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Nielsen Set to Join the S&P 500

July 1, 2013

NEW YORK, July 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Nielsen Holdings N.V. (NYSE: NLSN) will replace Sprint Nextel Corp. (NYSE: S) in the S&P 500 after the close of trading on Monday, July 8. SoftBank Corp. is acquiring a substantial stake in Sprint in a deal expected to be completed soon pending final approvals. As a result of the transaction, Sprint’s public float is expected to fall substantially below the 50% public float criteria necessary for continued inclusion in the index.

Nielsen Holdings is an information and measurement company. Headquartered in New York, NY, the company will be added to the S&P 500 GICS (Global Industry Classification Standard) Research & Consulting Services Sub-Industry index.

Following is a summary of the change:

                              S&P 500 INDEX - July 8, 2013
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                  COMPANY             GICS ECONOMIC SECTOR             GICS SUB-INDUSTRY
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      ADDED  Nielsen Holdings              Industrials          Research & Consulting Services
      -----  ----------------              -----------          ------------------------------

     DELETED   Sprint Nextel       Telecommunication Services Wireless Telecommunication Services
     -------   -------------       -------------------------- -----------------------------------

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