Halter USX China Index Up 61.75% for 2009

For the fourth quarter and for the year 2009, the Halter USX China Index (NYSE Arca: HXC) was up 5.06% and 61.75% respectively. During the same period (fourth quarter and year end), the Dow Jones Industrial Average increased by 7.37% and 18.82% respectively, while the NASDAQ finished up 6.91% and up 43.89%.

HXC is also pleased to announce the inclusion of 20 new constituents to its existing index of China-focused, U.S. listed companies including: Winner Medical Group, Inc. (AMEX: WWIN) a research, development, manufacture, and marketing company for medical dressings and medical disposables; China Nutrifruit Group Limited (AMEX: CNGL) which produces specialty fruit based products; Shanda Games Limited (NASDAQ: GAME) that develops and operates games online; Gulf Resources, Inc. (NASDAQ: GFRE) that engages in the manufacture and trade of bromine and crude salt; China XD Plastics Company, Ltd. (NASDAQ: CXDC) which develops, manufactures, and markets modified plastics primarily for use in the automotive industry; China Valves Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: CVVT) a developer, manufacturer, and seller of low, medium, and high-pressure metal valves; China MediaExpress Holdings, Inc. (AMEX: CCME) that provides television advertising services on inter-city express buses; Lihua International, Inc. (NASDAQ: LIWA) an operator and manufacturer of copper replacement products for magnet and fine wire markets; China Real Estate Information Corporation (NASDAQ CRIC) which engages in the provision of real estate information and consulting services, and real estate advertising services; AutoChina International, Ltd. (NASDAQ: AUTC) that operates as a commercial vehicle financing and passenger automobile sales company; China Biologic Products, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBPO) a fully integrated biologic products company with plasma collection, production and manufacturing, research and development, and commercial operations; China Pharma Holdings, Inc. (AMEX: CPHI) which develops, manufactures, markets, and sells pharmaceuticals and nutritional supplements; Kandi Technologies, Corp. (NASDAQ: KNDI) that is engaged in the design, development, manufacture, and commercialization of all-terrain vehicles, go-karts, and specialized automobile related products; Yuhe International, Inc. (NASDAQ: YUII) which engages in the supply of day-old chickens raised for meat production or broilers; Puda Coal, Inc. (AMEX: PUDA) a supplier of metallurgical coking coal to the industrial sector; Hong Kong Highpower Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: HPJ) engages in the research, development, manufacture, marketing, and sale of nickel metal hydride rechargeable batteries; ZST Digital Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZSTN) which develops, manufactures, and supplies digital and optical network equipment to cable system operators; American Lorain Corporation (AMEX: ALN) that engages in the development, manufacture, and sale of various food products; China Advanced Construction Materials Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: CADC) a producer and supplier of ready mix concrete materials for the commercial, residential, and infrastructure developments; and Ninetowns Internet Technology Group Company Limited (NASDAQ: NINE) which engages in the sale of enterprise software and provision of the related after-sales maintenance services; and provision of software development and business-to-business (B2B) search services.

About the Halter USX China Index

The Index, created by the Halter Financial Group and calculated and distributed by the NYSE Arca, is comprised of companies whose common stock is publicly traded in the United States and the majority of whose business is conducted within the People's Republic of China. The Halter USX China Index was created in response to the unique economic opportunities taking place in China, as well as the current dynamics in the United States capital markets. While there is strong demand for Chinese equity, U.S. investors still seek and prefer the transparency offered with a U.S. listing. For a company to be included in the Halter USX China Index it must conduct a majority of its business in China, maintain an average market cap of over $50 million for the preceding 40 trading days, trade on the NYSE, NYSE Amex or NASDAQ and be approved by USX Selection Committee. Investors can gain exposure to the Index by investing in an exchange-traded fund (ETF), the PowerShares Golden Dragon Halter USX China Portfolio (NYSE Arca: PGJ). For more information please visit www.usxchinaindex.com. The following 159 public companies currently comprise the Halter USX China Index:

3SBio, Inc. (NASDAQ:SSRX)

51 Job, Inc. (NASDAQ: JOBS)

A-Power Energy Generation Systems (NASDAQ: APWR)

Acorn International, Inc. (NYSE:ATV)

Actions Semiconductor Co (NASDAQ: ACTS)

Advanced Battery Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: ABAT)

AgFeed Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ: FEED)

Agria Corp. (NYSE: GRO)

AirMedia Group, Inc (NASDAQ: AMCN)

Aluminum Corp. of China Ltd. (NYSE: ACH)

American Dairy, Inc (NYSE:ADY)

American Lorain Corporation (AMEX: ALN)

