S&P Indices Announces Changes to U.S. Indices

June 21st, 2012 by InvestorPoint

NEW YORK, June 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – S&P Indices will make the following changes to the S&P 500 and S&P MidCap 400 indices: Monster Beverage Corp. (NASD:MNST)  will replace Sara Lee Corp. (NYSE:SLE) in the S&P 500 index, and the post spin Sara Lee stub, which will be renamed The Hillshire Brands Co. (NYSE:HSHwi), will replace Monster Beverage Inc. in the S&P MidCap 400 index after the close of trading on Thursday, June 28. Sara Lee is spinning off its internation…continued
          

US Healthcare Costs’ Annual Growth Rates Increased in April 2012 According to the S&P Healthcare Economic Indices

June 21st, 2012 by InvestorPoint

NEW YORK, June 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – The S&P Healthcare Economic Composite Index indicates that the average per capita cost of healthcare services covered by commercial insurance and Medicare programs increased by 6.14% over the 12-months ending April 2012. This is almost a half a percentage point jump from the +5.65% rate posted for March 2012. As measured by the S&P Healthcare Economic Commercial Index, healthcare costs covered by commercial insurance plans increased by 8.46…continued
     

S&P Indices Announces Changes to U.S. Index

June 20th, 2012 by InvestorPoint

NEW YORK, June 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — S&P Indices will make the following changes to the S&P SmallCap 600 index after the close of trading on Wednesday, June 27: Exlservice Holdings, Inc. (NASD: EXLS) will replace Central Vermont Public Service Corp. (NYSE: CV). Gaz Metro, L.P. is acquiring Central Vermont Public Service in a deal expected to be completed soon pending final conditions. QuinStreet, Inc. (NASD: QNST) will replace eResearchTechnology, Inc. (NASD: ERT). eResearchTechnology…continued
         

The McGraw-Hill Companies and CME Group Announce U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Review Has Been Completed for New S&P Dow Jones Indices Joint Venture

June 14th, 2012 by InvestorPoint

NEW YORK and CHICAGO, June 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – The McGraw-Hill Companies (NYSE: MHP), one of the world’s foremost financial information companies, and CME Group (NASDAQ: CME), the world’s leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, announced today that they have received notification that the U.S. Department of Justice has completed its review of the proposed joint venture company, S&P Dow Jones Indices, and has granted early termination of the statutory waiting peri…continued
      

S&P Capital IQ Financial Communications and SCICOM Data Services partner to create an employee benefits market “one-stop shop.”

June 14th, 2012 by InvestorPoint

BOSTON, June 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — S&P Capital IQ Financial Communications, a business unit of The McGraw-Hill Companies (NYSE: MHP), today announced a partnership with SCICOM Data Services, a leading provider of retirement communications and document distribution services. S&P Capital IQ Financial Communications (FC) specializes in creating custom communication solutions that clients can easily integrate with their own existing marketing communications, websites, and content. With exten…continued
     

Engineering News-Record Unveils Contractor Business Quarterly

June 13th, 2012 by InvestorPoint

Print and Digital Media Solution Focuses on Strategies for Growth NEW YORK, June 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Engineering News-Record (http://ENR.com), part of The McGraw-Hill Companies, today announced that Contractor Business Quarterly (ENR CBQ) will debut in ENR’s July 16, 2012 issue.  ENR CBQ is a print and digital section in ENR that addresses business strategies to help contractors improve performance, productivity and profits. In print, ENR CBQ will reach more than 30,000 contrac…continued
     

Platts: OPEC Crude Oil Production Rose to 31.75 Million Barrels Per Day in May

June 8th, 2012 by InvestorPoint

May OPEC Output at Highest Levels Since October 2008 LONDON, June 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Crude oil production from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) rose 40,000 barrels per day (b/d) to 31.75 million b/d in May, a Platts survey of OPEC and oil industry officials and analysts showed June 8. The May production marks a rise from April’s output level of 31.71 million b/d and is the highest level since October 2008 when OPEC volumes averaged 32.26 million b/d. “The number th…continued
     

S&P Indices Announces Changes to U.S. Index

June 7th, 2012 by InvestorPoint

NEW YORK, June 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – S&P Indices will make the following changes to the S&P SmallCap 600 index: Luminex Corp. (NASD: LMNX) will replace P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, Inc. (NASD: PFCB) after the close of trading on Tuesday, June 12. Centerbridge Partners, L.P. is acquiring P.F. Chang’s China Bistro in a deal expected to be completed soon pending final conditions. Sabra Health Care REIT, Inc. (NASD: SBRA) will replace Kensey Nash Corp. (NASD: KNSY) aft…continued
         

Harold McGraw III Says Global Growth Depends on Closer Government-Business Cooperation in Three Key Areas

