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I don't think the Indices take into account projected growth when deciding what companies to include in the index. I beleive it is strictly a market capitalization call. You would get much more infor if you go to the investor's roundtable boards and post this on the mutual funds board. As far as I know they indices periodically review the make up of the index and change the bottom few every so often. So if the 501st largest company passed the 500th company for a week or two in market capitalization, I don't think that would be enough for it to replace it on the index. I'm sure it would have to hold that position for a while before it is included. Maybe someone else can give a much more detailed answer as to how the indices set criteria for inclusion on the various indexes.

Bill
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