Russell 2000 Index

An index measuring the performance of around 2,000 smaller companies in the Russell 3000 Index, which is made up of 3,000 of the biggest US stocks. Because it reps the “little” guys (who actually aren’t so little: the average market capitalization for Russell 2000 companies is between $300 million and $2 billion), the Russell 2000 serves as a benchmark for small, or “small-cap,” stocks in the United States.

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