NEW YORK, Feb. 26 West Pharmaceutical Services Inc.(NYSE: WST) will be added to the S&P SmallCap 600 after the close of tradingon Thursday, February 28, 2008. West Pharmaceutical Services will take theplace of Sierra Health Services Inc. (NYSE: SIE), which was removed from theS&P SmallCap 600 after today's close of trading pursuant to its completedacquisition by S&P 500 constituent UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH).
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West Pharmaceutical Services manufactures components and systems forinjectable drug delivery and plastic packaging, and delivery systemcomponents. Headquartered in Lionville, PA, the company will be added to theS&P SmallCap 600 GICS (Global Industry Classification Standard) Health CareSupplies Sub-Industry index.
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SOURCE UnitedHealth Group Inc.