A New Index Trades Up

S&P believes the investment outlook for its Trading Companies & Distributors index is favorable over the next 12 months

A recent addition to the is the S&P 1500 Trading Companies & Distributors subindustry index. This index consists of eight large-, mid-, and small-cap companies that distribute industrial and commercial products, three of which are followed analytically by S&P. Year to date through May 26, 2006, this subindustry index has advanced 12%, vs. a 2.9% rise in the S&P Composite 1500 Index. During 2005, this group gained 15.8%, vs. a 3.8% advance for the "1500."

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