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WFE Focus December 2011

Arab Federation of Exchanges launches regional index

On 4 December 2011, the Arab Federation of Exchanges, in cooperation with S&P Indices, launched the S&P AFE 40, an index designed to measure the performance of 40 leading companies from the Pan-Arab region. The index includes companies from Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates.

FEAS introduces blue chips index

The Federation of Euro-Asian Stock Exchanges (FEAS) and Dow Jones Indexes launched a blue chip stocks index, the Dow Jones FEAS Titans 50 Equal Weighted Index to track the 50 largest stocks listed in FEAS exchanges. The new gauge is designed to serve as the basis for financial products such as funds and structured products.

ISE introduces new indices

The International Securities Exchange has created the ISE SPY Bear Option Overlay index and ISE SPY Bull Option Overlay index, two innovative new indexes that track the performance of a diversified portfolio of vertical call or put spread strategies based on the SPDR S&P 500 ETF. The indexes provide leveraged directional exposure to the underlying ETF and give investors the ability to track two popular trading strategies on the most actively traded ETFs.

Mexican Exchange launches sustainability index

The Mexican Exchange launched a sustainability index based on the 70 most liquid shares listed on the Exchange. Companies eligible for inclusion are assessed according to their performance, impact, and responses to emerging environmental, social, and corporate governance issues. The issues include climate change, human rights, policies and systems to counter bribery. In order to be eligible for inclusion, companies will have to score in the top 50% of performers in their industry sectors.

MICEX and RTS unveil new rules for index calculation

Within the framework of the MICEX and RTS integration process, new versions of the rules on calculation of sectoral indices and methodologies for calculating the RTS and MICEX indexes were approved. The rules entered into effect on 16 December and 19 December 2011 respectively.

NYSE Euronext launches family of clean energy indices

NYSE Euronext, in partnership with research company Bloomberg New Energy Finance, launched three regionally-focused clean energy stock indices, enabling the most active quoted companies in the world’s shift to low-carbon energy to be tracked in detail. The indices, covering respectively the Americas, EMEA, Asia and Oceania, are the first of a new family of clean energy indices that the partners will start publishing over the next few months. They each presently follow a basket of between 125 and 325 companies with a moderate or greater exposure to renewable energy and energy-smart technologies.

Shanghai Stock Exchange renames its large cap equal weight index

The Shanghai Stock Exchange and China Securities Index announced that the SSE Large-Cap Equal Weight index will be renamed to SSE 50 Equal Weight index on 22 December 2011. The index methodology remains the same.

Shanghai Stock Exchange launches consumer 50 index

On 9 December 2011, the Shanghai Stock Exchange, in cooperation with the China Securities Index, launched the SSE Consumer 50 Index to further enhance its index family as well as to provide new analysis tool and underlying instrument for investors.

Shenzhen Stock Exchange launches new index series

On 15 November 2011, the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, in cooperation with Shenzhen Securities Information, launched four SZSE series theme indexes, including the SZSE equipment index, SZSE real estate index, SZSE environmental protection index and SZSE commodities producer index. On 2 December 2011, it issued the CNINFO 1000 Sector Index series for various economic sectors such as the energy sector index, the raw material sector index, and so on. In addition, the Exchange also issued four composite indexes for the listed funds, including SZSE LEFU Fund Index, SZSE ETF Index, CNINFO Listed Fund Index and CNINFO ETF Index.

Warsaw Stock Exchange introduces new index family

On 1 December 2011, the Warsaw Stock Exchange introduced the WIGPlus index portfolio which tracks the performance of the smallest companies listed on the WSE main market. It includes those companies which do not qualify for the WIG20, mWIG40 or sWIG80 indexes and which belong to the 5PLUS segment. Unlike the WIG20, mWIG40 and sWIG80 indices, the number of companies in the new index portfolio is not fixed: it depends on the number of companies in the latest ranking which fulfill the index portfolio participation criteria.

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