Russell 2000 index surges on declining US inflation By

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NEW YORK – The Index, known for its significant composition of unprofitable biotech companies, has witnessed its most robust performance since November 10, 2022, buoyed by a downturn in US inflation rates. Today, the index saw an approximate 4.5% increase, surpassing the gains of the S&P indices, which rose by only 2%.

Investment professionals are taking note of the shift in market dynamics. Amy Zhang of Fred Alger Management’s Small Cap fund has pinpointed this period as a prime opportunity for investing in small-cap stocks.

Despite the positive uptick in the Russell 2000’s performance, there remains skepticism about the longevity of this rally. Cameron Dawson from Newedge Wealth casts doubt on the rally’s sustainability due to over 30% of the stocks within the Russell 2000 being unprofitable, coupled with looming recession risks.

In light of these concerns, analysts at Bank of America maintain an optimistic outlook for the index. They forecast a 12% annualized price return over the coming decade for the Russell 2000, even as worries persist about economic slowdowns, persistent inflationary pressures, and potential continued interest rate hikes by the Federal Reserve.

Market participants are closely monitoring these developments as they reassess their investment strategies amidst a changing economic landscape.

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