Russell 2000 Index

Russell indexes have been developed by the Frank Russell Company and the New York Futures Exchange (NYFE), to measure U.S. market segments and were introduced to the market in1984.

Russell 3000 index is the main U.S. index from the Russell series. This index is divided into several well known sub indexes, such as small-cap Russell 2000 index and large-cap Russell 1000 index.

The Russell 3000 index is compiled by the Tacoma, Washington-based Russell Investment Group by listing all traded U.S. companies in descending order by market capitalization and selecting top 3000 largest companies. The top 1000 of the largest companies from the Russell 3000 index make up Russell 1000 index and 2000 smallest companies from the Russell 3000 index make up Russell 2000 index. The list of the stocks representing Russell indexes is updated on a quarterly basis.

Russell indexes has been used by analysis in the technical analysis to predict future price movements of the ETFs that track Russell indexes.

The Russell 2000 index is one of the most popular indexes from the Russell group. With the introduction of the exchange traded funds, the Russell 2000 started to attract more and more retail and institutional investors. The speculators have been attracted to the more risky Russell 2000 e-mini futures which are considered as one of the most traded (together with S&P 500 e-mini) index futures on the commodities market.

The Russell 2000 E-mini contract is one-fifth of its standard counterpart. The same, e-mini Russell 1000 futures are one-fifth the size of a full Russell 1000 futures contracts. The e-mini Russell 2000 and e-mini Russell 1000 are traded on the CME (Chicago Mercantile Exchange) electronic trading system.

The e-mini Russell futures contracts are an affordable way to trade the Russell 2000 and Russell 1000 Indexes.

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