MSCI reclassifies stock indexes, adds Twitter to world index

NEW YORK Thu May 15, 2014 5:22am IST

The Twitter logo is pictured at its headquarters on Market Street in San Francisco, California April 29, 2014. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith/Files

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Equity index provider MSCI reclassified equities across a broad spectrum of markets on Wednesday as part of its semi-annual review, adding among others U.S. social networking company Twitter Inc TWTR.N to its world index.

It reclassified Qatar and United Arab Emirates to emerging market from frontier-market status as expected. Qatar will have a 0.47 percent weighting in the MSCI Emerging Market index .MSCIEF, while UAE will have 0.58 percent.

About $8 trillion is benchmarked to MSCI indexes. The emerging markets index .MSCIEF is up 2.9 percent so far this year, while the all world index has risen 2.1 percent.

Twitter is one of the biggest additions to the MSCI All World index .MIWD00000PUS, which will add 58 companies and eliminate 45 at the end of May.

MSCI added 10 Qatar companies and nine UAE companies to the all world index and to the emerging markets index.

Qatar National Bank SAQ QNBK.QA, Industries Qatar QSC IQCD.QA and National Bank of Abu Dhabi PJSC NBAD.AD will be the biggest additions to the emerging market index.

The MSCI China A index will get Shanghai Raas Blood Products Co Ltd 002252.SZ, Shanghai Waigaoqiao Free Trade Zone Development Co Ltd 600648.SS and Dongxu Optoelectronic Technology Co Ltd 000413.SZ.

In all, 13 securities will be added to the MSCI China A Index, while 33 will be deleted.

Thirteen securities will be added to the MSCI Frontier Markets Index and 30 will be deleted. Two of the largest additions will be from Pakistan - Pakistan Tobacco Company Ltd PAKT.KA and K-Electric Ltd KELE.KA.

All changes will be implemented as of the close on May 30.

(Reporting by Caroline Valetkevitch. Editing by Andre Grenon)

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