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Barclays Issues Investor Guidance on iPath? Dow Jones-UBS Natural Gas Subindex Total ReturnSM Exchange Traded Notes (Ticker: GAZ)

Friday, May 18, 2012 4:31 PM

Barclays Bank PLC (“Barclays”) announced an investor guidance notification today regarding the iPath® Dow Jones-UBS Natural Gas Subindex Total ReturnSM Exchange Traded Notes (the “ETNs”). The ETNs currently trade on the NYSE Arca stock exchange under the ticker symbol “GAZ”.

Barclays previously announced the temporary suspension of further issuances of the ETNs on August 21, 2009. As described in that press release and also in the pricing supplement relating to the ETNs, the limitations on issuance and sale implemented could from time to time cause an imbalance of supply and demand in the secondary market for the ETNs, which may cause the ETNs to trade at a premium or discount in relation to their indicative value.

Recently, there has been a persistent and material premium in the trading price of the ETNs on the exchange in relation to their intraday indicative value. From January 31, 2012 to May 17, 2012, the indicative value decreased by approximately 19% from $3.02 to $2.46 per ETN, while the closing price of the ETNs on the exchange increased by approximately 18% from $3.13 to $3.69 per ETN. The closing price of the ETNs on the exchange as of May 17, 2012 reflected a 50% premium to current indicative value.

Due to likely continued fluctuations in this premium, Barclays believes that the ETNs are currently not suitable for most investors and will not track the price of the underlying natural gas futures index in a consistent manner.

Investors considering any purchase of the ETNs should be aware of the fact that the intra-day market prices of the ETNs on the exchange could be significantly higher than the intraday indicative value of the ETNs as calculated with reference to the level of the underlying index, minus an investor fee.

The secondary market for the ETNs has been volatile and unpredictable, and investors should not assume that the ETNs will continue to trade at a premium in relation to their intraday indicative value.

Daily redemptions at the option of the holders of the ETNs continue to stay open. The pricing supplement relating to the ETNs can be found on EDGAR, the SEC website at: www.sec.gov, as well as on the product website at www.iPathETN.com.

Barclays Bank PLC is the issuer of iPath® ETNs and Barclays Capital Inc. is the issuer’s agent in the distribution. Barclays Bank PLC and Barclays Capital Inc. have retained the services of BlackRock Investments, LLC, a member of FINRA, to promote the ETNs and provide certain services relating to the ETNs.

About Barclays

Barclays moves, lends, invests and protects money for customers and clients worldwide. With over 300 years of history and expertise in banking, we operate in over 50 countries and employ over 140,000 people. We provide large corporate, government and institutional clients with a full spectrum of solutions to their strategic advisory, financing and risk management needs. Our clients also benefit from access to the breadth of expertise across Barclays.


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