June 5th, 2012 by InvestorPoint

McGraw-Hill Chairman, President and CEO Says Progress on Trade, Capital Market Efficiency and Intellectual Property Rights Protection Should Be Priorities at Upcoming G20 Summit NEW YORK, June 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – Harold McGraw III, Chairman, President and CEO of The McGraw-Hill Companies (NYSE: MHP) today called for G20 leaders to focus on pro-growth policies when they meet in Los Cabos, Mexico later this month. “We need to get the world’s growth engines moving again to bring back hope, …continued
     

S&P Indices Launches Enhanced Yield North American Preferred Index

June 5th, 2012 by InvestorPoint

Licenses Index to Global X Funds for Planned ETF NEW YORK, June 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — S&P Indices announced today the launch of the S&P Enhanced Yield North American Preferred Index which tracks 50 of the highest yielding securities in the North American preferred stock market. The Index has been licensed to Global X Funds to serve as the basis for a planned ETF. The S&P Enhanced Yield North American Preferred Index is comprised of 50 of the highest yielding U.S. and Canada…continued
     

Aviation Week & Space Technology relaunches with increased technology and growth-market coverage in print and on tablets

June 4th, 2012 by InvestorPoint

Expanded Defense Technology and MRO Editions create competitive differentiation NEW YORK, June 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – Aviation Week announces the relaunch of its flagship brand, Aviation Week & Space Technology (AW&ST), which will debut with the July 2, 2012 issue in print and on mobile platforms. The new AW&ST will reach 30,000 additional decision-makers in the global aviation, aerospace and defense community, with a renewed focus on the interrelationship of aerospace techno…continued
     

Nominations Now Being Accepted for 2012 Platts Global Energy Awards

June 4th, 2012 by InvestorPoint

NEW YORK, June 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – Nominations are now being accepted for the 2012 Global Energy Awards which recognize corporate and individual excellence in five main categories for a total of 20 individual performance awards (http://geaweb.platts.com/CategoryOverview.aspx), announced Platts, the program host and a leading global provider of energy, petrochemicals and metals information. All nominations must be received by September 10, 2012.  Recognized as the energy industry’s mos…continued
     

Pace of Decline in Home Prices Moderates as the First Quarter of 2012 Ends, According to the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices

May 29th, 2012 by InvestorPoint

NEW YORK, May 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Data through March 2012, released today by S&P Indices for its S&P/Case-Shiller[1] Home Price Indices, the leading measure of U.S. home prices, showed that all three headline composites ended the first quarter of 2012 at new post-crisis lows.  The national composite fell by 2.0% in the first quarter of 2012 and was down 1.9% versus the first quarter of 2011. The 10- and 20-City Composites posted respective annual returns of -2.8% and -2.6% in March 2…continued
     

S&P Capital IQ Publishes Quality Trends, an in-depth analysis of “quality” in the equity markets

May 24th, 2012 by InvestorPoint

NEW YORK, May 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – S&P Capital IQ Equity Research believes that U.S. stocks continue to be in an extended bull market likely to carry indices to record highs, although it also expects significant bumps along the road, according to the latest issue of the group’s Quality Trends publication.  “We believe the early bull market of strong low Quality Ranking* (QR) outperformance is over, as many low Quality issues have become more fully valued,” said Richard Tortoriel…continued
               

S&P Indices Announces Change to U.S. Index

May 21st, 2012 by InvestorPoint

NEW YORK, May 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASD: ALXN) will replace Motorola Mobility Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: MMI) in the S&P 500 index after the close of trading on Thursday, May 24. S&P 100 & 500 constituent Google Inc. (NASD: GOOG) is acquiring Motorola Mobility Holdings in a deal expected to close before the opening of trading tomorrow. Alexion is a biopharmaceutical company. Headquartered in Cheshire, CT, the company will be added to the S&P 500 GIC…continued
        

S&P Capital IQ Picks CVS Focus Stock of the Week

May 21st, 2012 by InvestorPoint

NEW YORK, May 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – CVS Caremark Corporation (NYS: CVS: $44) has been picked by S&P Capital IQ as its Focus Stock of the Week.  CVS carries S&P Capital IQ’s highest investment recommendation of 5-STARS, or Strong Buy.   “We believe CVS Caremark is well positioned to benefit as an operator of both one of the largest retail drugstore chains and one of the largest pharmacy benefit management (PBM) business in the U.S.,” said Joseph Agnese, equity analyst a…continued
      

S&P Capital IQ Introduces Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Data Suite Offering

May 21st, 2012 by InvestorPoint

Service Facilitates Management of CRM Account Infrastructure with a complete Company and Business Intelligence solution for Global Public and Private Companies NEW YORK, May 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – With an eye towards providing clients with a significant edge for enhancing their data infrastructure, S&P Capital IQ today announced the launch of its CRM Data Suite, a robust new data management tool powered by S&P Capital IQ’s in-house award-winning data and records collection capabilitie…continued
     

