Standard & Poor's European MarketScope revamps Calendars Web site

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Standard & Poor's, a leading provider of independent investment research, ratings and indices, announced today a relaunch of Standard & Poor's Calendars. The new site is available to all European MarketScope users at www.spalerts.com.

By subscribing to this website, European MarketScope users can now access information up to a year ahead. Standard & Poor's Calendars provides a single benchmark source of reliable, well-structured calendar information for the global financial markets.

Initially launched in May 2002 as a joint venture with Advance Media Information Limited, Standard & Poor's Calendars now provides financial calendar information on over 3,500 stocks worldwide, as well as comprehensive data on global markets.

Content is structured around Standard & Poor's indices and the Standard & Poor's/MSCI Global Industry Classification System (GICS*), enabling clients to monitor what is happening in the sector of their choice both locally and globally.

Users are able to view all forthcoming corporate activity and key dates for the stocks of their choice, as well as receiving contact details for the company where appropriate. Each entry also has a direct link to the company website. The enhanced version includes a number of new functions, including:

- Screening by individual company or portfolio
- Screening by specific timeframe
- Screening by S&P Indices
- Enhanced forward planning abilities up to 12 months ahead
- Customise filters to focus on your portfolio
- View changed events only
- Receive personalised emails highlighting events
- Direct links to Standard & Poor's Buy, Hold & Sell recommendations

Commenting on the relaunch, Geoff Hawksworth, Managing Director at Standard & Poor's, said:

"Standard & Poor's Calendars is a powerful tool that allows clients to put local events in to the context of the global activities across the sector. The enhanced service launched today fine tunes the existing functions and increases its capability, making Standard & Poor's Calendars a 'must-have' service."

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