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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...

2011-08-16 08:46:00

NEW YORK, Aug. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Data through July 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 that second mortgages default rates experienced the largest decrease in July from 1.40% to 1.25%. First mortgage and bank card default rates decreased to 1.93% and 5.64%, respectively, from June rates of 2.02% and 5.69%. Auto loan default rate went down...

2011-08-16 03:00:00

NEW YORK, Aug. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) for Spain declined 0.2 percent in June to 106.9 (2004 = 100), following no change in May, and a 0.2 percent decrease in April. At the same time, The Conference Board Coincident Economic Index® (CEI) for Spain, a measure of current economic activity decreased 0.1 percent in June, to 100.9 (2004 = 100), following a 0.1 percent decrease in May and a 0.1 percent...

2011-07-26 08:52:00

NEW YORK, July 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Data through May 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, showed a second consecutive month of increase in prices for the 10- and 20-City Composites. The 10- and 20-City Composites were up 1.1% and 1.0%, respectively, in May over April. Sixteen of the 20 MSAs and both Composites posted positive monthly increases; Detroit, Las Vegas and Tampa were down over the...

2011-07-21 08:33:00

NEW YORK, July 21, 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 5.58% over the 12-months ending May 2011. The annual growth rate for the Composite accelerated from its all-time low of +5.37% posted in April 2011. This is still 3.16 percentage points below the highest rate for the Composite...

2011-07-20 02:00:00

LONDON, July 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Following extensive research and development, CRU will officially increase the frequency of their monthly US Midwest Plate (A36) price index to weekly from July 20th. "With the continued success of our weekly hot-rolled, cold-rolled and galvanised coil price indices in North America, plate is a natural extension of our flat products portfolio", commented Robert Edwards, CRU's North American flat products analyst. He went on to say, "A...

2011-07-19 08:30:00

NEW YORK, July 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Data through June 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 first and second mortgages default rates decreased in June to 2.02% and 1.40%, respectively, from May rates of 2.09% and 1.42%. Auto loans default rate went down from 1.34% in May to 1.29% in June; and bank cards experienced the largest decrease in June...

2011-07-19 08:10:00

NEW YORK, July 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- S&P 500 companies with full reporting information posted 46.3% of their sales from outside of the United States in 2010, down slightly from the 46.6% posted in 2009 and significantly below the 47.9% recorded in 2008, according to research published today by S&P Indices. The data is derived from the 255 companies within the S&P 500 that have full reporting information. "While the percentage of foreign sales posted a slight tick-downward...


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