Bank of America Merrill Lynch Announces 2013 Composition and Weights for the Merrill Lynch Commodity Index eXtra(SM)

  Bank of America Merrill Lynch Announces 2013 Composition and Weights for the
  Merrill Lynch Commodity Index eXtra(SM)

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LONDON -- December 21, 2012

Bank of America Merrill Lynch today announced the 2013 composition and weights
for the Merrill Lynch Commodity index eXtra^SM (MLCX). The MLCX is designed to
provide a liquid, consistent, representative and cost-efficient benchmark for
commodity market performance and for investment in commodities as an asset
class. The MLCX contains the following six market sectors: Energy, Base
Metals, Precious Metals, Grains & Oil Seeds, Livestock, and Soft Commodities &

Bank of America Merrill Lynch constructs the MLCX based on the liquidity of
the constituent futures contracts and the value of the global production of
each underlying commodity. The MLCX also seeks to avoid redundant contracts
and includes only the most liquid contract per commodity which is determined
by volume and price. Based on these rules, the MLCX will include Brent crude
oil and remove WTI crude oil for 2013. No other commodities have been added or
removed. The commodity weights, which are determined by the Bank of America
Merrill Lynch Commodities group pursuant to the MLCX Handbook, are listed

Commodity            2012                 2013                  Change
Brent                0.00%                34.19%                34.19%
Gasoil               12.61%               12.38%                (0.23)%
Gasoline             12.19%               11.83%                (0.36)%
Corn                 5.57%                6.15%                 0.57%
Wheat                5.86%                5.37%                 (0.49)%
Copper               5.28%                5.10%                 (0.17)%
Gold                 3.50%                4.39%                 0.89%
Soybean              2.99%                3.34%                 0.35%
Aluminium            3.05%                2.87%                 (0.18)%
Sugar                2.95%                2.81%                 (0.15)%
Live Cattle          1.96%                1.99%                 0.03%
Cotton               2.45%                1.65%                 (0.80)%
Natural Gas          2.58%                1.60%                 (0.98)%
Soybean Oil          1.42%                1.51%                 0.09%
Coffee               1.28%                1.29%                 0.01%
Lean Hogs            1.04%                1.01%                 (0.03)%
Nickel               1.13%                0.92%                 (0.21)%
Zinc                 0.87%                0.81%                 (0.06)%
Silver               0.66%                0.79%                 0.13%
Crude Oil            32.63%               0.00%                 (32.63)%
Sector               2012                 2013                  Change
Energy               60.00%               60.00%                0.00%
Grains               15.85%               16.37%                0.53%
Base metals          10.32%               9.70%                 (0.61)%
Softs                6.67%                5.74%                 (0.93)%
Precious             4.16%                5.18%                 1.02%
Livestock            3.00%                3.00%                 0.00%

Calculations by BofA Merrill Lynch Global Commodity Research Group; due to
rounding, the change may not be equal to the difference between the figures

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