Standard & Poor's Announces Changes to U.S. Indices
By: PR Newswire
August 13, 2008 at 18:34 PM EDT
NEW YORK, Aug. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Standard & Poor's will make the following changes to the S&P 500 and S&P SmallCap 600 indices:
-- Invesco Ltd. (NYSE: IVZ) will replace IAC/InterActiveCorp. (Nasdaq: IACI) in the S&P 500, HSN Inc. (Nasdaq when-issued: HSNIV) will replace Tronox Inc. (NYSE: TRX.B) in the S&P SmallCap 600, Interval Leisure Group Inc. (Nasdaq when-issued: IILGV) will replace Downey Financial Corp. (NYSE: DSL) in the S&P SmallCap 600, and Ticketmaster (Nasdaq when-issued: TKTMV) will replace Ditech Networks Inc. (Nasdaq: DITC) in the S&P SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Wednesday, August 20. IAC/InterActive is spinning off the businesses of HSN, Interval Leisure Group and Ticketmaster in a transaction expected to be completed after the close of trading on that date. As of today's close of trading, Tronox, Downey Financial and Ditech Networks all had market capitalizations well below the S&P SmallCap 600's target range.
-- The Buckle Inc. (NYSE: BKE) will replace W-H Energy Services Inc. (NYSE: WHQ) in the S&P SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Tuesday, August 19. W-H Energy is being acquired by S&P 500 constituent Smith International Inc. (NYSE: SII) in a transaction expected to be completed on or about that date, pending final approvals.
-- Stepan Co. (NYSE: SCL) will replace Building Materials Holding Corp. (NYSE: BLG) in the S&P SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Tuesday, August 19. As of today's close of trading Building Materials had a market capitalization of approximately $51 million, whereas the minimum market cap a company must maintain in order to be eligible for addition to the index is $300 million.
Standard & Poor's will monitor these transactions, and post any relevant updates on its website: www.standardandpoors.com.
Invesco is an investment management company. Headquartered in Atlanta, GA, the company will be added to the S&P 500 GICS (Global Industry Classification Standard) Asset Management & Custody Banks Sub-Industry index.
HSN offers products through television home shopping programming on the HSN television network and HSN.com. Headquartered in St. Petersburg, FL, the company will be added to the S&P SmallCap 600 GICS Catalog Retail Sub-Industry index.
Interval Leisure Group provides membership services to the vacation ownership industry. Headquartered in Miami, FL, the company will be added to the S&P SmallCap 600 GICS Hotels, Resorts & Cruise Lines Sub-Industry index.
Ticketmaster provides ticket sales, ticket resale services, marketing and distribution services. Headquartered in West Hollywood, CA, the company will be added to the S&P SmallCap 600 GICS Internet Retail Sub-Industry index.
The Buckle offers casual apparel, footwear and accessories for young men and women in the U.S. Headquartered in Kearney, NE, the company will be added to the S&P SmallCap 600 GICS Apparel Retail Sub-Industry index.
Stepan produces surfactants and other specialty chemicals used in household, industrial, personal care, agricultural and energy-related products. Headquartered in Northfield, IL, the company will be added to the S&P SmallCap 600 GICS Specialty Chemicals Sub-Industry index.
Following is a summary of the changes: S&P 500 INDEX - August 20, 2008 COMPANY GICS ECONOMIC SECTOR GICS SUB-INDUSTRY ADDED Invesco Financials Asset Management & Custody Banks DELETED IAC/InterActive Consumer Discretionary Internet Retail S&P SMALLCAP 600 INDEX - August 20, 2008 COMPANY GICS ECONOMIC SECTOR GICS SUB-INDUSTRY ADDED HSN Consumer Discretionary Catalog Retail Interval Leisure Group Consumer Discretionary Hotels, Resorts & Cruise Lines Ticketmaster Consumer Discretionary Internet Retail DELETED Tronox Materials Commodity Chemicals Downey Financial Financials Thrifts & Mortgage Finance Ditech Networks Information Technology Communications Equipment S&P SMALLCAP 600 INDEX - August 19, 2008 COMPANY GICS ECONOMIC SECTOR GICS SUB-INDUSTRY ADDED The Buckle Consumer Discretionary Apparel Retail Stepan Materials Specialty Chemicals DELETED W-H Energy Energy Oil & Gas Equipment & Services Building Materials Industrials Trading Companies & Distributors
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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