Standard & Poor's Announces Changes to U.S. Indices

NEW YORK, July 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Standard & Poor's will make the
following changes to the S&P 500, S&P SmallCap 600, and S&P REIT Composite
indices: 


    * Akamai Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq: AKAM) will replace Biomet Inc.
      (Nasdaq: BMET) in the S&P 500 after the close of trading on Wednesday,
      July 11.  Biomet is being acquired by a private equity consortium in a
      tender offer scheduled to expire on or about that date, pending final
      approvals.
    * NATCO Group Inc. (NYSE: NTG) will replace Genesis Healthcare Corp.
      (Nasdaq: GHCI) in the S&P SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on a
      date to be announced.  Genesis Healthcare is being acquired by a joint
      venture between affiliates of Formation Capital LLC and JER Partners in
      a deal still pending final approvals.
    * Winthrop Realty Trust Inc. (NYSE: FUR) will replace Highland Hospitality
      Corp. (NYSE: HIH) in the S&P REIT Composite after the close of trading
      on a date to be announced.  Highland Hospitality is being acquired by
      affiliates of JER Partners Acquisitions IV LLC in a deal still pending
      final approvals.


Standard & Poor's will monitor these transactions, and post any relevant
updates on its website: www.standardandpoors.com. 
Akamai provides services for accelerating and improving the delivery of
content and applications over the Internet.  Headquartered in Cambridge, MA,
the company will be added to the S&P 500 GICS (Global Industry Classification
Standard) Internet Software & Services Sub-Industry index. 
NATCO Group engages in the design, manufacture, and marketing of oil and
gas production equipment and systems. Headquartered in Houston, TX, the
company will be added to the S&P SmallCap 600 GICS Oil & Gas Equipment &
Services Sub-Industry index. 
Winthrop is a REIT that engages in the ownership and management of real
property and real estate-related assets.  Headquartered in Boston, MA, the
company will be added to the S&P REIT Composite Diversified REITs sub-industry. 


    Following is a summary of the changes:
                          S&P 500 INDEX - July 11, 2007
                  COMPANY        GICS ECONOMIC SECTOR    GICS SUB-INDUSTRY
      ADDED        Akamai       Information Technology  Internet Software &
                Technologies                                  Services
     DELETED       Biomet            Health Care       Health Care Equipment
                     S&P SMALLCAP 600 INDEX - To Be Announced
                  COMPANY        GICS ECONOMIC SECTOR    GICS SUB-INDUSTRY
      ADDED     NATCO Group             Energy         Oil & Gas Equipment &
                                                              Services
     DELETED Genesis Healthcare      Health Care       Health Care Facilities
                      S&P REIT COMPOSITE - To Be Announced
                  COMPANY        GICS ECONOMIC SECTOR    GICS SUB-INDUSTRY
      ADDED   Winthrop Realty         Financials         Diversified REITs
                   Trust
     DELETED      Highland            Financials         Specialized REITs
                Hospitality


Additions to and deletions from an S&P equity index do not in any way
reflect an opinion on the investment merits of the companies concerned. 
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    For more information contact:
    David M. Blitzer, Ph.D.
    Managing Director & Chairman of the Index Committee
    (212) 438-3907




SOURCE  Standard & Poor's 
CONTACT:
David M. Blitzer, Ph.D. Managing Director & Chairman of the Index Committee 
(212) 438-3907
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