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

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TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 17, 2011) -

(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(R) 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(R)/TSX(R) 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(R) 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(R) 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(R)

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(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(R). 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(R) 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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