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Annual Changes to the NASDAQ US Broad Dividend Achiever Index

NEW YORK, March 16, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:NDAQ) today announced the results of the annual evaluation of the NASDAQ US Broad Dividend Achievers™ Index (Nasdaq:DAA), which will become effective prior to market open on Monday, March 23, 2015.

The following thirty-seven securities will be added to the Index: AmerisourceBergen Corporation (NYSE:ABC), Assurant, Inc. (NYSE:AIZ), AmeriGas Partners, L.P. (NYSE:APU), Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE:BBY), Compass Minerals International, Inc. (NYSE:CMP), Costco Wholesale Corporation (Nasdaq:COST), Crane Co. (NYSE:CR), CSX Corporation (NYSE:CSX), Digital Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE:DLR), Darden Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE:DRI), Duke Energy Corporation (NYSE:DUK), Edison International (NYSE:EIX), Equity LifeStyle Properties, Inc. (NYSE:ELS), The Gap, Inc. (NYSE:GPS), Holly Energy Partners, L.P. (NYSE:HEP), Invesco Ltd. (NYSE:IVZ), J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. (Nasdaq:JBHT), J & J Snack Foods Corp. (Nasdaq:JJSF), Kellogg Company (NYSE:K), L-3 Communications Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:LLL), Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq:MSFT), NACCO Industries, Inc. (NYSE:NC), Pall Corporation (NYSE:PLL), Perrigo Company plc (NYSE:PRGO), Ryder System, Inc. (NYSE:R), Reynolds American Inc. (NYSE:RAI), Regal Beloit Corporation (NYSE:RBC), Robert Half International Inc. (NYSE:RHI), Raytheon Company (NYSE:RTN), SJW Corp. (NYSE:SJW), Silgan Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq:SLGN), First Financial Corporation (Nasdaq:THFF), VSE Corporation (Nasdaq:VSEC), Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), Westlake Chemical Corporation (NYSE:WLK), Xilinx, Inc. (Nasdaq:XLNX) and YUM! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM).

The NASDAQ US Broad Dividend Achiever Index is comprised of US accepted securities with at least ten consecutive years of increasing annual regular dividend payments. The NASDAQ US Broad Dividend Achiever Index is reviewed on an annual basis. For more information about the NASDAQ US Broad Dividend Achiever Index, including detailed eligibility criteria, visit indexes.nasdaqomx.com.

As a result of the evaluation, the following nine securities will be removed from the Index: Connecticut Water Service, Inc. (Nasdaq:CTWS), Diebold, Incorporated (NYSE:DBD), Family Dollar Stores, Inc. (NYSE:FDO), Intel Corporation (Nasdaq:INTC), Pentair plc. (NYSE:PNR), PartnerRe Ltd. (NYSE:PRE), Sigma-Aldrich Corporation (Nasdaq:SIAL), Senior Housing Properties Trust (NYSE:SNH) and 1st Source Corporation (Nasdaq:SRCE).

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