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It’s one of the “Sin” segment of stocks that some investors would prefer not to invest in but the dividend returns are nothing to sneeze at. They’re well established companies with good track records and have been paying a decent dividend for years. It’s worth taking a look.

For many companies, brand awareness is the make or break factor that contributes to their success. In the alcoholic beverage industry, the same rules apply. Brown-Forman (NYSE:BF.B), Anheuser-Busch InBev (NYSE:BUD), and Diageo plc (NYSE:DEO) have survived all these years because they own widely known brands such as Jack Daniels, Bud Light, and Captain Morgan. The growth at these companies has slowed considerably over the years, but due to the nature of the business, there is a large barrier to entry. For many of these brands, the process of making the alcohol takes years, so it is quite difficult for competitors to enter the market and become immediately successful. Although the growth has slowed, similar to tobacco stocks, the alcoholic beverage companies continue to generate stable cash flow that is in return handed over to investors, a trend that looks to be ongoing for years to come.

In this article I will highlight three dividend companies in the alcoholic beverage industry and focus on their results from the latest quarter as well as their dividend growth potential.

 

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The constantly changing market always presents opportunities to make a profit. The key is to always be prepared for the coming changes and get in early.

The S&P 500 Index (NYSEARCA:SPY) – often used as a measure of the overall market – is trading at the highest multiples it has seen in over a decade. At roughly 17 times forward earnings, value investors are having a more difficult time than ever looking for names in which to invest. With that in mind, I have laid out what sectors are “must-avoids” as they are the most expensive as well as a few sectors that look like they could be the beneficiary of a value-oriented comeback in the market.

As I laid out in significantly more detail in one of my latest articles, Value Is About To Make A Comeback In A Big Way, I anticipate that value stocks are about to outperform growth stocks over the next five years for the following reasons:

  • Value has lagged growth since mid-2010, with the gap widening especially over the past year.

  • Value has been shown to outperform over longer periods of time.

  • Fearful investors will flee expensive growth stocks in anticipation of a market correction.

  • Most importantly of all, however, growth will significantly underperform value in a rising-rate environment.

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Fast Growing Index Business Creates Opportunities

Fast Growing Index Business Creates Opportunities-Image by milletre via Flickr

McGraw-Hill (NYSE: MHP), one of the world’s foremost financial information companies and owner of S&P Indices, and CME Group (NASDAQ: CME), the world’s leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace and 90-percent owner of the CME Group/Dow Jones joint venture, announced today an agreement to establish a new joint venture in the rapidly growing index business.  Under the terms of the agreement, which has been approved by the Boards of both companies, McGraw-Hill will contribute its S&P Indices business and the CME Group/Dow Jones joint venture will contribute the Dow Jones Indexes business to create S&P/Dow Jones Indices, a global leader in index services with annual revenue of more than $400 million.  Approximately $6 trillion in assets are benchmarked against these leading indices.

McGraw-Hill will own 73 percent of S&P/Dow Jones Indices, CME Group will own 24.4 percent through its affiliates, and Dow Jones will own 2.6 percent.  S&P/Dow Jones Indices is expected to be operational in the first half of 2012, subject to regulatory approval and customary closing conditions.  The new company will become part of the new McGraw-Hill Markets company following the separation of McGraw-Hill into two public companies, as announced on September 12, 2011.

As part of the new joint venture, S&P/Dow Jones Indices will enter into a new license agreement whereby CME Group will pay S&P Indices a share of the profits of CME Group’s equity product complex, which is their trading and clearing business for futures, swaps and options on futures.  In addition, the new license agreement expands the products covered under the license to include swaps and extends CME Group’s existing exclusive rights (currently in place through December 31, 2017) to the E-mini and other S&P indexed futures.

Harold McGraw III, chairman, president and chief executive officer of McGraw-Hill, said, “This joint venture expands our dynamic index business and accelerates the growth of the new McGraw-Hill Markets company.  By combining our unique and complementary strengths, we are creating a leading global index provider with the breadth and depth to provide both retail and institutional investors with the cutting-edge products and services they need to make sound investment decisions in today’s complex markets.  In addition, McGraw-Hill Markets will benefit from the new license agreement that changes S&P’s Indices’ relationship with CME Group from a transactional fee-per-trade model to a partnership in which S&P Indices participates in the profits of CME Group’s overall equity product complex.”

