Standard & Poor's Announces Changes in the S&P/TSX Venture Composite Index

TORONTO, Dec. 22 /CNW/ -Standard & Poor's will make the following changes in the S&P/TSX Venture Composite Index after the close of trading on Wednesday, December 22, 2010: 

  • Avion Gold Corporation (TSXVN:AVR) will be removed from the index. The company will graduate to trade on the TSX under the same ticker symbol.
  • Shear Minerals Ltd. (TSXVN:SRM) will trade under the new name Shear Diamonds Ltd. The shares will be consolidated on a 1-for-10 basis. There is no change to the ticker symbol but the new CUSIP number will be 82086A 10 2. Please note this change is effective after close Wednesday, December 29, 2010.
  • Merit Mining Corp. (TSXVN:MEM) will trade under the new name Huakan International Mining Inc. The new ticker symbol will be "HK" and the new CUSIP number will be 44330J 10 7. There is no consolidation of capital.

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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