DGSE Companies, Inc. (NYSE MKT: DGSE), a leading wholesaler and retailer of jewelry, diamonds, fine watches, and precious metal bullion and rare coin products, today announced it is set to join the Russell Microcap ® Index when Russell Investments reconstitutes its comprehensive set of U.S. and global equity indexes on June 28, according to a preliminary list of additions posted June 14 on www.russell.com/indexes.
Membership in the Russell Microcap Index, which remains in place for one year, means automatic inclusion in the appropriate growth and value style indexes. Russell determines membership for its equity indexes primarily by objective, market-capitalization rankings and style attributes.
James Vierling, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board, stated, “Our inclusion in the Russell Microcap index demonstrates the significant improvement in shareholder value that we were able to achieve in the last year. We successfully implemented and executed strategic initiatives that have strengthened the Company from both a financial and investment perspective, and this is an exciting time for the DGSE Companies. The increased exposure to the financial community that comes with our inclusion in this index expands our visibility with potential investors.”
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