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2011-09-20 08:41:00

NEW YORK, Sept. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Data through August 2011, released today by S&P Indices and Experian for the S&P/Experian Consumer Credit Default Indices, a comprehensive measure of changes in consumer credit defaults, showed the bank card default rates decreased in August to 5.26% from July's 5.64%. First and second mortgage default rates remained almost flat, with the first mortgage rate moving down from 1.93% in July to 1.92% in August and second mortgage slightly up...

2011-09-15 08:49:00

NEW YORK, Sept. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Data released today by S&P Indices for the S&P Healthcare Economic Composite Index indicate that the average per capita cost of healthcare services covered by commercial insurance and Medicare programs increased by 5.71% over the 12-months ending July 2011. This index has seen a modest acceleration in annual growth rates for three consecutive months -- with readings of +5.34%, +5.55% and +5.59% in April, May and June, respectively. As...

2011-09-15 08:30:00

NEW YORK, Sept. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- S&P Indices announced today that the S&P/Investortools Municipal Bond Indices family have been rebranded the S&P Municipal Bond Indices. The change, which is effective immediately, allows the former S&P/Investortools Municipal Bond Indices to evolve alongside S&P Indices' family of widely followed municipal bond indices which includes the S&P AMT-Free Municipal Series. The S&P Municipal Bond Index, the headline index...

2011-09-15 03:00:00

NEW YORK, Sept. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) for Spain declined 0.9 percent in July to 105.8 (2004 = 100), following a 0.3 percent decrease in June, and a no change in May. At the same time, The Conference Board Coincident Economic Index® (CEI) for Spain, a measure of current economic activity increased 0.1 percent in July, to 101.5 (2004 = 100), following no change in June and no change in May. The...

2011-09-12 08:30:00

NEW YORK, Sept. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- S&P Indices announced today the launch of five new Select Industry Indices. The S&P Select Industry Indices are designed to measure the performance of various narrow Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS®) sub-industries. The index series currently includes 25 indices spanning the 10 GICS sectors. Constituent stocks for the five new indices are members of the S&P Total Market Index (S&P TMI), which includes...

2011-09-08 08:30:00

NEW YORK, Sept. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- S&P Indices announced today the launch of a new, international awards program that recognizes excellence in research on the topic of index-related applications. The first annual SPIVA Awards supports researchers from around the world that explore innovative techniques that enhance the use of indices in the financial markets. USD $75,000 in total prize money (a first prize of $50,000 and an honorable mention of $25,000) will be awarded to...

2011-09-07 17:01:00

NEW YORK, Sept. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- VeriFone Systems Inc. (NYSE: PAY) will replace The Timberland Company (NYSE: TBL) in the S&P MidCap 400 index after the close of trading on Tuesday, September 13, 2011. Timberland is being acquired by S&P 500 constituent V.F. Corp. (NYSE: VFC) in a deal expected to be completed on or about that date pending final approvals. Standard & Poor's will monitor this transaction, and post any relevant updates on its website:...

2011-08-30 08:43:00

NEW YORK, Aug. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Data through June 2011, released today by S&P Indices for its S&P/Case-Shiller(1) Home Price Indices, the leading measure of U.S. home prices, show that the U.S. National Home Price Index increased by 3.6% in the second quarter of 2011, after having fallen 4.1% in the first quarter of 2011. With the second quarter's data, the National Index recovered from its first quarter low, but still posted an annual decline of 5.9% versus the second...

2011-08-18 08:34:00

NEW YORK, Aug. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Data released today by S&P Indices for the S&P Healthcare Economic Composite Index indicate that the average per capita cost of healthcare services covered by commercial insurance and Medicare programs increased by 5.61% over the 12-months ending June 2011. Since posting its lowest annual growth rate in its more than six-year history - +5.37% in April 2011 - the rate for this index accelerated in both May and June. Over the year ending June...

2011-08-16 17:16:00

NEW YORK, Aug. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- S&P will make the following changes to the S&P SmallCap 600 Index: iRobot Corp. (NASD: IRBT) will replace EMS Technologies Inc. (NASD: ELMG) after the close of trading on Friday, August 19. S&P 500 constituent Honeywell International (NYSE: HON) is acquiring EMS Technologies in a deal expected to be completed on or about that date pending final approvals. Tennant Co. (NYSE: TNC) will replace Gerber Scientific Inc. (NYSE: GRB) after the...