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AMEX to Begin Trading Options on iShares

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Today, AMEX announced that it will begin trading options on the iShares Russell 1000 Index Fund, an exchange-traded fund (ETF) managed by Barclays Global Investors (BGI). The announcement hails the first time an option will be traded on an ETF that tracks a broad-based, domestic small- and large-cap stock index.

AMEX also announced that on Wednesday, 10/18/2000, it will begin trading options on three additional iShares: the Russell 2000 Index Fund , the Russell 2000 Growth Index Fund, and the Russell 2000 Value Index Fund.

"Options on exchange-traded funds are a natural for the AMEX, as they link our three main product lines - options, ETFs and equities," said Salvatore F. Sodano, Chairman and CEO of AMEX.

Top 25 Stock Holdings of the iShares Russell 1000 Index Fund:

Rank
Ticker
Security Name
Price
Portfolio Weight %
1 GE General Electric Co
57.69
4.31%
2 CSCO Cisco Systems Inc
55.25
2.96%
3 XOM Exxon Mobil Corp
89.13
2.35%
4 PFE Pfizer Inc
44.94
2.14%
5 INTC Intel Corp
41.63
2.11%
6 C Citigroup Inc
54.06
1.84%
7 MSFT Microsoft Corp
60.25
1.78%
8 EMC EMC Corp
99.13
1.63%
9 IBM International Business Machines Corp
112.50
1.50%
10 AIG American International Group Inc
95.69
1.44%
11 SUNW Sun Microsystems Inc
116.75
1.40%
12 MRK Merck & Co Inc
74.44
1.29%
13 SBC SBC Communications Inc
50.00
1.28%
14 ORCL Oracle Systems Corp
78.75
1.28%
15 VZ Verizon Communications
48.44
1.00%
16 WMT Wal-Mart Stores Inc
48.13
0.99%
17 JNJ Johnson & Johnson
93.94
0.99%
18 AOL America Online Inc
53.75
0.94%
19 HD Home Depot Inc
53.06
0.93%
20 BMY Bristol-Myers Squibb Co
57.13
0.85%
21 T AT&T Corp
29.38
0.83%
22 KO The Coca-Cola Co
55.13
0.83%
23 MWD Morgan Stanley Dean Witter Discover & Co
91.44
0.79%
24 LU Lucent Technologies Inc
30.56
0.77%
25 PG Proctor & Gamble Co
67.00
0.67%

 

Source: iShares.com