QIAGEN N.V. (NASDAQ: QGEN; Frankfurt, Prime Standard: QIA) today announced that its common shares were added to the U.S. large-cap Russell 1000 Index and the broad-market Russell 3000 Index. This change came into effect when Russell Investments reconstituted its equity indexes after the close of markets on June 24, 2011. The Russell indexes are widely used by participants in the capital markets, including index funds and as portfolio benchmarks for investment strategies.
"We are pleased that QIAGEN's common shares have been included in the Russell indexes. This inclusion provides further support and liquidity for QIAGEN's common shares, and thereby more benefits to participating in QIAGEN's growth and creation of value for shareholders," said Peer M. Schatz, CEO of QIAGEN.
QIAGEN common shares have traded on The NASDAQ Stock Market since the Company's initial public offering on June 28, 1996, and on the Prime Standard Segment of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange since January 1, 2003.