S&P Indices Announces Change to U.S. Index

May 17th, 2012 by InvestorPoint

NEW YORK, May 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – Kinder Morgan, Inc. (NYSE: KMI) will replace El Paso Corp. (NYSE: EP) in the S&P 500 index after the close of trading on Thursday, May 24. Kinder Morgan is acquiring El Paso in a deal expected to be completed on or about that date, pending final conditions. Kinder Morgan owns and operates energy transportation and storage assets. Headquartered in Houston, TX, the company will be added to the S&P 500 GICS (Global Industry Classification Standard) Oi…continued
       

US Healthcare Costs’ Annual Growth Rates Little Changed in March 2012 According to the S&P Healthcare Economic Indices

May 17th, 2012 by InvestorPoint

NEW YORK, May 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — The S&P Healthcare Economic Composite Index indicates that the average per capita cost of healthcare services covered by commercial insurance and Medicare programs increased by 5.68% over the 12-months ending March 2012. This is a modest deceleration from the +5.72% rate posted for February 2012. As measured by the S&P Healthcare Economic Commercial Index, healthcare costs covered by commercial insurance plans increased by 7.84% over the year ending Ma…continued
     

CTB/McGraw-Hill And BrainPOP Collaborate To Deliver Personalized Learning Experience For K-8 Students

May 14th, 2012 by InvestorPoint

Strategic alliance integrates BrainPOP’s award-winning animated educational resources with CTB’s Acuity assessment solution to provide an engaging, personalized learning experience for students and an unprecedented level of insight to teachers. MONTEREY, Calif., May 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – CTB/McGraw-Hill, one of the nation’s leading educational assessment partners, today announced that it is collaborating with BrainPOP®, creator of animated educational resources, to integrate BrainPOP’s …continued
     

The McGraw-Hill Companies Takes Additional Steps to Prepare for Education Company Spin-off as Key McGraw-Hill Education Leadership Positions are Established

May 14th, 2012 by InvestorPoint

- Patrick Milano Becomes Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer of McGraw-Hill Education – David Stafford Becomes General Counsel of McGraw-Hill Education – Business Unit Management Team Confirmed to Lead the New Company NEW YORK, May 14, 2012 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ – The McGraw-Hill Companies (NYSE: MHP) today announced further steps to establish the new, independent company, McGraw-Hill Education, by the end of this year.  The process of creating this new entity requir…continued
     

S&P Capital IQ Publishes Pre-IPO Report about Facebook

May 11th, 2012 by InvestorPoint

NEW YORK, May 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — In advance of Facebook Inc.’s  highly anticipated initial public offering scheduled to take place next week, around Friday, May 18, S&P Capital IQ’s Internet equity analyst, Scott Kessler, has written “Facebook Pre-IPO Report: Significant Growth, Significant Risks.” “Among  Facebook’s many strengths are a well-established global brand, large and engaged constituencies, leadership in the social segment, and a strong balance sheet, to list a few,” s…continued
     

Platts: OPEC Oil Production Climbs to 31.71 Million Barrels Per Day in April

May 10th, 2012 by InvestorPoint

Iranian Oil Output Down Ahead of Impending U.S. and European Union Sanctions LONDON, May 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Crude oil output from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) climbed 320,000 barrels per day (b/d) to 31.71 million b/d in April from 31.39 million b/d in March, a just-released Platts survey of OPEC and oil industry officials and analysts showed. “This is one of the more significant month-on-month changes Platts has reported in quite some time,” said John Kingsto…continued
     

Platts: April Petrochemical Prices Edge Lower on High Supply, Weaker Oil Prices

May 3rd, 2012 by InvestorPoint

LONDON, May 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – Prices in the $3-trillion-plus global petrochemicals market took a slight downturn in April, averaging of $1,444 per metric ton (/mt). The April average price is down a mere $1 from the March average, according to the just-released monthly average of the Platts Global Petrochemical Index (PGPI), a benchmark basket of seven widely used petrochemicals. While the monthly average was largely static, on an end-of-day, end-of-month basis, the PGPI market-on-close v…continued
     

S&P Capital IQ teams up with EDI to Expand Coverage of Global Dividends and Corporate Actions Data

May 2nd, 2012 by InvestorPoint

NEW YORK and LONDON, May 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — S&P Capital IQ, a leading provider of multi-asset class data, research and analytics, today announced an arrangement with Exchange Data International (EDI) to offer a new global dividends and corporate actions data service, spanning over 128 countries and 150 exchanges worldwide. This new data service is now available to customers across Findataportal via a customizable consolidated data feed. The Findataportal is a user friendly platform that …continued
     

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