Standard & Poor's Announces Change to U.S. Index

NEW YORK, Aug. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Valassis Communications Inc. (NYSE: VCI) will replace Immucor Inc. (NASD: BLUD) in the S&P MidCap 400 index after the close of trading on Thursday, August 18, 2011.  Immucor is being acquired by TPG Partners in a deal expected to be completed soon pending final approvals.

Standard & Poor's will monitor this transaction, and post any relevant updates on its website:

Valassis Communications, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a media and marketing services company.  Headquartered in Livonia, MI, the company will be added to the S&P MidCap 400 GICS (Global Industry Classification Standard) Publishing Sub-Industry index.

Following is a summary of the change:

S&P MIDCAP 400 INDEX  – August 18, 2011





Valassis Communications

Consumer Discretionary



Immucor Inc.

Health Care

Health Care Supplies

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SOURCE Standard & Poor's

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