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S&P 500

About the Index
EXCHANGE-TRADED FUNDS (ETFs) Widely regarded as the best single gauge of the U.S. equities market, this world-renowned
SPDR® index includes 500 leading companies in leading industries of the U.S. economy. Although the
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S&P 500 focuses on the large cap segment of the market, with approximately 75% coverage of
iUnits S&P 500 U.S. equities, it is also an ideal proxy for the total market. S&P 500 is part of a series of S&P
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U.S. indices that can be used as building blocks for portfolio construction.
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Horizons BetaPro S&P 500 Bear Plus S&P 500 is maintained by the S&P Index Committee, a team • Financial Viability. Companies should have four consecutive
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of Standard & Poor’s economists and index analysts, who quarters of positive as-reported earnings, where as-reported
FUTURES meet on a regular basis. The goal of the Index Committee earnings are defined as GAAP Net Income excluding
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is to ensure that the S&P 500 remains a leading indicator of discontinued operations and extraordinary items.
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U.S. equities, reflecting the risk and return characteristics • Adequate Liquidity and Reasonable Price. The ratio of
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S&P 500 Sector Futures of the broader large cap universe on an on-going basis. The annual dollar value traded to market capitalization for the
Index Committee also monitors constituent liquidity to ensure company should be 0.30 or greater. Very low stock prices
S&P 500 efficient portfolio trading while keeping index turnover to a can affect a stock’s liquidity.
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Index Methodology contribute to the maintenance of a sector balance that is in

Standard & Poor’s does not sponsor, line with the sector composition of the universe of eligible
The S&P Index Committee follows a set of published
endorse, sell or promote any S&P
guidelines for maintaining the index. Complete details of companies with market cap in excess of US$ 3 billion.
index-based investment product.
these guidelines, including the criteria for index additions • Company Type. Constituents must be operating companies.

and removals, policy statements, and research papers are Closed-end funds, holding companies, partnerships,
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com. These guidelines provide the transparency required and Equity Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) and business
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company’s operations, its corporate structure, its accounting
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standards and its exchange listings. CRITERIA FOR INDEX REMOVALS
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• Market Capitalization. Companies with market cap in • Companies that substantially violate one or more of the
excess of US$ 3 billion. This minimum is reviewed from criteria for index inclusion.
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• Public Float. There must be public float of at least 50%. restructuring such that they no longer meet the inclusion criteria.
Leading Measures for
U.S. Markets S&P 500
S&P U.S. Indices
September 30, 2009 S&P Composite 1500
The large cap segment of the U.S. S&P 500 S&P MidCap 400 S&P SmallCap 600
equities market, covering S&P 100
approximately 75% of the U.S. equities S&P 900
S&P 1000

Index Performance 5 Year Historical Performance

Returns 1 Month 3.73% 2500
3 Month 15.61%
YTD 19.26% 2200
Annualized 1 Year -6.91%
Returns 3 Years -5.43% 1900
5 Years 1.02%
7 Years 5.86% 1600
Annualized 3 Years Std Dev 19.68%
Risk 5 Years Std Dev 15.96% 1300
Sharpe Ratio 3 Years -0.3103
5 Years -0.0381 1000
Sep-04 Mar-05 Sep-05 Mar-06 Sep-06 Mar-07 Sep-07 Mar-08 Sep-08 Mar-09 Sep-09

Top 10 Companies By Weight

Float Adjusted Investable
Market Cap Index Sector Weight
Country Company ($ Million) Weight Weight Factor GICS ® Sector
United States Exxon Mobil Corp 329,725.3 3.53% 31.04% 1.00 Energy
United States Microsoft Corp 200,706.7 2.15% 11.60% 0.87 Information Technology
United States General Electric Co 174,492.7 1.87% 12.13% 1.00 Financials
United States JP Morgan Chase & Co 172,325.3 1.85% 13.78% 1.00 Health Care
United States Procter & Gamble 169,062.1 1.81% 15.47% 1.00 Consumer Staples
United States Johnson & Johnson 167,801.5 1.80% 9.70% 1.00 Information Technology
United States Apple Inc. 166,057.6 1.78% 54.21% 1.00 Telecommunication Services
United States AT&T Inc 159,359.0 1.71% 11.08% 1.00 Financials
United States Intl Business Machines Corp 156,794.8 1.68% 9.06% 1.00 Information Technology
United States Bank of America Corp 146,385.0 1.57% 15.73% 1.00 Industrials

Tickers Sector Breakdown Index Portfolio Characteristics

S&P 500 Telecom Svc Utilities Cons Disc Number of Companies 500
BLOOMBERGSM SPX 3.3% 3.8% 9.1% Adjusted Market Cap ($ Billion) 9,336.51
Reuters .SPX Materials Company Size By Market Cap (Adjusted $ Billion):
3.4% Cons Staples
Total Return 11.7% Average 18.67
Info Tech
Reuters .SPXTR 18.5% Smallest 0.81
Median 7.98
% Weight Largest Company 3.53%
Top 10 Holdings (% Market Cap Share) 19.74%
10.0% Financials
Health Care 15.4%

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