Furthermore, the upbeat pace in U.S. small-caps are attracting foreign investors as well. According to the CME Group, there is growing interest among global investors for U.S. small-cap exposure, especially with volume coming from Europe, Asia-Pacific and Latin America regions in addition to North America.
“Small-cap companies on average are less exposed to foreign markets and currency fluctuations than larger companies,” said BlackRock. “The U.S. dollar has rallied more than 5% against a basket of foreign currencies since April. This has led to relative foreign currency weakness that has eroded large-cap companies’ overseas profits, resulting in lower earnings and equity valuations. In contrast, small companies enjoyed lower input costs for imported raw materials due as the U.S. dollar has strengthened.”
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