Terry Duffy, CME Group executive chairman, said, “This new joint venture reflects CME Group’s continued commitment to creating trading opportunities for our global customer base.  Through the new JV company, we look forward to developing leading risk-management solutions in equity indexes and across other asset classes, as well as diversifying our revenue streams, thereby creating value for our shareholders and customers in both institutional and retail client segments.”

Craig Donohue, CME Group chief executive officer, said, “As part of our global growth strategy, CME Group has continued to expand our index services business, both through our own index futures and options products as well as through new product development at our Dow Jones Indexes subsidiary.  The expanded partnership announced today not only creates a leading index services provider that will benefit our customers and shareholders, but also will deliver new opportunities for innovation, including a long-term, ownership-based exclusive global license for CME Group to use the S&P 500® for futures and options on futures products going forward.”

The transaction is expected to be immediately accretive to McGraw-Hill’s earnings and S&P/Dow Jones Indices is expected to drive profit growth by:

  • Increasing revenue through international and asset-class expansion, new product development, enhanced market data offerings and increased cross-selling opportunities
  • Achieving cost savings and accelerating time to market by leveraging technology, data procurement, other back office functions and McGraw-Hill Markets’ infrastructure
  • Reducing capital requirements and generating free cash flow for parent companies.

 

Alexander Matturri, executive managing director of S&P Indices, will be chief executive officer of S&P/Dow Jones Indices and Lou Eccleston, president of McGraw-Hill Financial, will chair the company’s seven-member Board that will include five directors designated by McGraw-Hill and two by CME Group.

Matturri said, “Those who rely on indices worldwide – from product issuers to exchanges to investors – will benefit from a deeper lineup of indices as well as a business model focused on innovation, performance and impact.  Combining S&P Indices’ institutional strength with CME Group’s global exchange partnerships and Dow Jones Indexes’ retail focus will optimize our ability to respond to the changing global environment with increased speed and efficiency.  Just as important, the structure of the joint venture is flexible enough to allow us to maintain our existing exchange relationships and work with other potential partners that could bring additional capabilities to the new company.”

All current indices will retain their brand names (S&P or Dow Jones).  The S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average® will continue to be separately maintained and licensed as the basis for a wide variety of funds and financial instruments.  This transaction does not affect existing licensing agreements with other exchanges, nor does it preclude entering into future agreements with additional providers.

Other provisions of the agreement include:

  • McGraw-Hill will acquire London-based Credit Market Analysis Ltd. (CMA), a leading source of independent data in the over-the-counter markets, from CME Group.  This acquisition significantly expands McGraw-Hill’s asset-class coverage for data and pricing and adds the technology to move into intraday quotes on derivative and other OTC securities.
  • A separate license agreement between Platts, a unit of McGraw-Hill, and CME Group/NYMEX will be extended.

 

McGraw-Hill was advised by BofA Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank.  Barclays Capital acted as exclusive financial advisor to CME Group.

Conference Call/Webcast Scheduled for 8:00 am Eastern Time on November 4, 2011:  Harold McGraw III, chairman, president and CEO of The McGraw-Hill Companies, and Craig Donohue, CEO of the CME Group will host a joint conference call this morning, November 4, at 8:00 AM Eastern Time.  This call is open to all interested parties.  Discussions may include forward-looking information.  Additional information presented on the conference call may be made available on the corporations’ respective Investor Relations Web sites at www.mcgraw-hill.com/investor_relations and www.cmegroup.com.

Webcast Instructions:  Live and Replay

The webcast will be available live and in replay through the corporations’ respective Investor Relations Web sites via the following link: http://investor.mcgraw-hill.com/phoenix.zhtml?p=irol-eventDetails&c=96562&eventID=4225043. (Please copy and paste URL into Web browser.)  The archived replay will be available beginning two hours after the conclusion of the live call and will remain available for one year.

