U.S. small-cap equities on the Russell 2000 Index rallied to 604.87 by the market close of Aug. 25, up from the near 52-week low of 595.59 the previous day. The Aug. 24 close was only 40 points higher than the September 2, 2009 low of 555.83.
Consumer staples and utilities have been the best performing sectors on the Russell 2000 year-to-date, returning 0.67% and 0.11% respectively. The utilities sector is the only sector on the index that showed positive returns for the quarter at 3.18%. Energy, meanwhile, has been the worst-performing sector YTD, down almost 13% through Aug. 24.