S&P Unveils Index Information Product

March 11, 2003 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - Standard & Poor's (S&P) has introduced a new tool oriented specifically for the advisor community, providing data and analysis into Standard & Poor's three US Indices: the S&P 500, the S&P MidCap 400, and the S&P SmallCap 600.

The S&P Indices module is a component of Standard & Poor’s Advisor Insight product suite and provides:

  • index descriptions, inclusion and removal criteria
  • constituent lists
  • constituent company profiles
  • market and earnings data on the indices
  • daily updates of index changes
  • S&P’s quarterly research reports on the active-versus-index management debate

Also included in the release is S&P’s US Indices Tutorial, which brings users through the process involved in maintaining S&P US Indices and provides sector breakdowns of the S&P 500 using the S&P Stock Guide Database.  Further, the tutorial utilizes the Global Industry Classification System (GICS), the industry classification system used in all S&P indices, and it incorporates factors such as profitability, liquidity, and sector representation of individual stocks, which are typically overlooked in other index information tools.  The complete S&P US Index Guidelines are also available within the module, according to the news release.
Users also have access to a list of current constituents of S&P US Indices, their current share prices, top price movers, industry sector breakdowns, and dividend payment information.  In addition, three methods of earnings estimates on the S&P 500 are provided: operating, as-reported, and S&P Core Earnings.

More information can be found at www.advisorinsight.com .