BlackRock Announces March Monthly Cash Distributions for the iShares(R) Funds

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 18, 2011) -

(TSX:XBB)(TSX:XCB)(TSX:XCG)(TSX:XCS)(TSX:XCV)(TSX:XDV)(TSX:XEG)(TSX:XEN)(TSX:XFN)(TSX:XGB)(TSX:XGD)(TSX:XIC)(TSX:XIT)(TSX:XIU)(TSX:XLB)(TSX:XMA)(TSX:XMD)(TSX:XRE)(TSX:XSB)(TSX:XTR)(TSX:XHB)(TSX:XHY)(TSX:XIG)(TSX:XPF)

BlackRock Asset Management Canada Limited, an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE:BLK), today announced the March 2011 cash distributions for the iShares funds listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Unitholders of record on March 29, 2011 will receive cash distributions payable on March 31, 2011. Details of the "per unit" distribution amounts are as follows:

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Cash

Fund Distribution

Fund Name Ticker Per Unit ($)

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iShares DEX Universe Bond Index Fund XBB 0.08904

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iShares DEX All Corporate Bond Index Fund XCB 0.07019

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iShares Dow Jones Canada Select Growth Index Fund XCG 0.06365

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iShares S&P(R)/TSX(R) SmallCap Index Fund XCS 0.04786

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iShares Dow Jones Canada Select Value Index Fund XCV 0.17516

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iShares Dow Jones Canada Select Dividend Index Fund XDV 0.08018

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iShares S&P/TSX Capped Energy Index Fund XEG 0.06967

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iShares Jantzi Social Index Fund XEN 0.10115

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iShares S&P/TSX Capped Financials Index Fund XFN 0.05609

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iShares DEX All Government Bond Index Fund XGB 0.05404

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iShares S&P/TSX Global Gold Index Fund XGD 0.00000

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iShares S&P/TSX Capped Composite Index Fund XIC 0.13766

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iShares S&P/TSX Capped Information Technology Index

Fund XIT 0.00000

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iShares S&P/TSX 60 Index Fund XIU 0.11889

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iShares DEX Long Term Bond Index Fund XLB 0.06934

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iShares S&P/TSX Capped Materials Index Fund XMA 0.00000

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iShares S&P/TSX Completion Index Fund XMD 0.13415

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iShares S&P/TSX Capped REIT Index Fund XRE 0.06083

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iShares DEX Short Term Bond Index Fund XSB 0.07401

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iShares Diversified Monthly Income Fund XTR 0.06000

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iShares DEX HYBrid Bond Index Fund XHB 0.08642

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iShares U.S. High Yield Bond Index Fund (CAD-Hedged) XHY 0.12842

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iShares U.S. IG Corporate Bond Index Fund XIG 0.07840

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iShares S&P/TSX North American Preferred Stock Index

Fund (CAD-Hedged) XPF 0.07591

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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, 2010, BlackRock's AUM was US $3.446 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(R) (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(TM). Headquartered in New York City, as of September 30, 2010, the firm has approximately 8,900 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 ETFs

The iShares business is the 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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