Russell 3000 Index Trading Systems
Russell 3000 Components and Stocks Listing
The components of the Russell 3000 Index account for roughly 98% of the total value of all equity traded on U.S. exchanges, making this a very broad index indeed. The index is market-cap weighted, so the largest firms have the biggest impact on the index's value.
The professional money management industry has demonstrated support for the Russell 3000 Index as one of the benchmarks for large cap U.S. stocks. Its objective criteria and regular reconstitution (annually in June) have moved some money managers away from their reliance on the better known, but more subjective and less inclusive, S&P 500. The growing professional endorsement of the index has also translated into important institutional participation in the Russell 3000 futures and options markets. In addition, major market makers have maintained a consistent presence in the trading ring, allowing the market to post competitive bid/offer spreads. NYSE's recent commencement of off-floor block trading for the Russell 3000 futures and options contracts, as well as in the NYSE Composite contracts is a further indication of the value of these contracts to the institutional user.
Using a rules-based and transparent process, Russell forms its indexes by listing all companies in descending order by market capitalization adjusted for float, which is the actual number of shares available for trading. In the United States, the top 3,000 stocks (those of the 3,000 largest companies) make up the broad-market Russell 3000 Index. The top 1,000 of those companies make up the large-cap Russell 1000® Index, and the bottom 2,000 (the smallest companies) make up the small-cap Russell 2000 Index.
Russell 3000 Index Component Stocks
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Russell 3000 Derivatives & Commodity Futures
Professional managers, investors and analysts offer very positive assessments of the role and value of the Russell 3000 Index and its derivative counterpart. On a February 7, 2001, NYBOT Live on the Web program ("Using Derivatives in Market Analysis"), Sabrina Callin, Vice President of PIMCO, expressed support for the Russell 3000 as the preferred U.S. large cap benchmark and satisfaction with the Russell 3000 futures market. She stated that it demonstrated "very attractive liquidity."