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Westfield Financial, Inc. (Nasdaq: WFD), the holding company of Westfield Bank, is set to join the broad-market Russell 3000 ® Index at the conclusion of the Russell US Indexes annual reconstitution, effective after the US market opens on June 27, according to a preliminary list of additions posted on June 10. Annual reconstitution of the Russell US indexes captures the 4,000 largest US stocks as of the end of May, ranking them by total market capitalization. Westfield's membership in the US all-cap Russell 3000 ® Index, which will remain in place for at least one year, means automatic inclusion in the small-cap Russell 2000 ® Index as well as the appropriate growth and value style indexes. FTSE Russell determines membership for its Russell indexes by objective, market-capitalization rankings and style attributes. "We are very pleased to join the Russell 3000 ® Index as part of the largest 4,000 US Stocks" said James C. Hagan, President and CEO. "Westfield's addition to the Russell 3000 ® Index, along with our recently announced merger with Chicopee Bancorp, reflects our continued positive momentum and efforts to increase shareholder value. On April 4, 2016, Westfield Financial announced the signing of a definitive merger agreement with Chicopee Bancorp whereby Chicopee will merge with and into Westfield. The partnership is exciting because of the commonality of our cultures, our operating models and customer service focus of our two institutions. The complimentary nature of our branch footprints creates opportunity for growth and expansion into new markets for Westfield. A merger of our banks will be extremely favorable for the shareholders, customers, employees and communities of both institutions." Indexes provided by FTSE Russell, a leading global index provider, are widely used by investment managers and institutional investors for index funds and as benchmarks for active investment strategies. Approximately $6 trillion in assets are benchmarked against the Russell US indexes.