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S&P Indices Announces Change to U.S. Index

Monday, May 21, 2012

S&P Indices Announces Change to U.S. Index18:02 EDT Monday, May 21, 2012NEW YORK, May 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASD: ALXN) will replace Motorola Mobility Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: MMI) in the S&P 500 index after the close of trading on Thursday, May 24. S&P 100 & 500 constituent Google Inc. (NASD: GOOG) is acquiring Motorola Mobility Holdings in a deal expected to close before the opening of trading tomorrow.Alexion is a biopharmaceutical company. Headquartered in Cheshire, CT, the company will be added to the S&P 500 GICS (Global Industry Classification Standard) Biotechnology Sub-Industry index.Following is a summary of the change:S&P 500  INDEX  ? May 24, 2012COMPANYGICS ECONOMIC SECTORGICS SUB-INDUSTRYADDEDAlexion PharmaceuticalsHealth CareBiotechnologyDELETEDMotorola MobilityInformation TechnologyCommunications EquipmentAbout S&P IndicesS&P Indices, a leading brand of the McGraw-Hill Companies (NYSE: MHP), maintains a wide variety of investable and benchmark indices to meet an array of investor needs. Over $1.45 trillion is directly indexed to our indices, which includes the S&P 500, the world's most followed stock market index, the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, the leading measure of U.S. home prices, the S&P Global BMI, an index with approximately 11,000 constituents, the S&P GSCI, the industry's most closely watched commodities index, and the S&P National AMT-Free Municipal Bond Index, the premier investable index for U.S. municipal bonds. For more information, please visit: is not possible to invest directly in an index. S&P Indices does not sponsor, endorse, sell, or promote any S&P index-based investment product. This document does not constitute an offer of services in jurisdictions where S&P Indices or its affiliates do not have the necessary licenses. S&P Indices receives compensation in connection with licensing its indices to third parties.For more information:Dave GuarinoCommunicationsS&P Indicesdave_guarino@standardandpoors.com212-438-1471David BlitzerManaging Director and Chairman of the Index CommitteeS&P Indicesdavid_blitzer@standardandpoors.com212-438-3908SOURCE S&P Indices