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Russell 2000 Index Price Online | RUT Indices Futures Chart

Russell 2000 Index Price Online | RUT Indices Futures ChartRussell 2000 stock index futures price online. Quotes on the chart online. Composition and characteristics of Russell 2000, examples of index ETFs following Russell 2000. Russell 2000 is a US stock index covering about 2,000 of the smallest Russell 3000 companies by capitalization, which includes most of the largest US issuers. Russell 2000 Index is called a barometer showing the state of small-cap companies in the US. The structure of the index is reviewed annually in order to exclude companies with increased capitalization from it. The index is calculated and maintained by FTSE Russell, a subsidiary of the London Stock Exchange (LSE).

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About Russell 2000 Index

Russell 2000 (CME: RUT) is best used as an indicator for small and mid-cap US companies. It includes issuers, regardless of the industry, so the index reflects the situation in the US stock market as a whole.

Russell 2000 index futures are traded on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) from Monday to Saturday.

The Russell 2000 calculation was started by the Frank Russell Company in 1984. By that time, the more global Russell 3000 index already existed, and the new instrument is its derivative. It is made up of the bottom 2/3 of the Russell 3000 companies, if we compare the capitalization, it turns out that the "junior" index corresponds to about 10% of the Russell 3000 capitalization.

The developers of the index stated that the Russell 2000 remains perhaps the only index that adequately reflects the potential of US small-cap companies. According to their research, as of December 31, 2017, the index was used as the basis for 93% of investment products targeted at small cap companies. In 84% of cases, it was used as a benchmark, that is, the index basket was copied in ETFs and other investment products.

The value of the Russell 2000 index to a greater extent depends not on the capitalization of companies from the basket, but on the price of shares and their number in circulation (the number that can be bought on the exchange). This distinguishes Russell 2000 from other indexes.

The index is calculated as the sum of the prices of securities included in it, weighted by the Free-Float indicator.

Despite the fact that the Roussel 2000 index is positioned as a company of small and medium capitalization, among them there are quite large and well-known, including:

  • Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings
  • Acadia Realty Trust
  • Amkor Technology
  • Abercrombie & Fitch Company
  • American Vanguard Corp
  • Briggs & Stratton Corp
  • Groupon
  • Navistar International Corp
  • Radian Group Inc
  • Red Rock Resorts Inc
  • The Rubicon Project Inc
  • Terex Corp
  • Xbiotech Inc
  • Ring Energy Inc
  • Healthcare Realty Trust Inc
  • Vanda Pharmaceuticals
  • Hilltop Holdings Inc
  • Imax Corp
  • Avis Budget Group
  • Skyline Corp
  • Blackline Inc
  • Entercom Communications Corp
  • Aircastle Ltd

Typical daily volatility for RUT over the past 10 years is 25-65 points. During the collapse of the stock markets due to the pandemic, volatility rose to 60-200 points per day.

There is an E-mini Russell 2000 Index Futures. They are assigned the ticker RTY on the CME. The size of such a contract corresponds to the value of the underlying index multiplied by $50.

FTSE Russell has created dozens of derivatives of indices:

Russell 1000 - is an index that includes the securities of 1000 largest American companies in the calculation base. It accounts for 90% of the capitalization of Russell 3000.

Russell 2500 - Built for the smallest 2,500 Russell 3000 companies by capitalization, the median capitalization of each component of the index exceeds $1 billion.

Russell 3000 - is a composite index calculated on the basis of the prices of 3000 US companies, including Russell 2000 and Russell.

Russell 3000 Total Return - is a total return index that has the same calculation base as the previous one, but takes into account dividends paid by issuers of securities.

Russell 1000 Financial Services - is an industry index based on financial services companies.

Russell Top 200 - calculated for the top 200 companies from the Russell 1000.

Russell Top 50 Mega Cap - the structure includes the 50 largest American companies by capitalization.

Russell Midcap - is an index based on the securities of 800 mid-cap issuers, the smallest companies included in Russell. They account for about 30% of its capitalization.

Russell MicroCap - is an index of small cap companies. Its calculation base is based on the 1,000 smallest-cap Russell 2000 issuers and the 1,000 smallest companies listed on US stock exchanges.

There are about 15 ETFs based on the Russell 2000 stock index. The largest and most famous of them are:

iShares Russell 2000 (IWM) – in operation since 2000, 0.19% management fee, over $30 billion in management. Since the ETF copies the index, its stock quotes fall along with the prices of the RUT index.

SPDR Russell 2000 (SPSM) - is a relatively young fund that has been operating since 2013. It is allocated with a small commission, only 0.05% is taken for management.

Vanguard Russell 2000 (VTWO) - the fund began operating in 2010, the management fee is set at 0.15%. The amount of funds transferred to management is approaching a billion dollars.

FTSE Russell has already created dozens of indexes. Historically, the most popular are the Russell 3000 (assessment of the US market as a whole) and Russell 2000 (assessment of the domestic market, small cap companies).

The course of the Russell 2000 index has been and remains a reliable indicator of the state of the US economy.

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