MONROE, Mich., June 27, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- MBT Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:MBTF), today announced it was added to the Russell 3000® Index and Russell 2000® Index, which remains in place for one year.  The FTSE Russell indexes underwent their annual rebalance after US markets closed on June 24, 2016.

“We are pleased to return to the Russell 2000, which reflects our continued positive momentum and effort to increase shareholder value,” said H. Douglas Chaffin, President & CEO of MBT.  “We expect our inclusion will raise our profile and generate greater interest in our stock among institutional investors.”

FTSE Russell indexes are widely used by investment managers and institutional investors for both index funds and as benchmarks for passive and active investment strategies.  In the U.S. marketplace, approximately 98% of the U.S. equity assets are benchmarked by the Russell 3000, representing more than $4 trillion.

The annual reconstitution of the Russell 3000 captures the 3,000 largest U.S. stocks as of the end of May, ranking them by total market capitalization.  The largest 1,000 companies in this ranking comprise the Russell 1000 and the next 2,000 companies become the Russell 2000.

The Russell 3000 also serves as the U.S. component to the Russell Global Index, which Russell launched in 2007. 

About Monroe Bank & Trust: MBT Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:MBTF), a bank holding company headquartered in Monroe, Michigan, is the parent company of Monroe Bank & Trust (“MBT”). Founded in 1858, MBT is one of the largest independently owned community banks in Southeast Michigan. With over $1.3 billion in assets, MBT is a full-service bank, offering a complete range of business and personal accounts, credit and mortgage options, investment and retirement services and award-winning financial literacy outreach.  MBT’s Commercial Lending Group is a top SBA and MEDC lending partner.  MBT’s Wealth Management Group (“WMG”) is one of the largest and most respected in Michigan. The Michigan Bankers Association ranks MBT fourth among all Michigan banks for total trust assets. With offices and ATMs in Monroe, Lenawee and Wayne counties, convenient mobile and online banking, a robust online and social media presence and a comprehensive array of products and services, MBT prides itself in offering World Class Banking with a Local Address. Visit MBT’s website at

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