Russell 2000

The Russell 2000 index is a barometer of how well small publicly traded companies are doing in the U.S. economy. The index is operated by Russell Investments and comprises 2,000 stocks listed on U.S. stock exchanges. The majority of stocks are small-caps, but the index also comprises some companies that have grown larger in size. The average weighted market-cap is $1.59 billion.


If you have been holding small-cap growth stocks over the past several weeks, you have probably noticed that many of these higher beta stocks are being dumped indiscriminately. If you don’t actively monitor your portfolio, you’d better begin, as there…

Going back to the lackluster corporate earnings from early reporters that I talked about in my last article, today, I’m taking a closer look at NIKE, Inc. (NKE), which appears to be outperforming the market so far in 2015. Current…

Similar to the trading action in the first half of last year, the stock market seemingly continues with its identity crisis. While it’s perfectly reasonable for stocks to sell off on any inkling of a change in monetary policy, what’s…

Here we go again. Just when the stock market is moving lower and forecasting a potential correction, we see buying emerging, driving the bears back to the woods. The reality is that I was looking for the S&P 500 to…

Now that the Dow Jones Industrial Average has fallen 1,035 points (six percent) from its mid-September peak, the question investors are asking is “how far will she go?” For small-cap investors, the drama is greater, as the Russell 2000 Index…

According to the Investment Company Institute, assets in institutional money market funds increased $17.19 billion to $1.69 trillion for the week ended on September 24, 2014. This was the biggest weekly increase in these money market funds in the last…

With nine months behind us this year, today we look at how two popular forms of investment have done in 2014 and where I think they are headed for the remainder of the year. Starting with stocks, the Dow Jones…

According to the Investment Company Institute, investors have been taking money out of U.S. equity funds since April of this year. Between April and July of 2014, investors pulled $32.0 billion from long-term stock market mutual funds that invest in…

The stock market has an underlying strength to it, seemingly only to be undone by geopolitical events. Fed action always has the potential to shock the system. Negative economic news isn’t fazing this market. On the back of a pretty…

Biotechnology stocks and the Russell 2000 began rolling over at the beginning of July, followed by transportation stocks at the end of the month. It’s definitely a signal that the stock market is tired, but after such a strong breakout…

In sports, teams usually require strength from both the offensive and defensive players on a team. Without consideration for one or the other, it makes winning more difficult. In hockey, for instance, you can form a highly offensive team that…

Healthy second-quarter results from technology and banks are helping to drive buying in stocks. On Tuesday, the S&P 500 traded at an intraday record and is again looking toward 2,000, while the blue-chip DOW is edging toward another record. While…

Dear reader, yesterday we got the news that the U.S. economy “unexpectedly” contracted by one percent in the first three months of this year. This is the first time since the first quarter of 2011 that the U.S. experienced negative…

A lot of stocks are rolling over, breaking their 50- and 200-day simple moving averages (MAs). This is a tired market that could very well consolidate or correct right into the fourth quarter. And the economic data has been softer,…

Did you see this story in the Wall Street Journal last Friday? “Retirement investors are putting more money into stocks than they have since markets were slammed by the financial crisis six years ago… Stocks accounted for 67% of employees’…