Standard & Poor's Launches S&P/TSX Global Base Metals Index

    TORONTO, June 25 /CNW/ - Standard & Poor's, the world's leading index
provider, announced today the launch of the S&P/TSX Global Base Metals Index.
The S&P/TSX Global Base Metals Index is designed to provide investors with an
investable index of global securities involved in the production or extraction
of base metals.
    The S&P/TSX Global Base Metal Index is a subset of the existing S&P/TSX
Global Mining Index, an investable index which provides investors with a
broadly representative benchmark for global mining portfolios. Eligible
securities for the S&P/TSX Global Base Metals Index are classified under two
Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS) subindustries: Diversified
Metals and Mining and Aluminum.
    The S&P/TSX Global Base Metals Index includes companies engaged in the
extraction of industrial metals such as aluminum, zinc, copper and nickel. The
Index complements the existing S&P/TSX resource based indices which includes
the S&P/TSX Global Gold Index and the S&P/TSX Global Mining Index.
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    About Standard & Poor's Index Services

    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. Its family of indices includes the S&P 500, an index with
$1.5 trillion invested and $4.85 trillion benchmarked, and the S&P Global
1200, a composite index comprised of seven regional and country headline
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    About Standard & Poor's

    Standard & Poor's, a subsidiary of The McGraw-Hill Companies (NYSE:  MHP),
is the world's foremost provider of independent credit ratings, indices, risk
evaluation, investment research and data. With offices in 23 countries and
markets, Standard & Poor's is an essential part of the world's financial
infrastructure and has played a leading role for nearly 150 years in providing
investors with the independent benchmarks they need to feel more confident
about their investment and financial decisions. For more information, visit

For further information:

For further information: Jasmit Bhandal, (416) 507-3203, Director of
Business Development, S&P Canada,; David
Guarino, (212) 438-1471, Communications, S&P New York,

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