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BlackRock, Inc.
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BlackRock, Inc.

March 19, 2010 11:10 ET

BlackRock, Inc. Announces Quarterly Cash Distributions for the iShares® Funds

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 19, 2010) - (TSX:XBB)(TSX:XCB)(TSX:XCG)(TSX:XCS)(TSX:XCV)(TSX:XDV)(TSX:XEG)(TSX:XEN)(TSX:XFN)(TSX:XGB)(TSX:XGD)(TSX:XHY)(TSX:XIC)(TSX:XIG)(TSX:XIT)(TSX:XIU)(TSX:XLB)(TSX:XMA)(TSX:XMD)(TSX:XRE)(TSX:XSB)(TSX:XTR)

BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE:BLK) announced today the first quarter 2010 cash distributions for the iShares funds listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Unitholders of record on March 30, 2010 will receive cash distributions payable on March 31, 2010. Details of the "per unit" distribution amounts are as follows:

iShares Fund Ticker Cash Distri-bution
iShares CDN DEX Universe Bond Index Fund XBB 0.30026
iShares CDN DEX All Corporate Bond Index Fund XCB 0.22278
iShares CDN Dow Jones Canada Select Growth Index Fund XCG 0.07383
iShares CDN S&P/TSX Small Cap Index Fund XCS 0.05886
iShares CDN Dow Jones Canada Select Value Index Fund XCV 0.17507
iShares CDN Dow Jones Canada Select Dividend Index Fund XDV 0.18965
iShares CDN S&P/TSX Capped Energy Index Fund XEG 0.10398
iShares CDN Jantzi Social Index Fund XEN 0.11258
iShares CDN S&P/TSX Capped Financials Index Fund XFN 0.21057
iShares CDN DEX All Government Bond Index Fund XGB 0.19337
iShares CDN S&P/TSX Global Gold Index Fund XGD 0.00513
iShares U.S. High Yield Bond Index Fund (CAD-Hedged) XHY 0.29398
iShares CDN S&P/TSX Capped Composite Index Fund XIC 0.11741
iShares U.S. IG Corporate Bond Index Fund (CAD-Hedged) XIG 0.16381
iShares CDN S&P/TSX Capped Information Technology Index Fund XIT -
iShares CDN S&P/TSX 60 Index Fund XIU 0.12171
iShares CDN DEX Long Term Bond Index Fund XLB 0.22473
iShares CDN S&P/TSX Capped Materials Index Fund XMA -
iShares CDN S&P/TSX Completion Index Fund XMD 0.11071
iShares CDN S&P/TSX Capped REIT Index Fund XRE 0.10982
iShares CDN DEX Short Term Bond Index Fund XSB 0.25746
iShares CDN S&P/TSX Income Trust Index Fund XTR 0.12880

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

About BlackRock, Inc. ("BlackRock")

BlackRock is a leader in investment management, risk management and advisory services for institutional and retail clients worldwide. At December 31, 2009, BlackRock's AUM was US$3.346 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, 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 December 31, 2009, the firm has approximately 8,500 full-time employees in 24 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

The iShares business is the global product leader in exchange traded funds with over 400 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 shares 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 and high net worth individuals.

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