Wilshire US Small Cap Value Index

Definition

The term Wilshire US Small Cap Value Index refers to a composite that includes small capitalization companies located in the United States that also exhibit value characteristics.  The Wilshire US Small Cap Value is published and maintained by Wilshire Associates.

Explanation

The Wilshire US Small Cap Index consists of 1,750 companies contained in the Wilshire 5000 that rank between 751 and 2,500 in terms of market capitalization.  The index is a composite of securities (primary equity, common stock, REIT, or Limited Partnership) that have a primary market listing in the United States.  The Wilshire US Small Cap Value Index is a subset of those securities appearing in the Wilshire US Small Cap Index.  At the time of writing, there were 785 companies in this index.  The securities placed in the index exhibit value characteristics as determined by their projected price-to-earnings ratio, projected earnings growth, price-to-book ratio, dividend yield, trailing revenue growth, and trailing earnings growth.

First published in 1996, the index is rebalanced every six months. The Wilshire US Small Cap Value is a float-adjusted, market capitalization-weighted index.  The performance of this index can be monitored via the stock ticker symbol W5KSCV.

Related Terms

Wilshire 2500, Wilshire 2500 Growth, Wilshire US Small Cap Growth, Wilshire US Micro Cap