In the U.S., the S&P 500 has been doing great. This index of large-cap stocks is up 19% since the beginning of the year.
The Russell 2000, a benchmark for small-cap stocks, has been doing even better. It’s up 22%.
But the Russell 2000 is nothing compared to the Russell Microcap Growth Index. It’s up 28%.
This latter index consists of tiny companies with a weighted average market cap of $543 million. The average price-to-book value is a high 3.65, but it’s justified by a lofty 10% long-term expected earning per share growth rate.
“The Russell Microcap Growth Index maintains its number one spot for the sixth week in a row amongst the Russell-style indices with a gain of 28.29%,” said Oppenheimer’s John Stoltzfus.
With higher risk comes higher rewards.
Here’s the year-to-date performance of 15 Russell indices via Stoltzfus.
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