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



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

  PR Newswire

  NEW YORK, Jan. 14

NEW YORK, Jan. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Standard & Poor's will make the following
changes to the S&P MidCap 400 and S&P SmallCap 600 indices:

    --  S&P SmallCap 600 constituent Landstar System Inc. (Nasdaq: LSTR)
        will replace Pacific Sunwear of California Inc. (Nasdaq: PSUN)  in the
        S&P MidCap 400, and American Science and Engineering Inc. (Nasdaq:
        ASEI) will replace Landstar System in the S&P SmallCap 600, after
        the close of trading on Friday, January 16.  On the same date, S&P
        SmallCap 600 constituent Immucor Inc. (Nasdaq: BLUD) will replace
        Furniture Brands International Inc. (NYSE: FBN) in the S&P MidCap
        400, and AeroVironment Inc. (Nasdaq: AVAV) will replace Immucor in the
        S&P SmallCap 600. As of today's close of trading, Pacific
        Sunwear and Furniture Brands had market capitalizations of approximately
        $74 million and $109 million respectively, whereas the minimum market
        capitalization needed for admission to the S&P MidCap 400 index is
        currently $750 million.
    --  Bio-Reference Laboratories Inc. (Nasdaq: BRLI) will replace Mentor
        Corp. (NYSE: MNT) in the S&P SmallCap 600 after the close of trading
        on a date to be announced. S&P 100 & 500 constituent Johnson
        & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) is acquiring Mentor in a transaction expected
        to be completed soon, pending final approvals.

Standard & Poor's will monitor these transactions, and post any relevant
updates on its website: www.standardandpoors.com.

Landstar System is a provider of transportation capacity and logistics
services. Headquartered in Jacksonville, FL, the company will be added to the
S&P MidCap 400 GICS (Global Industry Classification Standard) Trucking
Sub-Industry index.

American Science and Engineering develops, manufactures, markets, and sells
X-ray and other inspection equipment. Headquartered in Billerica, MA, the
company will be added to the S&P SmallCap 600 GICS Aerospace & Defense
Sub-Industry index.

Immucor provides automated instrument-reagent systems to the blood transfusion
industry. Headquartered in Norcross, GA, the company will be added to the S&P
MidCap 400 GICS Health Care Supplies Sub-Industry index.

AeroVironment designs, develops, produces and supports a portfolio of small
unmanned aircraft systems, and fast-charge systems for electric industrial
vehicle batteries. Headquartered in Monrovia, CA, the company will be added to
the S&P SmallCap 600 GICS Aerospace & Defense Sub-Industry index.

Bio-Reference Laboratories is an independent regional clinical laboratory.
Headquartered in Elmwood Park, NJ, the company will be added to the S&P
SmallCap 600 GICS Health Care Services Sub-Industry index.

Following is a summary of the changes:




                         S&P MIDCAP 400 INDEX  -  January 16, 2009

                    COMPANY       GICS ECONOMIC         GICS
                                     SECTOR         SUB-INDUSTRY
      ADDED    Landstar System    Industrials        Trucking

                    Immucor        Health Care       Health Care
                                                      Supplies

     DELETED Pacific Sunwear of      Consumer      Apparel Retail
                 California        Discretionary

              Furniture Brands       Consumer           Home
                                   Discretionary      Furnishings



                     S&P SMALLCAP 600 INDEX  -   January 16, 2009


                   COMPANY        GICS ECONOMIC          GICS
                                     SECTOR          SUB-INDUSTRY
      ADDED  American Science &    Industrials    Aerospace & Defense
                 Engineering

                AeroVironment      Industrials    Aerospace & Defense

     DELETED  Landstar System      Industrials         Trucking

                  Immucor          Health Care   Health Care Supplies



                          S&P SMALLCAP 600 INDEX  -  TBA

                 COMPANY                   GICS              GICS
                                     ECONOMIC SECTOR     SUB-INDUSTRY
      ADDED  Bio-Reference             Health Care        Health Care
              Laboratories                                 Services

     DELETED     Mentor                 Health Care        Health Care
                                                           Equipment

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.

About Standard & Poor's Index Services

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maintains a wide variety of investable and benchmark indices to meet an array
of investor needs. Its family of indices includes the S&P 500, an index with
$1.5 trillion invested and $4.85 trillion benchmarked, and the S&P Global
1200, a composite index comprised of seven regional and country headline
indices. For more information, please visit www.standardandpoors.com/indices.

About Standard & Poor's

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independent credit ratings, indices, risk evaluation, investment research and
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located in 23 countries and markets, Standard & Poor's is an essential part of
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than 140 years in providing investors with the independent benchmarks they
need to feel more confident about their investment and financial decisions.
For more information, visit http://www.standardandpoors.com.

SOURCE Standard & Poor's

Website: http://www.standardandpoors.com
Contact: David M. Blitzer, Ph.D., Managing Director & Chairman of the Index
Committee, +1-212-438-3907
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