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2014-04-24 00:20:40

BEIJING, April 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Conference Board Leading Economic Index(® )(LEI) for China increased 1.2 percent in March. The index stands at 285.7 (2004 = 100), following a 0.9 percent increase in February and a 0.3 percent increase in January. Four of the six components contributed positively to the index in March. "The rise in the Leading Economic Index for China accelerated in March from February," said Andrew Polk, resident economist at The Conference Board China...

2014-04-23 00:20:38

SINGAPORE, April 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Global energy and commodity news and price reporting agency Argus and IHS Inc. (NYSE: IHS), a leading global source of critical information and insight, have licensed the API 8 coal index to Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing (HKEx) to enable the listing of coal derivative products. HKEx will launch API 8 thermal coal futures contracts, to be traded on its derivatives market later this year, pending regulatory approval and market readiness, the...

2014-04-21 20:21:16

NEW YORK, April 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) for Australia increased 0.3 percent in February to 128.6 (2004 = 100), following a 0.2 percent increase in January, and a 0.9 percent increase in December. At the same time, The Conference Board Coincident Economic Index® (CEI) for Australia, a measure of current economic activity, increased 0.4 percent in February to 124.2 (2004 = 100), following a 0.2 percent increase in January, and a...

2014-04-15 20:22:15

NEW YORK, April 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Repligen Corporation (NASD:RGEN) will replace Hi-Tech Pharmacal Co., Inc. (NASD:HITK) in the S&P SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Thursday, April 17. S&P SmallCap 600 constituent Akorn Inc. (NASD:AKRX) is acquiring Hi-Tech Pharmacal Co. in a deal expected to be completed soon. Repligen Corporation is a life sciences company focused on the development, production and commercialization of high-value consumable products used in...

2014-04-14 20:23:31

NEW YORK, April 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- S&P SmallCap 600 constituent Umpqua Holdings Corp. (NASD:UMPQ) will replace Scientific Games Corp. (NASD:SGMS) in the S&P MidCap 400, and Scientific Games will replace Umpqua Holdings in the S&P SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Thursday, April 17. Umpqua Holdings is acquiring Sterling Financial Corp (NASD:STSA) in a deal expected to be completed on April 18, pending final conditions. Umpqua Holdings will have a post-merger...

2014-04-09 20:22:03

NEW YORK, April 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) for Japan was unchanged in February, remaining at 100.8 (2004 = 100), following a 0.3 percent decline in January and a 0.2 percent decline in December. At the same time, The Conference Board Coincident Economic Index® (CEI) for Japan, a measure of current economic activity, declined 0.1 percent in February to 96.9 (2004 = 100), following a 0.2 percent increase in January, and a 0.1 percent...

2014-04-09 12:25:50

Dividend Rate Increases $17.8 Billion NEW YORK, April 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- S&P Dow Jones Indices announced today that dividend net increases (increases less decreases) rose $17.8 billion during the first quarter of 2014 for U.S. domestic common stock compared to a $14.5 billion increase in the first quarter of 2013 - equating to a 22.9% quarter over quarter increase. 1,078 dividend increases were reported during the quarter, displacing the prior first quarter record of 1,069...

2014-04-02 20:23:09

NEW YORK, April 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- S&P SmallCap 600 constituent PacWest Bancorp (NASD: PACW) will replace ManTech International Corp. (NASD: MANT) in the S&P MidCap 400, and ManTech International will replace PacWest Bancorp in the S&P SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Monday, April 7. PacWest is acquiring CapitalSource Inc. (NYSE: CSE) in a deal expected to be completed on that date, pending final conditions. PacWest will have a post-merger market...

2014-03-31 12:28:48

-- Total U.S. Medical Costs Rising at a Slower Pace NEW YORK, March 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- S&P Dow Jones Indices, a leading global provider of financial market indices, announced today the results of the S&P Healthcare Claims Indices showing healthcare costs rose 3.5% in the 12 months ended November 2013 compared to the 4.9% rise for the 12 months ended November 2012. Medical costs - inpatient and outpatient hospitalization plus professional services - rose 3.7% and...

2014-03-28 08:22:49

DALLAS, March 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Swank Capital, LLC and Cushing(®) MLP Asset Management, LP announced today upcoming changes to the constituents of The Cushing(®) Upstream Energy Income Index (the "Index") as part of normal index operations. After the markets close on April 4, 2014 the 25 constituents of the Index will be adjusted and rebalanced and the changes will become effective on April 7, 2014. Cushing(®) Upstream Energy Index constituents effective April 7, 2014...


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