Russell Indices Incorporate “Uber” Exciting IPOs

June 27, 2019 | Julianna Paterra, CFA, CAIA, Research Analyst

Russell Indices Incorporate Uber Exciting IPOs

It’s that time of year again! The end of June brings longer summer days and the annual Russell index reconstitution. The Russell 1000’s constituent rebalancing this month also brings the inclusion of a few recent high-profile IPOs, most notably Uber, Lyft, Spotify, and Beyond Meat. This means all investors holding a passive allocation to the Russell 1000 will soon hold shares in these companies.

The Russell’s methodology weights constituent allocations based on the free-float market cap, which only includes shares readily available to trade. We show here estimated weightings of these newly IPO’d constituents alongside some well-known peers of similar weights. Notably, Microsoft has overtaken Apple as the largest index constituent. Uber, while likely the largest IPO of 2019, is still dwarfed by these two behemoths and will ultimately not become a massive component of the index’s roughly 1,000 constituents. Similarly, while the top few constituents seem to hold outsized portions of the index, the index’s performance is not dictated solely by them as they are significantly outnumbered by over 900 names which contribute to performance.

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Julianna Paterra, CFA, CAIA
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