Standard & Poor's Announces Changes in the S&P/TSX Canadian Indices

TORONTO, Dec. 15 /CNW/ - Standard & Poor's Canadian Index Operations announces the following index changes:

    
    -   Eldorado Gold Corporation (TSX:ELD) has announced the successful
        completion of a scheme of arrangement under Australian law whereby it
        will acquire all the shares of Sino Gold Mining Limited (ASX:SGX).
        Shareholders of Sino Gold will receive 0.55 shares of Eldorado for
        each share of Sino Gold held. The relative weight of Eldorado will
        increase in the S&P/TSX Composite and Capped Composite, the S&P/TSX
        60, 60 Capped and Equity 60, the S&P/TSX Equity and Capped Equity,
        the S&P/TSX Capped Materials, the S&P/TSX Global Gold and the S&P/TSX
        Global Mining indices to reflect the issuance of new shares as part
        of the transaction, which will be effective after the close of
        trading on Friday, December 18, 2009.
    

Company additions to and deletions from an S&P equity index do not in any way reflect an opinion on the investment merits of the company.

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Standard & Poor's Index Services, the world's leading index provider, maintains a wide variety of investable and benchmark indices to meet an array of investor needs. Over $1 trillion is directly indexed to Standard & Poor's family of indices, which includes the S&P 500, the world's most followed stock market index, the S&P Global 1200, a composite index comprised of seven regional and country headline indices, the S&P Global BMI, an index with approximately 11,000 constituents and the S&P GSCI, the industry's most closely-watched commodities index. For more information, please visit www.standardandpoors.com/indices.

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SOURCE Standard & Poor's Canadian Index Operations

For further information: For further information: Tony North, (416) 507-3204, sp_index@standardandpoors.com; Dave Guarino, (212) 438-1471, Dave_guarino@standardandpoors.com

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