Telephone Access:  Live and Replay

Telephone participants are requested to dial in by 7:50 AM.  The passcode is “McGraw-Hill” and the conference leader is Harold McGraw III.

  • For callers in the U.S.: (888) 391-6568
  • For callers outside the U.S.: +1 (415) 228-4733 (long distance charges will apply)

The recorded telephone replay will be available beginning two hours after the conclusion of the call and will remain available until December 5, 2011.

  • For callers in the U.S.: (800) 348-3514
  • For callers outside the U.S.: +1 (402) 220-9676 (long distance charges will apply)

Presenters’ Slides & Remarks

The presenters’ slides will be made available for downloading at the conclusion of the conference call/webcast on the corporations’ respective Investor Relations Web sites at www.mcgraw-hill.com/investor_relations and www.cmegroup.com.  The final prepared remarks will be available for downloading by the end of the business day.

Forward-looking Statements

The forward-looking statements in this news release involve risks and uncertainties and are subject to change based on various important factors, including worldwide economic, financial, liquidity, political and regulatory conditions; the health of debt and equity markets, including possible future interest rate changes; the successful marketing of competitive products; the effect of competitive products and pricing; the risk that the transactions described herein are not consummated on their terms; and other matters described in McGraw-Hill’s filings with the SEC.

About The McGraw-Hill Companies:  McGraw-Hill, which announced on September 12, 2011, its intention to separate into two public companies – McGraw-Hill Markets (working name), primarily focused on global capital and commodities markets and McGraw-Hill Education focused on digital learning and education services worldwide – is a leading global financial information and education company that helps professionals and students succeed in the Knowledge Economy.  Leading brands include Standard & Poor’s, S&P Capital IQ, S&P Indices, Platts energy information services, J.D. Power and Associates and McGraw-Hill Education.  With sales of $6.2 billion in 2010, the Corporation has approximately 21,000 employees across more than 280 offices in 40 countries.  Additional information is available at http://www.mcgraw-hill.com/.

About S&P Indices:  S&P Indices, a leading brand of The McGraw-Hill Companies, maintains a wide variety of investable and benchmark indices to meet an array of investor needs. Over $1.25 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/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, the leading measure of U.S. home prices, the S&P Global BMI, an index with approximately 11,000 constituents, the S&P GSCI, the industry’s most closely watched commodities index, and the S&P National AMT-Free Municipal Bond Index, the premier investable index for U.S. municipal bonds. For more information, please visit: www.standardandpoors.com/indices.

About CME Group:  As the world’s leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, CME Group (www.cmegroup.com) is where the world comes to manage risk.  CME Group exchanges offer the widest range of global benchmark products across all major asset classes, including futures and options based on interest rates, equity indexes, foreign exchange, energy, agricultural commodities, metals, weather and real estate.  CME Group brings buyers and sellers together through its CME Globex® electronic trading platform and its trading facilities in New York and Chicago.  CME Group also operates CME Clearing, one of the world’s leading central counterparty clearing providers, which offers clearing and settlement services for exchange-traded contracts, as well as for over-the-counter derivatives transactions through CME ClearPort®.  These products and services ensure that businesses everywhere can substantially mitigate counterparty credit risk in both listed and over-the-counter derivatives markets.

About Dow Jones Indexes:   Dow Jones Indexes is a leading full-service index provider that develops, maintains and licenses indexes for use as benchmarks and as the basis of investment products. Best-known for the Dow Jones Industrial Average, Dow Jones Indexes offers more than 130,000 equity indexes as well as fixed-income and alternative indexes, including measures of hedge funds, commodities and real estate. Dow Jones Indexes employs clear, unbiased and systematic methodologies that are fully integrated within index families. Dow Jones Indexes is part of a joint venture company owned 90 percent by CME Group and 10 percent by Dow Jones & Company, Inc., a News Corporation company (NASDAQ: NWS, NWSA; ASX: NWS, NWSLV).

