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United Natural Foods Set to Join the S&P MidCap 400; Abiomed & Ixia to Join S&P SmallCap 600

Monday, December 17, 2012

United Natural Foods Set to Join the S&P MidCap 400; Abiomed & Ixia to Join S&P SmallCap 60017:45 EST Monday, December 17, 2012NEW YORK, Dec. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- S&P Dow Jones Indices will make the following changes to the S&P MidCap 400 and the S&P SmallCap 600 indices after the close of trading on Friday, December 21:S&P SmallCap 600 constituent United Natural Foods Inc. (NASD: UNFI) will replace AMERIGROUP Corp. (NYSE: AGP) in the S&P MidCap 400, and Ixia (NASD: XXIA) will replace United Natural Foods in the S&P SmallCap 600. S&P 500 constituent Wellpoint Inc. (NYSE: WLP) is acquiring AMERIGROUP in a deal expected to be completed soon pending final approvals. Abiomed Inc. (NASD: ABMD) will replace Cascade Corp. (NYSE: CASC) in the S&P SmallCap 600. Toyota Industries Corp. is acquiring Cascade in a deal expected to be completed soon pending final conditions.                                                United Natural Foods is an independent national distributor of natural, organic and specialty foods and related products. Headquartered in Providence, RI, the company will be added to the S&P MidCap 400 GICS (Global Industry Classification Standard) Food Distributors Sub-Industry index.Ixia supplies converged network and application performance testing solutions. Headquartered in Calabasas, CA, the company will be added to the S&P SmallCap 600 GICS Communications Equipment Sub-Industry index.Abiomed is a provider of medical devices that provide circulatory support. Headquartered in Danvers, MA, the company will be added to the S&P SmallCap 600 GICS HealthCare Equipment Sub-Industry index.Following is a summary of the changes:S&P MIDCAP 400 INDEX ? December 21, 2012COMPANYGICS ECONOMIC SECTORGICS SUB-INDUSTRYADDEDUnited Natural FoodsConsumer StaplesFood DistributorsDELETEDAMERIGROUPHealth Care Managed Health Care S&P SMALLCAP 600 INDEX ? December 21, 2012COMPANYGICS ECONOMIC SECTORGICS SUB-INDUSTRYADDEDIxiaInformation TechnologyCommunications EquipmentAbiomed Health CareHealth Care EquipmentDELETEDUnited Natural FoodsConsumer StaplesFood DistributorsCascadeIndustrialsConstruction & Farm Machinery & Heavy TrucksAdditions to and deletions from S&P  Dow Jones Indices do not in any way reflect an opinion on the investment merits of the companies involved.About S&P Dow Jones IndicesS&P Dow Jones Indices LLC, a subsidiary of The McGraw-Hill Companies is the world's largest, global resource for index-based concepts, data and research. Home to iconic financial market indicators, such as the S&P 500® and the Dow Jones Industrial AverageSM, S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC has over 115 years of experience constructing innovative and transparent solutions that fulfill the needs of institutional and retail investors. More assets are invested in products based upon our indices than any other provider in the world. With over 830,000 indices covering a wide range of assets classes across the globe, S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC defines the way investors measure and trade the markets. To learn more about our company, please visit It is not possible to invest directly in an index. S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC, Dow Jones, and their respective affiliates, parents, subsidiaries, directors, officers, shareholders, employees and agents (collectively "S&P Dow Jones Indices") does not sponsor, endorse, sell, or promote any investment fund or other vehicle that is offered by third parties and that seeks to provide an investment return based on the returns of any S&P Dow Jones Indices index. This document does not constitute an offer of services in jurisdictions where S&P Dow Jones Indices or its affiliates do not have the necessary licenses. S&P Dow Jones Indices receives compensation in connection with licensing its indices to third parties.STANDARD & POOR'S and S&P are registered trademarks of Standard & Poor's Financial Services LLC.  "Dow Jones" is a registered trademark of Dow Jones Trademark Holdings LLC ("Dow Jones")For more information:Dave GuarinoCommunicationsS&P Dow Jones 755-5334David BlitzerManaging Director and Chairman of the Index CommitteeS&P Dow Jones (917) 376-1204SOURCE S&P Dow Jones Indices