Standard & Poor's Launches Asia Market Insight; New Online Service Delivers Equity News, Views and Objective Valuation On Asia-Pacific Markets

Apr 19, 2001, 01:00 ET from Standard & Poor's

    NEW YORK and HONG KONG, April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Standard & Poor's, the
 world's leading provider of independent investment analysis, announced today
 that it has launched its newest online equity research service, Asia Market
 Insight.  Asia Market Insight offers objective and independent views into the
 factors driving equity markets in the Asia-Pacific region, including Australia
 and Japan.  The new service is geared towards buy-side investors and sell-side
 traders. It offers real-time news and analysis spanning the region via a
 variety of online delivery vehicles.
     "We expect Asia Market Insight to become an immediate 'must-have' for
 investors and traders in the Asia-Pacific region, people who seek the best,
 most up-to-the-minute analysis and information about regional companies and
 markets," said Rik Kranenburg, executive vice president, Standard & Poor's.
 "And, as with other equity market services from Standard & Poor's in North
 America and Europe, we have assembled and trained an enormously bright and
 experienced team of analysts and journalists.  Based in four financial centers
 in the region, their insights and judgments will now be available to help
 people make more informed investment decisions across the region."
     Through Asia Market Insight, Standard & Poor's offers information,
 analysis and insights in three important areas: its market analysts provide
 cutting-edge reports on events across the region affecting share prices.
 Equity analysts add comprehensive coverage of companies across key regional
 sectors (including financials, energy and utilities, telecoms and technology);
 and Standard & Poor's economists and investment strategists evaluate the
 research against the global environment.  Analytical coverage ranges from
 large-cap companies to smaller, liquid issuers that are the current focus of
 investor attention.
     This service will be constantly evolving to provide new content, including
 IPO coverage, the outlook on deregulation and privatization, and M&A updates.
 Asia Market Insight exploits the synergies of the wide range of information
 gathering provided by Standard and Poor's and the skills and research
 methodologies used throughout the organization.
     For a preview or trial of Standard & Poor's Asia Market Insight, please
 visit http://www.asiamarketinsight.com.  For sales information, kindly call
 your Standard & Poor's Representative or reach us at +852.2532.8000 for Asia,
 +44 (0) 7826 8522 for Europe, and +212.438.3200 for the Americas.  Among
 Standard & Poor's many investment and analysis products are MarketScope(R),
 Global Markets Live(R), Research InsightSM, Market Insight(R), Index Alert(R),
 and the COMPUSTAT(R) databases.
 
     Standard & Poor's, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies (NYSE:   MHP),
 provides independent financial information, analytical services, and credit
 ratings to the world's financial markets.  Among the company's many products
 are the S&P Global 1200, the first real-time, global equity index, the S&P
 500, the premier U.S. portfolio index, and credit ratings on more than 220,000
 securities and funds worldwide.  With more than 5,000 employees located in 21
 countries, Standard & Poor's is an integral part of the world's financial
 architecture. For more information, visit our website at
 http://www.standardandpoors.com.
 
 

SOURCE Standard & Poor's
    NEW YORK and HONG KONG, April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Standard & Poor's, the
 world's leading provider of independent investment analysis, announced today
 that it has launched its newest online equity research service, Asia Market
 Insight.  Asia Market Insight offers objective and independent views into the
 factors driving equity markets in the Asia-Pacific region, including Australia
 and Japan.  The new service is geared towards buy-side investors and sell-side
 traders. It offers real-time news and analysis spanning the region via a
 variety of online delivery vehicles.
     "We expect Asia Market Insight to become an immediate 'must-have' for
 investors and traders in the Asia-Pacific region, people who seek the best,
 most up-to-the-minute analysis and information about regional companies and
 markets," said Rik Kranenburg, executive vice president, Standard & Poor's.
 "And, as with other equity market services from Standard & Poor's in North
 America and Europe, we have assembled and trained an enormously bright and
 experienced team of analysts and journalists.  Based in four financial centers
 in the region, their insights and judgments will now be available to help
 people make more informed investment decisions across the region."
     Through Asia Market Insight, Standard & Poor's offers information,
 analysis and insights in three important areas: its market analysts provide
 cutting-edge reports on events across the region affecting share prices.
 Equity analysts add comprehensive coverage of companies across key regional
 sectors (including financials, energy and utilities, telecoms and technology);
 and Standard & Poor's economists and investment strategists evaluate the
 research against the global environment.  Analytical coverage ranges from
 large-cap companies to smaller, liquid issuers that are the current focus of
 investor attention.
     This service will be constantly evolving to provide new content, including
 IPO coverage, the outlook on deregulation and privatization, and M&A updates.
 Asia Market Insight exploits the synergies of the wide range of information
 gathering provided by Standard and Poor's and the skills and research
 methodologies used throughout the organization.
     For a preview or trial of Standard & Poor's Asia Market Insight, please
 visit http://www.asiamarketinsight.com.  For sales information, kindly call
 your Standard & Poor's Representative or reach us at +852.2532.8000 for Asia,
 +44 (0) 7826 8522 for Europe, and +212.438.3200 for the Americas.  Among
 Standard & Poor's many investment and analysis products are MarketScope(R),
 Global Markets Live(R), Research InsightSM, Market Insight(R), Index Alert(R),
 and the COMPUSTAT(R) databases.
 
     Standard & Poor's, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies (NYSE:   MHP),
 provides independent financial information, analytical services, and credit
 ratings to the world's financial markets.  Among the company's many products
 are the S&P Global 1200, the first real-time, global equity index, the S&P
 500, the premier U.S. portfolio index, and credit ratings on more than 220,000
 securities and funds worldwide.  With more than 5,000 employees located in 21
 countries, Standard & Poor's is an integral part of the world's financial
 architecture. For more information, visit our website at
 http://www.standardandpoors.com.
 
 SOURCE  Standard & Poor's

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