BlackRock Announces Estimated 2011 Annual Capital Gains Distributions for the iShares(R) Funds

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 11/17/11 --

(TSX:XAL)(TSX:XBB)(TSX:XBM)(TSX:XBZ)(TSX:XCB)(TSX:XCG)(TSX:XCH)(TSX:XCR)(TSX:XCS)(TSX:XCV)(TSX:XDV)(TSX:XEB)(TSX:XEG)(TSX:XEI)(TSX:XEM)(TSX:XEN)(TSX:XFN)(TSX:XGB)(TSX:XGC)(TSX:XGD)(TSX:XGR)(TSX:XHB)(TSX:XHC)(TSX:XHY)(TSX:XIC)(TSX:XID)(TSX:XIG)(TSX:XIN)(TSX:XIT)(TSX:XIU)(TSX:XLA)(TSX:XLB)(TSX:XMA)(TSX:XMD)(TSX:XPF)(TSX:XQQ)(TSX:XRB)(TSX:XRE)(TSX:XSB)(TSX:XSH)(TSX:XSP)(TSX:XST)(TSX:XSU)(TSX:XTR)(TSX:XUT)(TSX:XVX)(TSX:XWD)

BlackRock Asset Management Canada Limited, an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE:BLK), today announced the estimated annual capital gains distributions for the iShares® Funds listed below for the 2011 tax year. Please note that these are estimated amounts only as of November 4, 2011 and include forward-looking information which may cause the estimates to change before the Funds' December 15, 2011 tax year-end. These estimates are for the year-end capital gains distributions only, which are typically reinvested rather than paid in cash, and do not include estimates of ongoing monthly, quarterly, or semi-annual cash distribution amounts.

We expect to announce the final year-end distribution amounts, as well as the monthly, quarterly, and semi-annual cash distribution amounts, on or about December 16, 2011. The ex-dividend date for the 2011 annual distributions will be December 23, 2011. The record date for the 2011 annual distributions will be December 29, 2011. The actual taxable amounts of reinvested and cash distributions for 2011, including the tax characteristics of the distributions, will be reported to brokers (through CDS Clearing and Depository Services Inc. or "CDS") in early 2012.


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                                                            Estimated annual
                                           Net asset value capital gain as %
                                    Fund (NAV) per unit at  of NAV at Nov 4,
Fund Name                         Ticker       Nov 4, 2011              2011
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iShares Alternatives Completion                                             
 Portfolio Builder Fund              XAL          25.39778             1.18%
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iShares DEX Universe Bond Index                                             
 Fund                                XBB          31.05516             0.32%
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iShares S&P®/TSX® Global Base                                           
 Metals Index Fund                   XBM          15.73875             0.00%
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iShares MSCI Brazil Index Fund       XBZ          17.44076             0.00%
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iShares DEX All Corporate Bond                                              
 Index Fund                          XCB          20.96374             0.13%
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iShares Dow Jones Canada Select                                             
 Growth Index Fund                   XCG          24.25012             0.00%
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iShares China Index Fund             XCH          18.55672             0.00%
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iShares Conservative Core                                                   
 Portfolio Builder Fund              XCR          23.06512             2.69%
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iShares S&P/TSX SmallCap Index                                              
 Fund                                XCS          16.40379             4.78%
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iShares Dow Jones Canada Select                                             
 Value Index Fund                    XCV          19.47951             1.17%
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iShares Dow Jones Canada Select                                             
 Dividend Index Fund                 XDV          20.25574             1.11%
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iShares J.P. Morgan USD Emerging                                            
 Markets Bond Index Fund (CAD-                                              
 Hedged)                             XEB          20.92064             0.00%
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iShares S&P/TSX Capped Energy                                               
 Index Fund                          XEG          17.59613             0.00%
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iShares S&P/TSX Equity Income                                               
 Index Fund                          XEI          18.94820             0.00%
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iShares MSCI Emerging Markets                                               
 Index Fund                          XEM          23.67993             0.00%
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iShares Jantzi Social Index Fund     XEN          16.56468             0.00%
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iShares S&P/TSX Capped Financials                                           
 Index Fund                          XFN          21.09404             0.16%
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iShares DEX All Government Bond                                             
 Index Fund                          XGB          21.68832             0.05%
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iShares Global Completion                                                   
 Portfolio Builder Fund              XGC          24.26625             0.42%
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iShares S&P/TSX Global Gold Index                                           
 Fund                                XGD          26.50606             0.94%
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iShares Growth Core Portfolio                                               
 Builder Fund                        XGR          24.20466             1.70%
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iShares DEX HYBrid Bond Index                                               
 Fund                                XHB          20.32244             0.00%
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iShares S&P Global Healthcare                                               
 Index Fund (CAD-Hedged)             XHC          19.80224             0.00%
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iShares U.S. High Yield Bond                                                
 Index Fund (CAD-Hedged)             XHY          20.39703             0.67%
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iShares S&P/TSX Capped Composite                                            
 Index Fund                          XIC          19.56983             0.25%
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iShares S&P CNX Nifty India Index                                           
 Fund                                XID          19.19366             0.00%
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iShares U.S. IG Corporate Bond                                              
 Index Fund (CAD-Hedged)             XIG          22.20069             1.73%
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iShares MSCI EAFE® Index Fund                                             
 (CAD-Hedged)                        XIN          15.86455             0.00%
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iShares S&P/TSX Capped                                                      
 Information Technology Index                                               
 Fund                                XIT           6.71038             0.00%
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iShares S&P/TSX 60 Index Fund        XIU          17.72313             0.00%
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iShares S&P Latin America 40                                                
 Index Fund                          XLA          19.70560             0.00%
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iShares DEX Long Term Bond Index                                            
 Fund                                XLB          22.37506             0.43%
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iShares S&P/TSX Capped Materials                                            
 Index Fund                          XMA          22.20932             1.30%
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iShares S&P/TSX Completion Index                                            
 Fund                                XMD          21.73967             0.00%
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iShares S&P/TSX North American                                              
 Preferred Stock Index Fund (CAD-                                           
 Hedged)                             XPF          19.42435             0.00%
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iShares NASDAQ 100 Index Fund                                               
 (CAD-Hedged)                        XQQ          19.67696             0.00%
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iShares DEX Real Return Bond                                                
 Index Fund                          XRB          24.85942             0.31%
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iShares S&P/TSX Capped REIT Index                                           
 Fund                                XRE          14.86181             2.52%
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iShares DEX Short Term Bond Index                                           
 Fund                                XSB          29.25368             0.00%
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iShares DEX Short Term Corporate                                            
 Universe + Maple Bond Index Fund    XSH          20.04087             0.00%
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iShares S&P 500 Index Fund (CAD-                                            
 Hedged)                             XSP          14.34397             3.31%
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iShares S&P/TSX Capped Consumer                                             
 Staples Index Fund                  XST          20.58408             0.02%
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iShares Russell 2000® Index                                               
 Fund (CAD-Hedged)                   XSU          16.12622             0.00%
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iShares Diversified Monthly                                                 
 Income Fund                         XTR          12.06382             0.00%
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iShares S&P/TSX Capped Utilities                                            
 Index Fund                          XUT          20.83497             0.10%
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iShares S&P/TSX Venture Index                                               
 Fund                                XVX          18.87078             0.00%
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iShares MSCI World Index Fund        XWD          22.66273             0.00%
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Reasons for some of the larger estimated capital gains distributions