American Oriental Bioengineering, Inc. (NYSE: AOB)

AsiaInfo Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: ASIA)

ATA, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATAI)

AutoChina International, Ltd. (NASDAQ: AUTC)

Baidu.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: BIDU)

BMP Sunstone Corporation (NASDAQ: BJGP)

Canadian Solar, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSIQ)

CDC Corp (NASDAQ: CHINA)

Changyou.com Limited (NASDAQ: CYOU)

China Advanced Construction Materials Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: CADC)

China Agritech, Inc. (NASDAQ: CAGC)

China Architectural Engineering (NASDAQ: CAEI)

China Auto Logistics, Inc. (NASDAQ: CALI)

China Automotive Systems Inc (NASDAQ: CAAS)

China BAK Battery, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBAK)

China Biologic Products, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBPO)

China Digital TV Holdings Co., LTD. (NYSE: STV)

China Distance Education Holdings Limited (NYSE: DL)

China Eastern Airlines Corporation Ltd. (NYSE: CEA)

China Finance Online (NASDAQ: JRJC)

China Fire & Security Group (NASDAQ: CFSG)

China Green Agriculture, Inc. (NYSE Amex: CGA)

China GrenTech Corporation Limited (NASDAQ: GRRF)

China Housing and Land Development, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHLN)

China Information Security Technology, Inc (NASDAQ: CPBY)

China Infrastructure Investment (NASDAQ: CIIC)

China Integrated Energy, Inc (NASDAQ: CBEH)

China Life Insurance Co Ltd (NYSE: LFC)

China Marine Food Group Limited (AMEX: CMFO)

China Mass Media Corp. (NYSE: CMM)

China MediaExpress Holdings, Inc. (AMEX: CCME)

China Medical Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: CMED)

China Mobile Hong Kong Ltd. (NYSE: CHL)

China Natural Gas, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHNG)

China Natural Resources, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHNR)

China Nepstar Chain Drugstore Ltd. (NYSE:NPD)

China North East Petroleum Holdings Limited (AMEX: NEP)

China Nutrifruit Group Limited (AMEX: CNGL)

China Petroleum and Chemical Corp (Sinopec) (NYSE: SNP)

China Pharma Holdings, Inc. (AMEX: CPHI)

China Precision Steel, Inc. (NASDAQ: CPSL)

China Real Estate Information Corporation (NASDAQ CRIC)

China Ritar Power Corp. (NASDAQ: CRTP)

China Security & Surveillance Technology, Inc. (NYSE: CSR)

China Sky One Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSKI)

China Southern Airlines Company Ltd. (NYSE: ZNH)

China Sunergy Co. Ltd. (NASDAQ: CSUN)

China Techfaith Wireless Communication Technology Ltd. (NASDAQ: CNTF)

China Telecom Corporation Ltd (NYSE: CHA)

China TransInfo Technology Corp (NASDAQ: CTFO)

China Unicom Ltd (NYSE: CHU)

China Valves Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: CVVT)

China XD Plastics Company, Ltd. (NASDAQ: CXDC)

China Yuchai International Ltd. (NYSE: CYD)

China-Biotics, Inc.(NASDAQ: CHBT)

ChinaCast Education Corp. (NASDAQ: CAST)

ChinaEdu Corp. (NASDAQ: CEDU)

Chindex International Inc (NASDAQ:CHDX)

Cninsure, Inc. (NASDAQ:CISG)

CNOOC Ltd. (NYSE: CEO)

Cogo Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: COGO)

Ctrip.com (NASDAQ: CTRP)

Deer Consumer Products, Inc. (NASDAQ: DEER)

E-House (China) Holdings Limited (NYSE: EJ)

eLong (NASDAQ: LONG)

Focus Media Holding Ltd. (NASDAQNM: FMCN)

Fuqi International, Inc. (NASDAQ: FUQI)

Fushi International, Inc (NASDAQ:FSIN)

General Steel Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: GSI)

Giant Interactive Group, Inc. (NYSE:GA)

Global Sources Ltd (NASDAQ:GSOL)

Guangshen Railway Co Ltd (NYSE: GSH)

Gulf Resources, Inc. (NASDAQ: GFRE)

Gushan Environmental Energy Ltd. (NYSE: GU)

Harbin Electric, Inc. (NASDAQ: HRBN)

HLS Systems International, Ltd. (NASDAQ: HOLI)

Home Inns & Hotels Management, Inc. (NASDAQ: HMIN)

Hong Kong Highpower Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: HPJ)

HQ Sustainable Maritime Industries, Inc. (NYSE Amex: HQS)

HuaNeng Power International, Inc. (NYSE: HNP)

