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Debit and credit card issuer MasterCard nc. will replace General Motors Corp. in

Standard & Poor's S&P 100 index of stocks beginning at the close of trading today.

Though the S&P dropped GM from the top 100 index, GM will remain a member of the

S&P 500. S&P did not say in its statement why it is removing GM from the S&P 100.

GM's stock traded on the New York Stock Exchange at $12.59 per share in late-afternoon

trading Thursday, down from $36.07 per share a year ago. MasterCard stock,

meanwhile, traded at $284.04 per share this afternoon, up from $172.36 a year ago

and six times its share price when MasterCard went public in May 2006.

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