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Private-Equity Giant Blackstone Joins Coveted S&P 500 Club


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Blackstone joined the S&P 500 Monday, becoming the first of the major alternative asset managers to enter the key benchmark.

Earlier this month, analysts at Goldman Sachs estimated that Blackstone could attain a 0.19% weighting, implying about $15 billion of demand from index-tracking funds. Some of that buying may have already taken place: Blackstone stock has risen 9% since its inclusion was announced on Sept. 5.

Blackstone is joining after S&P Dow Jones Indices in April relented on a previous ban for new index entrants with multiple share classes.

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