based on the PHLX Semiconductor Sector IndexSM (Nasdaq:SOX), will commence trading on the NASDAQ Stock Market® on October 15. This ETF is designed to track the performance of the PHLX Semiconductor Sector Index, the most widely recognized benchmark investors use to track the semiconductor industry. The index is a known institutional benchmark and is the underlying index for 27 structured products, 3 ETFs, an index option and an ETF option.
Due to increased investor interest in the PHLX Semiconductor Sector Index, iShares Exchange Traded Funds, the world’s largest provider of ETFs, recently announced it changed the index, name, ticker and primary listing exchange of its semiconductor ETF.
Fund shareholders are not required to take any action as a result of this announcement. The changes are effective October 15, 2010, and are generally summarized below.
|Fund Name||iShares S&P North American||iShares PHLX SOX|
|Technology-Semiconductors Index||Semiconductor Sector Index|
|Index||S&P North American Technology-||PHLX Semiconductor Sector|
|Index Names||52 (as of 8/31/10)||30 (as of 8/31/10)|
|Weighting||Modified market cap||Modified market cap|
“The PHLX Semiconductor Sector Index continues to evolve as a widely-recognized benchmark for a growing array of investment strategies,” said John Jacobs, Executive Vice President, NASDAQ OMX Global Index Group. “With the introduction of this new iShares ETF, investors now have another option to invest in a sector that is poised to be a leader on the road to U.S. economic recovery.”
The PHLX Semiconductor Sector index is a modified capitalization-weighted index composed of companies primarily involved in the design, distribution, manufacture, and sale of semiconductors. To view a complete list of component companies, visit https://indexes.nasdaqomx.com/weighting.aspx?IndexSymbol=SOX&menuIndex=0.
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PHLX Semiconductor Sector® is a registered trademark of NASDAQ OMX PHLX (which with its affiliates and subsidiaries are collectively “NASDAQ OMX”) and is licensed for use by iShares. The iShares PHLX SOX Semiconductor Sector Index Fund has not been passed on by NASDAQ OMX as to its legality or suitability, nor has the product been issued, endorsed or sold by NASDAQ OMX. NASDAQ OMX MAKES NO WARRANTIES AND BEARS NO LIABILITY WITH RESPECT TO THE ISHARES PHLX SOX SEMICONDUCTOR SECTOR INDEX FUND.
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