Methodology Changes Announced for S&P Dow Jones Indices

           Methodology Changes Announced for S&P Dow Jones Indices

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, Feb. 27, 2013

NEW YORK, Feb. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --S&P Dow Jones Indices today announces
revisions to S&P Global Indices, S&P U.S. Indices and Dow Jones Global Indices
to be effective with the March quarterly review after the close of trading on
Friday, March 15:

  oAll weekly share change announcements will be made on Fridays at 5:15 pm
    for implementation the following Friday night (Monday morning effective
    date). Previously, all weekly share changes were announced on Wednesday
    night for implementation the following Wednesday night.
  oMortgage REITs (GICS code 40402030) will now be eligible for inclusion in
    S&P Global Indices and S&P U.S. Indices provided they meet all other index
    inclusion criteria. Previously, mortgage REITs were not eligible for
    inclusion. The mortgage REITs sub industry group has grown substantially
    in market capitalization over the past decade and these companies provide
    institutional and individual investors with diversification and an
    opportunity to gain exposure to the real estate financing markets.

Methodology documents will be updated to reflect these changes.

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For more information:

Dave Guarino
S&P Dow Jones Indices

David Blitzer
Managing Director and Chairman of the Index Committee
S&P Dow Jones Indices

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