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NEW YORK: Metaplatforms will return to its former position as an outright growth stock after financial data provider FTSE Russell completed its annual refresh of stock index constituents on Friday.

The so-called “Russell reconstitution” is important because it forces portfolio managers to act hastily to realign their stock holdings to better match the benchmark, resulting in the highest share trading of the year. It is often one of the active days.

Each year, FTSE Russell reconfigures or updates the components of the entire index, including the small-cap Russell 2000 Index and the large-cap Russell 1000 Index. Together they make up the Russell 3000 index.

There are also style indices such as Russell 1000 Growth and Russell 2000 Value. About $12.1 trillion is currently benchmarked by the Russell U.S. equity index, according to FTSE Russell.

This revamp will require many fund managers to adjust their portfolios to reflect the new weightings and components. The methodical nature of the restructuring process, which began in late April this year, has also created additional demand for buying and selling stocks. Some investors may take advantage of the additional liquidity to take advantage of any resulting price volatility, especially before the reconstitution is completed over the weekend.

Goldman Sachs expects 23 stocks to be added to the Russell 1000, 287 to be included in the Russell 2000, and 163 to be removed from the Russell 3000.

One of the bigger changes this year will be the Facebook owner’s meta-platform, which has surged nearly 70 percent since its restructuring last year. After a short detour caused by last year’s big value shift, it is again deemed 100% growth.

FTSE Russell pre-discloses its inclusion rules and changes from the previous year, so the investment community, for example, is unaware that the meta is a growth stock, even though the annual Russell reconstitution has not yet been finalized. can be expected to be considered FTSE Russell is owned by the London Stock Exchange Group.

Growth stocks are considered expensive by valuation metrics but are expected to grow faster than most companies, while value stocks are considered cheap relative to their peers.

Stocks can partially be included in both growth and value indices based on Russell’s criteria for characteristics such as earnings growth and valuation. Meta is currently worth 84% and is growing 16%, according to Goldman.

“It’s a challenge for portfolio managers because benchmark returns are inherently fixed,” said Bryant Van Cronkite, senior portfolio manager at Allspring Global Investments in Menomonie Falls, Wisconsin.

Van Cronkite said this could be problematic for executives who don’t own meta stocks, as the benchmark will reflect the massive gains the stock has recorded over the past 12 months. rice field. “So from a relative performance standpoint, it’s going to be very difficult when you have that much volatility in individual stocks,” he said.

last-minute frenzy

Companies with greater growth potential include Google’s parent company Alphabet and Salesforce. Among Meta and Alphabet, the telecommunications services sector is expected to gain the most weight in the large-cap growth index.

Catherine Yoshimoto, director of product management at FTSE Russell, posted that the primary reason for the shift in meta and alphabet was “relatively high historical sales growth and medium-term growth projections.”

Walmart, on the other hand, is likely to hold 100% value, while Industrial Goods, Consumer Staples and Energy are expected to show significant growth-to-value moves.

“The growth index is closer to the growth index, and the value index is closer to the cyclical value index,” said Steven DeSanctis, an equity analyst at Jefferies in New York.

“It turned around a little and came back around.”

Given the amount of money benchmarked against the Russell Index and the number of related stocks, reconstitution trading sessions often have very high volumes of trading, many of which occur minutes before the closing bell. During the 2022 reconstitution, the Nasdaq said a record 3.31 billion shares worth $63.8 billion across all Nasdaq-listed stocks traded in 2.04 seconds during the exchange’s “closing cross.”

As such, both the Nasdaq and the New York Stock Exchange are taking emergency measures in the event of unusual market conditions.

But some managers want to avoid a last-minute frenzy before the restructuring is complete, citing potential price volatility.

“This is a move that is not grounded in the underlying fundamentals of the company and a shift in perspective as an active manager,” said Thomas Martin, senior portfolio manager at Globalt Investments in Atlanta. Stated.

“I want to keep my relative weight the same,” he said, adding that this is easier said than done. Metaplatform Growth Regression Index Highlights Russell Annual Update

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