XCS

The iShares S&P/TSX SmallCap Index Fund ("XCS") experienced capital gains in 2011 due mostly to the disposition of securities that were removed from its underlying index. Large contributors to realized capital gains included Fronteer Gold, Inc. and Western Coal Corporation, which were each acquired during the year. Other significant contributors to realized capital gains were First Majestic Silver Corporation, Celtic Exploration Ltd., Alacer Gold Corporation, and Trilogy Energy Corporation, which were removed from XCS's underlying index (and therefore sold by XCS), as a result of increases in their respective share prices and market capitalizations.

XRE

The iShares S&P/TSX Capped REIT Index Fund ("XRE") experienced capital gains in 2011 due mostly to the increase in value of the securities held in its portfolio. XRE must periodically buy and sell securities as a result of changes to its underlying index and in order to manage cash.

XSP

The iShares S&P 500 Index Fund (CAD-Hedged) ("XSP") experienced capital gains in 2011 due mostly to realized gains on forward contracts used to hedge currency exposure to the U.S. dollar.

Forward-looking information

This notice contains forward-looking statements with respect to the estimated annual distributions for the iShares Funds. By their nature, these forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause the actual distributions to differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements. Material factors that could cause the actual distributions to differ from the estimated distributions between now and December 15, 2011 (the iShares Funds' tax year ends)include, but are not limited to: the actual amounts of distributions received by the iShares Funds; the actual amounts of capital gains generated from sales of securities; trading activity within the iShares Funds, including buying and selling of securities; index changes which cause rebalancing within the iShares Funds; and subscription and redemption activity.

Further information on iShares Funds can be found at www.iShares.ca.

About BlackRock®

BlackRock is a leader in investment management, risk management and advisory services for institutional and retail clients worldwide. At September 30, 2011, BlackRock's AUM was US$3.345 trillion. BlackRock offers products that span the risk spectrum to meet clients' needs, including active, enhanced and index strategies across markets and asset classes. Products are offered in a variety of structures including separate accounts, mutual funds, iShares® (exchange-traded funds), and other pooled investment vehicles. BlackRock also offers risk management, advisory and enterprise investment system services to a broad base of institutional investors through BlackRock Solutions®. Headquartered in New York City, as of September 30, 2011, the firm has approximately 10,200 employees in 27 countries and a major presence in key global markets, including North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Middle East and Africa. For additional information, please visit the Company's website at www.blackrock.com.

About iShares® ETFs

The iShares business is a global product leader in ETFs with over 410 funds globally across equities, fixed income and commodities, which trade on 16 exchanges worldwide. The iShares funds are bought and sold like common stocks on securities exchanges. The iShares funds are attractive to many individual and institutional investors and financial intermediaries because of their relative low cost, tax efficiency and trading flexibility. Investors can purchase and sell securities through any brokerage firm, financial advisor, or online broker, and hold the funds in any type of brokerage account. The iShares customer base consists of the institutional segment of pension plans and fund managers, as well as the retail segment of financial advisors.

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