Investors Relations Contacts:

McGraw-Hill
Donald S. Rubin
Senior Vice President, Investor Relations
(212) 512-4321 (office)
donald_rubin@mcgraw-hill.com

CME Group
John Peschier
Managing Director, Investor Relations
(312) 930-8491
john.peschier@cmegroup.com

News Media Contacts:

McGraw-Hill
Patti Rockenwagner
Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications
(212) 512-3533
patti_rockenwagner@mcgraw-hill.com

S&P Indices
David Guarino
Director, Communications
(212) 438-1471
dave_guarino@standardandpoors.com

CME Group
Laurie Bischel
Director, Corporate Marketing & Communications
(312) 907-0003
laurie.bischel@cmegroup.com

Web Site: http://www.mcgraw-hill.com

Financial Advisors Preparing for the Worst in October

Financial Advisors Preparing for the Worst in October-Image via Wikipedia

October is notorious for being a rollercoaster stock market month.  Some financial advisors are wasting no time in battening down the hatches.

“Crises that plagued the markets throughout September have historically reached a crescendo in October and this year is no exception,” says Randy Warren, chief investment officer at Warren Financial Service. “We’re shoring up protection for our portfolios and preparing for the worst.”

Warren Financial is pulling client assets out of high beta ETFs and mutual funds that don’t perform in a highly correlated, volatile market. The European debt crisis continues to cast a dark shadow over investor outlook, correlation is nearing an all-time high, and last week brought the greatest decline in major US equities since the outset of the financial crisis in October 2008. Mr. Warren is available to provide insight for investors seeking safety in this unstable environment.

Warren Financial Service, WFS Funds

Founded in 1965, Warren Financial Service provides professional and diligent investment advice for individuals, small/medium sized businesses, foundations, trusts, and executives.  Matched with its experience in investment management, private client relationships, philanthropy, and estate planning & administration, the firm brings a finely honed perspective to help investors achieve their objectives.

Visit us at www.wfsfunds.com.

Press Contact:
Phil Nourie / Nourie Johnson Communications
P. 212-922-1226
phil@nouriejohnson.com

Web Site: http://www.wfsfunds.com

Trading The Markets

If you have trading experience and have actually studied the data, you should know that Rising Volatility and Declining Volume on rallies are always associated with Bear Markets Rallies. Bull Markets are always accompanied by Rising Volume and steadily Increasing Prices.

For nearly 100 years, there was a standard rule for gauging long term Entry and Exit points in the Stock Market. If the DJIA Dividend Yield fell to 3%; sell and don’t come back until it was over 6%. This simple Rule of Thumb worked wonderfully until Doctor Greenspan became Wall Street’s Keynesian Master Bubble Maker in 1987. What ever happened to his belief in the GOLD STANDARD that he held up until he became Chairman? At the top of the 2000 Bull Market, the DJIA was only yielding 1.32%, not that anyone but me and a few others cared or even noticed. It’s a scary thought, but at the March 2009 Bottom, the DJIA Dividend Yield had only increased to 4.6%, and now it’s back below 3%. Dividends matter, especially during Bear Markets. When Capital Gains and decent Bond Yields become Distant Memories, the only logical reason for investors to buy stocks is to get higher and safer dividend yields than can be had from Treasuries because below the surface, there is nothing positive going on.

FINREG:

THE FRANK – DODD, SCREW AMERICA, BILL EXAMINED

Without blinking an eye the Administration did more yesterday to guarantee the next financial crisis than FDR did with his New Deal. With the single stroke of a pen, President Barack Obama set in motion 243 new formal rule-making bodies and 11 different federal agencies. Each of the 243 new bodies will create employment for hundreds of banking lobbyists as they try to shape what the final laws will actually look like. And when the rules are finally written, thousands of lawyers will bill millions of hours as the richest incumbent financial firms that caused the last crisis figure out how to manipulate the new system.

Yesterday, the Washington law firm, Jones Day snapped up the Securities and Exchange Commission head enforcement division lawyer, and J.P. Morgan Chase assigned more than 100 teams to examine the legislation. By delegating so much to the regulators, Congress is inviting everyone interested in the outcome to make more and more campaign contributions, as they will try and succeed in intervening in the regulatory process to influence the regulators. Nothing is settled.

