SOURCE: Fulton Financial Corporation

June 02, 2006 16:49 ET

Dow Jones Adds Fulton Financial Corporation to Its U.S. Select Dividend Index

LANCASTER, PA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 2, 2006 --Dow Jones Indexes, a well-known global financial index provider, has added Fulton Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: FULT) to its Dow Jones U.S. Select Dividend Index, effective June 1.

The Dow Jones Select Dividend Index reflects the performance of the 100 leading U.S. dividend-paying companies. According to Dow Jones, the index universe is defined as all dividend-paying companies in the Dow Jones U.S. Total Market Index that have a non-negative five-year dividend-per-share growth rate, a five-year average dividend to earnings-per-share ratio of less than or equal to 60%, and a three-month average daily trading volume of 200,000 shares. The index represents approximately 95% of U.S. market capitalization.

"We are very pleased that Dow Jones has added us to its Select Dividend Index," said R. Scott Smith, Jr., chairman, CEO and president of Fulton Financial Corporation. "We work very hard to create attractive total returns to long-term shareholders, and our history of 32 consecutive years of dividend increases helps us to achieve that goal. For Dow Jones to recognize our 10.2% compounded annual growth rate in dividends per share over that 32 year period in one of its key performance indexes is a tribute to the commitment of our employees throughout the company who make this recognition possible."

Dow Jones Indexes is part of Dow Jones & Company, a worldwide publisher of financial news and information, including the Wall Street Journal, Barron's, Dow Jones Newswires and MarketWatch. Together with Wilshire Associates, Dow Jones Indexes markets and licenses the Dow Jones Wilshire index family, which includes the Dow Jones Wilshire 5,000 and its size, style, and sector indexes.

Fulton Financial Corporation is a $14.4 billion financial holding company that employs 4,400 people throughout its family of 15 locally managed affiliate banks in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware and Virginia. For more information, visit the company's website at

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