a 2.1% rise for the Russell 1000. Top sector drivers for the Index thus far in 2021 include Energy (+23.7%), Basic Materials (+8.2%), Utilities and Industrials (+6.4% each).

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