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WFE Focus April 2011

Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange launches new consolidated index
On 1 May 2011, the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange launched its newly reclassified consolidated index. It aims at better reflecting the performance of the listed companies and their various activities.

BM&FBOVESPA launches new indices

BM&FBOVESPA started the calculation and publication on real-time basis of four new indices: the BM&FBOVESPA Brazil broad-based index, BM&FBOVESPA dividend index, BM&FBOVESPA basic materials index, and the BM&FBOVESPA public utilities index. The new indices will help diversify investment strategies and make it possible to create ETFs.

BME expands its IBEX 35 index family

On 19 May 2011, BME (the Spanish Exchanges) expanded its IBEX 35 index family with three new tradable indices, all based on the IBEX35. The new indices, calculated and disseminated on a real-time basis, are: the IBEX 35 double leverage gross, IBEX 35 double leverage net, and IBEX 35 capped net return. They are intended to serve as underlying assets for financial products, such as certificates or ETFs. They also provide investors with a broad range of investment strategies.

NASDAQ OMX Group launches NASDAQ-100 data explorers optimized index

The NASDAQ OMX Group in cooperation with Data Explorers, a global provider of stock lending and short interest information, introduced the NASDAQ-100 Data Explorers Optimized index. It is an optimized version of the US NASDAQ-100 index and offers a tradable benchmark that will enhance liquidity and protect both the long and short investor. It screens out stocks that are either lacking in liquidity or relatively expensive to borrow in the stock lending market based on analytics from Data Explorers.

NYSE Euronext upgrades Intellidex index series

NYSE Euronext will update its Intellidex series of indexes effective on 2 June 2011. This series was developed by NYSE Euronext and leverages the company’s operational and listed product expertise to implement a quantitatively-based methodology. Designed to offer investors a series of indexes with a comprehensive range of fundamental and quantitative characteristics, the Intellidex products have been enhanced to offer an even greater depth and refinement of various key weights and factors that enable investors to choose among, and execute a wide range of sophisticated strategies.

Shanghai Stock Exchange launches a series of new indices

On 10 May 2011, the Shanghai Stock Exchange in cooperation with China Securities Index, launched the Resource 50 index, the SSE Industry Chain indices, and the CSI Mega-Cap index with the aim to provide new analysis tool and underlying instrument for investors and boost its blue chip market. Furthermore, on 24 May 2011, the exchange will launch the SSE High-End Equipment Manufacturing 60 index, the SSE 180 Equal Weight Index, and the SSE 180 Sector Equal Weight Index.

Tokyo Stock Exchange launches TSE home price indices

On 26 April 2011, the Tokyo Stock Exchange began calculating and publishing the “TSE Home Price Indices”. They are the first indices in Japan based on repeat sales method using information registered in the real estate information network for East Japan. This index series will be one of the most informative indicators regarding property price trends. It is expected to stimulate the property investment market, including that for J-REITs.

Warsaw Stock Exchange launches WIG-Ukraine index

On 4 May 2011, the Warsaw Stock Exchange started to calculate and publish the national index WIG-Ukraine. It will be the second national index calculated by the Exchange after the Polish stock index WIG-PL, which will become WIG-Poland as of 4 May 2011.

Wiener Börse launches dividend point indices

On 21 March 2011, Wiener Börse started calculating and disseminating dividend point indices, the ATX dividend point index and the CECE EUR dividend point index. They show the dividends of the period of one year, paid by the related index members converted into dividend points. The index value results from the addition of the so calculated dividend points.

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