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Stock Index for Forest Products Returns 7.8%

http://www.forestweb.com – Investors continued to buy forest products stocks in 2010, and although the Forestweb U.S. Forest Products Stock Index did not outpace any major indices last year, it did manage a decent gain.

The Index rose 7.8% for the year, closing Dec. 31, 2010, at 88.45. In comparison, the S&P 500 Index closed up 12.8% to 1,258 and the Dow Jones Industrial Index gained 10.9% to close at 11,573.

The Forestweb U.S. index is a comprehensive, 3-year-old index of 30 publicly traded forest products companies with headquarters in the U.S. It is a market cap-weighted index that continuously measures stock trading activity of major sector participants who manufacture wood, paper, pulp and packaging.

Gainers

Two small-cap pulp companies were the biggest gainers in 2010, with stocks that more than doubled thanks to higher prices for their products.

Mercer International Inc. (MERC) rose 170.0% to close the year at $7.75.

Buckeye Technologies (BKI) was up 125.2% to $21.01.

Decliners

Among the six stocks that lost value last year, Orchids Paper Co. (TIS) was the biggest, down 39.1%, closing at $12.24/share.

Another papermaker, Wausau Paper Corp. (WPP) fell 26.8%, closing at $8.61.

Pulp Tells the Story

The story behind the winners and losers was pulp. Both Mercer and Buckeye (whose stock was about $2 a share 18 months ago) sell market pulp, including specialty, high-priced types.

Wausau and Orchids, however, are pulp buyers. Orchids makes tissue and tissue makers were squeezed because of the higher pulp costs.

Integrated pulp and paper companies such as Domtar Inc. (UFS) – up 30.9% — and Boise Inc. (BZ) – up 57.3% — benefited because their costs for making uncoated freesheet were lower.

Clearwater Paper Corp. (CLW) benefited from the acquisition of Cellu Tissue Holdings and the fact it also makes pulp and paperboard, rising 32.3%. Its giant competitor, Kimberly-Clark Inc. (KMB), fell 2.6% in 2010.

Weyerhaeuser a special case among REITs

It’s important to note that while mathematically the biggest loser appeared to be Weyerhaeuser Co. (WY), the Index did not account for a “megadividend” the company paid to shareholders Sept. 1 when it converted to a real estate investment trust (REIT). Analysts said the $26.46/share dividend should be added back into the stock price to measure true performance since the company was a regularly traded stock at the beginning of the year.

Weyerhaeuser’s stock price was $44.28 on Jan. 4, 2010. On paper, it ended at $18.93 Dec. 31, but with the special dividend added back in, the adjusted close would have been $45.39, a gain of 2.5%.

The performance of other REITs in the Index was mixed. Rayonier Inc. (RYN), which makes pulp and sells timber, was up 25.1% for the year while Plum Creek Timber Co. (PCL), which sells wood, fell 0.2%.

Packaging companies generally did well. KapStone Paper and Packaging Co. (KS), which makes unbleached kraft and paperboard, rose 85.0% for the year. Graphic Packaging Holding Co. (GPK) was up 30.5%.

The Forestweb U.S. Forest Products Stock Index is available free at www.industryintel.com.

It is available at no charge and e-mailed each day at the close of the market to registered users who may sign up at http://my.forestweb.com/iiStockIndex.
About Forestweb/Industry Intelligence Inc.

Industry Intelligence Inc., along with its sister company Forestweb, specialize in providing market intelligence solutions for a diverse group of industries, including wood products, pulp and paper, timberlands, builders and developers, and packaging (paper and plastic).

As a Web-based provider of  news, data, commentary and analysis, Industry Intelligence delivers  comprehensive information management solutions.  By providing subscribers with exactly what they want, how they want it, when they want it and where they want it, they get a complete picture. This actionable intelligence allows each user to connect the dots between various market drivers so they can see their industry from all angles.

