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BlackRock Announces January Monthly Cash Distributions for the iShares(R) Funds

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

BlackRock Announces January Monthly Cash Distributions for the iShares(R) Funds09:18 EST Wednesday, January 19, 2011TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 19, 2011) -(TSX:XBB)(TSX:XCB)(TSX:XDV)(TSX:XFN)(TSX:XGB)(TSX:XHY)(TSX:XIG)(TSX:XLB)(TSX:XRE)(TSX:XSB)(TSX:XTR)(TSX:XHB)(TSX:XPF)BlackRock Asset Management Canada Limited, an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE:BLK), today announced the January 2011 cash distributions for the thirteen iShares funds listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange which pay on a monthly basis. Unitholders of record on January 28, 2011 will receive cash distributions payable on January 31, 2011. Details of the "per unit" distribution amounts are as follows:Fund NameFund TickerCash Distribution Per Unit ($)iShares DEX Universe Bond Index FundXBB0.09714iShares DEX All Corporate Bond Index FundXCB0.07495iShares Dow Jones Canada Select Dividend Index FundXDV0.08737iShares S&P®/TSX® Capped Financials Index FundXFN0.09036iShares DEX All Government Bond Index FundXGB0.06006iShares U.S. High Yield Bond Index Fund (CAD-Hedged)XHY0.10770iShares U.S. IG Corporate Bond Index FundXIG0.06473iShares DEX Long Term Bond Index FundXLB0.07557iShares S&P/TSX Capped REIT Index FundXRE0.06075iShares DEX Short Term Bond Index FundXSB0.08032iShares Diversified Monthly Income FundXTR0.06000iShares DEX HYBrid Bond Index FundXHB0.09354iShares S&P/TSX North American Preferred Stock Index Fund (CAD-Hedged)XPF0.12072Further information on iShares funds can be found at www.iShares.ca.About BlackRockBlackRock is a leader in investment management, risk management and advisory services for institutional and retail clients worldwide. At September 30, 2010, BlackRock's AUM was US $3.446 trillion. BlackRock offers products that span the risk spectrum to meet clients' needs, including active, enhanced and index strategies across markets and asset classes. Products are offered in a variety of structures including separate accounts, mutual funds, iShares® (exchange traded funds), and other pooled investment vehicles. BlackRock also offers risk management, advisory and enterprise investment system services to a broad base of institutional investors through BlackRock Solutions™. Headquartered in New York City, as of September 30, 2010, the firm has approximately 8,900 employees in 24 countries and a major presence in key global markets, including North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Middle East and Africa. For additional information, please visit the company's website at www.blackrock.com.About iShares ETFsThe iShares business is the global product leader in ETFs with over 410 funds globally across equities, fixed income and commodities, which trade on 16 exchanges worldwide. The iShares funds are bought and sold like common stocks on securities exchanges. The iShares funds are attractive to many individual and institutional investors and financial intermediaries because of their relative low cost, tax efficiency and trading flexibility. Investors can purchase and sell securities through any brokerage firm, financial advisor, or online broker, and hold the funds in any type of brokerage account. The iShares customer base consists of the institutional segment of pension plans and fund managers, as well as the retail segment of financial advisors. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: Veritas CommunicationsContact for Media:Lisa An416-955-4587 or Cell: 647-292-2478an@veritascanada.com