Hurray! Holding Co., Ltd.(NASDAQ: HRAY)

JA Solar Holdings (Nasdaq:JASO)

Jinpan International Limited (NASDAQ; JST)

Kandi Technologies, Corp. (NASDAQ: KNDI)

KongZhong Corporation (NASDAQ: KONG)

LDK Solar Co. Ltd. (NYSE: LDK)

Lihua International, Inc. (NASDAQ: LIWA)

Linktone Ltd. (NASDAQ: LTON)

Longtop Financial Technologies Limited (NYSE: LFT)

Mindray Medical International Ltd (NYSE:MR)

Nam Tai Electronics Inc (NYSE: NTE)

Netease.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTES)

New Oriental Education & Technology Group, Inc. (NYSE:EDU)

Ninetowns Internet Technology Group Company Limited (NASDAQ: NINE)

NIVS IntelliMedia Technology Group, Inc. (AMEX: NIV)

Noah Education Holdings, Ltd. (NYSE: NED)

Origin Agritech Limited (NASDAQ: SEED)

Perfect World Co., Ltd. (NASDAQ: PWRD)

PetroChina Co. Ltd. (NYSE: PTR)

Puda Coal, Inc. (AMEX: PUDA)

Qiao Xing Mobile Com (NYSE:QXM)

Qiao Xing Universal Telephone (NASDAQ: XING)

ReneSola, Ltd. (NYSE: SOL)

RINO International Corporation (NASDAQ: RINO)

Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp (NYSE: SMI)

Shanda Games Limited (NASDAQ: GAME)

Shanda Interactive Entertainment Ltd (NASDAQ: SNDA)

Shengdatech Inc (NASDAQ:SDTH)

Silvercorp Metals Inc. (NYSE Amex: SVM)

Simcere Pharmaceutical Group (NYSE: SCR)

Sina Corporation (NASDAQ: SINA)

SinoHub Inc. (AMEX: SIHI)

Sinopec Shanghai Petrochemcial Co. Ltd. (NYSE: SHI)

Sinovac Biotech, Ltd. (NYSE Amex: SVA)

Skystar Bio Pharmaceutical Company (NASDAQ: SKBI)

Sohu.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: SOHU)

Solarfun Power Holdings Co., Ltd. (NASDAQ:SOLF)

SORL Auto Parts, Inc.(NASDAQ: SORL)

Spreadtrum Communications, Inc.(NASDAQ: SPRD)

Suntech Power Holdings Co. Ltd. (NYSE: STP)

Sutor Technology Group, Ltd. (NASDAQ: SUTR)

Synutra International, Inc.(NASDAQ: SYUT)

Telestone Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: TSTC)

The9 Limited (NASDAQ: NCTY)

Tianyin Pharmaceutical Company, Inc. (AMEX: TPI)

Tiens Biotech Group (NYSE Amex: TBV)

Tongjitang Chinese Medicines (NYSE:TCM)

Tongxin International Limited (NASDAQ: TXIC)

Trina Solar Limited (NYSE:TSL)

Universal Travel Group (AMEX: UTA)

UTStarcom Inc (NASDAQ: UTSI)

VanceInfo Technologies Inc. (NYSE: VIT)

Vimicro International Corp. (NASDAQ; VIMC)

VisionChina Media Inc. (NASDAQ:VISN)

Winner Medical Group, Inc. (AMEX: WWIN)

Wonder Automotive Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:WATG)

WSP Holdings Ltd. (NYSE:WH)

Wuhan General Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: WUHN)

WuXi Pharma Tech (Caymen) Inc. (NYSE: WX)

Xinhua Sports & Entertainment Limited (NASDAQ: XSEL)

Xinyuan Real Estate Company Ltd. (NYSE:XIN)

Yanzhou Coal Mining Co. Ltd. (NYSE: YZC)

Yingli Green Energy Holdings Co. Ltd. (NYSE:YGE)

Yucheng Technologies Limited (NASDAQ:YTEC)

Yuhe International, Inc. (NASDAQ: YUII)

Zhongpin, Inc. (NASDAQ; HOGS)

ZST Digital Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZSTN)

The information in this news release includes certain forward looking statements that are based upon assumptions that in the future may prove not to have been accurate and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties, including statements to the future financial performance of the Company. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in its forward looking statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance that such expectations or any of its forward- looking statements will prove to be correct. Factors that could cause results to differ include, but are not limited to, successful performance of internal plans, product development and acceptance, the impact of competitive services and pricing, or general economic risks and uncertainties.

Contacts:

Halter USX China Index
Chelsea Kindred, 972-233-0300
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