Founded in 1999, Los Angeles-based, Industry Intelligence Inc. and Forestweb Inc. have worked with more than 600 companies worldwide. For more information visit www.industryintel.com .

CONTACT: Matthew DeBord of Forestweb, +1-310-553-0008

Web Site: http://my.forestweb.com/iiStockIndex

Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index Gains 8.02 YTD

Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index Gains 8.02 YTD

Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index Gains 8.02 YTD

Final performance for the Dow Jones Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index (“Broad Index”) is confirmed up 1.92% in October and 8.02% YTD

Oliver Schupp, President of Credit Suisse Index Co., Inc., said, “The Dow Jones Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index rose 1.92% in October, with nine out of ten sectors posting positive performance for the month. Managed Futures was the top performing sector in October, finishing up 4.29% as trend followers capitalized on positive commodity market performance driven by the prospect of quantitative easing and concerns over limited sugar and wheat supplies. Meanwhile Long/Short Equity and Emerging Markets funds also posted gains of 2.00% and 2.21%, respectively, as equity markets continued to rally in October.”

Performance for the Broad Index and its ten sub-strategies is calculated monthly. October, September, and year-to-date performance numbers are listed below and are available at www.hedgeindex.com.

Index October 2010 September 2010 YTD
Broad Index 1.92% 3.43% 8.02%
Convertible Arbitrage 1.98% 1.11% 9.64%
Dedicated Short Bias -3.60% -11.28% -15.64%
Emerging Markets 2.21% 4.77% 10.10%
Equity Market Neutral 0.93% 3.66% -0.03%
Event Driven 1.80% 3.20% 8.22%
Distressed 1.32% 2.07% 6.98%
Event Driven Multi-Strategy 2.17% 4.03% 9.10%
Risk Arbitrage -0.62% 2.31% 3.50%
Fixed Income Arbitrage 1.10% 1.55% 11.00%
Global Macro 1.62% 2.72% 11.10%
Long/Short Equity 2.00% 5.09% 5.18%
Managed Futures 4.29% 2.77% 11.00%
Multi-Strategy 2.03% 2.79% 7.14%
Dow Jones Industrial Average* 3.21% 7.85% 8.96%
Dow Jones World Index 3.52% 9.54% 6.50%
*Total Return Index

The following funds were added to the Broad Index in October: Brummer & Partners Karakoram, Macquarie Asian Alpha Fund, Matterhorn Palymyra Fund, Athena UI Fund, PIMCO Unconstrained Bond Fund, 5:15 Partners, HSBC GIF – Global Macro, Brummer and Partners Manticore, GLG Pure Alpha (UCITS III) Fund.

The following funds are no longer reporting to the Broad Index:  Plexus Fund Ltd., Lazard European Explorer Master Fund LP, Absolute Partners.

The Broad Index is constructed using the Credit Suisse database of more than 8,000 hedge funds.  It includes both open and closed funds located in the U.S. and offshore, but does not include fund of funds.  In order to qualify for inclusion in the index selection universe, a fund must have a minimum of USD 50 million under management, a 12-month track record, and audited financial statements. Index funds are selected using a formula based on assets under management, which ensures that the Index represents at least 85% of total assets in each of ten strategy-based sectors in the selection universe. In order to minimize survivorship bias, funds are not excluded until they liquidate or fail to meet the reporting requirements.  The Broad Index is calculated as a total return index on a monthly basis, adjusted for asset in- and outflows, including a reselection according to the procedure outlined above, on a quarterly basis.

The Dow Jones Credit Suisse family of hedge fund indexes includes four separate indexes:

1.  The Dow Jones Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index (formerly known as the Credit Suisse/Tremont Hedge Fund Index) is an asset-weighted benchmark that measures hedge fund performance and seeks to provide the most accurate representation of the hedge fund universe.

2.  The Dow Jones Credit Suisse AllHedge Index (formerly known as the Credit Suisse/Tremont AllHedge Index) is an investable index comprised of all 10 Dow Jones Credit Suisse AllHedge Strategy Indexes weighted according to the sector weights of the Broad Index.

