Will value resurgence drive a Santa Claus rally? Insights from global index provider FTSE Russell

US equity markets have continued their Q4 surge, with market watchers hoping for a traditional Santa Claus rally as we approach the end of a tumultuous year. Although, one untraditional factor, value stocks, has played a more influential role in the recent market rise.

According to global index provider FTSE Russell, long forgotten value stocks have led the recent rise for US large- and small-cap stocks, with a nearly 15% return for the Russell 1000® ValueTM Index and a 32% rise for the Russell 2000® ValueTM Index for the fourth quarter through December 18 US market close.

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