Each of the two iShares Trusts mentioned below began trading on NYSE Arca this morning as an exclusive primary listing.
Names and ticker symbols of the two iShares Trusts Listing on NYSE Arca:
The Trusts’ prospectuses and other Trust information are available at the iShares website. For more information, please visit: http://us.ishares.com
About Barclays Global Investors
Barclays Global Investors is one of the world's largest asset managers and a leading global provider of investment management products and services with more than 2,900 institutional clients and in excess of $1.9 trillion of assets under management as of June 30, 2008. BGI transformed the investment industry by creating the first index strategy in 1971 and the first quantitative active strategy in 1979. BGI is a global product leader in exchange traded funds (iShares® exchange traded funds) with over 320 funds for institutions and individuals globally.
Background on NYSE Arca-Listed ETFs and ETNs
Exchange traded products listed on NYSE Arca represent 79% of ETF and ETN assets under management in the U.S., nearly $385 billion, the most of any exchange. As the first fully electronic platform to utilize designated liquidity providers, NYSE Arca sets the national best bid and offer nearly 82% of the time, leading all U.S. exchanges. NYSE Arca remains an established leader in the ETF and ETN marketplace offering investors some of the industry’s fastest and most innovative trading tools to access liquidity. Including today’s listings, NYSE Arca has 707 primary ETF listings. Additionally, NYSE Arca lists 85 ETNs and 246 certificates and trades all other eligible ETFs on a UTP basis.
About NYSE Euronext
NYSE Euronext (NYX) is the world’s leading, most liquid and diverse exchange group. It offers a broad and growing array of financial products and services in cash equities, futures, options, exchange-traded products, bonds, market data, and commercial technology solutions, all designed to meet the evolving needs of issuers, investors and financial institutions. Spanning multiple asset classes and six countries, NYSE Euronext’s exchanges include the New York Stock Exchange, Liffe, Euronext and NYSE Arca. With more than 6,500 listed issues, more than any other exchange group, trading on NYSE Euronext’s equity markets represents more than one-third of the world's cash equities volume. NYSE Euronext also manages the leading European derivatives exchange by value of trading. NYSE Euronext is part of the S&P 500 index and the only exchange operator in the S&P 100 index. For more information, please visit www.nyx.com.
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