3.  The Dow Jones Credit Suisse Blue Chip Hedge Fund Index (formerly known as the Credit Suisse/Tremont Investable Hedge Fund Index) is an investable index comprised of 60 of the largest funds across the ten style-based sectors in the Broad Index.

4.  The Dow Jones Credit Suisse LEA Hedge Fund Index (formerly known as the Credit Suisse/Tremont LEA Hedge Fund Index) is an asset-weighted, composite index which provides insight in to three specific regions of the emerging markets hedge fund universe (Latin America, EEMEA (Emerging Europe, Middle East and Africa) and Asia).

In accordance with the Dow Jones Credit Suisse Blue Chip Hedge Fund Index Rules and the Dow Jones Credit Suisse AllHedge Strategy Index Rules, Credit Suisse Hedge Index LLC is publishing the following notice:

The following funds are in a Special Rebalancing Situation: Alexandra Global Investment Fund I Ltd., Bennelong Asia Pacific Multi Strategy Equity Master Fund Ltd., Canyon Value Realization Fund (Cayman) Ltd., Castlerigg International Limited, Centaur Classic Convertible Arbitrage Fund Ltd., Contrarian Fund I Offshore Ltd., Deephaven Global Multi-Strategy Fund, Drawbridge Global Macro Fund Ltd. – SPV Assets, Firebird Avrora Fund Ltd, GLG European Long Short Fund Ltd., GLG Market Neutral Fund Ltd., Global GT Ltd., Gramercy Offshore Fund (SPV) SPC, JANA Offshore Partners Ltd., Jayhawk China Fund (Cayman) Ltd., Longacre International Ltd., Owl Creek Overseas Fund Ltd., Ramius Multi-Strategy Fund Ltd., Renaissance Institutional Equities Fund International, L.P., Seneca Capital International, Ltd., Shepherd Select Asset Ltd., Thales International Fund Ltd., and WGTC Ltd.

About Dow Jones Indexes

Dow Jones Indexes (www.djindexes.com) is a leading full-service index provider that develops, maintains and licenses indexes for use as benchmarks and as the basis of investment products. Best-known for the Dow Jones Industrial Average, Dow Jones Indexes offers more than 130,000 equity indexes as well as fixed-income and alternative indexes, including measures of hedge funds, commodities and real estate. Dow Jones Indexes employs clear, unbiased and systematic methodologies that are fully integrated within index families. Dow Jones Indexes, is part of a joint venture company which is owned 90 percent by CME Group Inc. (www.cmegroup.com) and 10 percent by Dow Jones & Company (www.dowjones.com), a News Corporation company (Nasdaq: NWS, NWSA; ASX: NWS, NWSLV; www.newscorp.com).

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Credit Suisse AG is one of the world’s leading financial services providers and is part of the Credit Suisse group of companies (referred to here as ‘Credit Suisse’). As an integrated bank, Credit Suisse offers clients its combined expertise in the areas of private banking, investment banking and asset management. Credit Suisse provides advisory services, comprehensive solutions and innovative products to companies, institutional clients and high-net-worth private clients globally, as well as to retail clients in Switzerland. Credit Suisse is headquartered in Zurich and operates in over 50 countries worldwide. The group employs approximately 50,500 people. The registered shares (CSGN) of Credit Suisse’s parent company, Credit Suisse Group AG, are listed in Switzerland and, in the form of American Depositary Shares (CS), in New York. Further information about Credit Suisse can be found at www.credit-suisse.com.

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In its Asset Management business, Credit Suisse offers products across a broad spectrum of investment classes, including hedge funds, credit, index, real estate, commodities and private equity products, as well as multi-asset class solutions, which include equities and fixed income products. Credit Suisse’s Asset Management business manages portfolios, mutual funds and other investment vehicles for a broad spectrum of clients ranging from governments, institutions and corporations to private individuals. With offices focused on asset management in 19 countries, Credit Suisse’s Asset Management business is operated as a globally integrated network to deliver the bank’s best investment ideas and capabilities to clients around the world.

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Copyright © 2010, CREDIT SUISSE GROUP AG and/or its affiliates.  All rights reserved.

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