NEW YORK, Aug. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Read the following articles exclusively at S&P Personal Wealth (http://www.personalwealth.com). Standard & Poor's is a division of the McGraw-Hill Companies: "S&P Passes Judgment on Effects of Clinton's Testimony" http://www.personalwealth.com/prn23 The U.S. stock market managed to brush aside President Bill Clinton's grand jury testimony Monday, finishing the day in positive territory after a "sell on the rumor" dip at the open. Market players didn't appear too concerned about one of the biggest Presidential crises in decades. But should they be? Find out what impact, if any, Standard & Poor's market watchers think the testimony will have on the financial markets in Equity Insights. "S&P Cuts Estimate for Hewlett-Packard" http://www.personalwealth.com/prn05 S&P equity analyst Megan Graham-Hackett lowered her fiscal 1998 (Oct.) earnings per share estimate for Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HWP) by $0.07 to $2.85 after the company posted third quarter earnings per share of $0.58, the same as in the year-earlier period, on 5% higher revenues. Graham-Hackett said earnings were at the high end of the company's pre-announced range, helped by larger than expected interest income. She continues to rank the stock 3 STARS (hold), saying it is fairly valued at 15 times her fiscal 1999 earnings per share estimate of $3.65. Get unbiased opinions on stocks in the news every trading day from S&P STARS Picks and Pans. "Cooper Industries Shares Gain on News of Automotive Business Sale" http://www.personalwealth.com/prn03 Shares of Cooper Industries (NYSE: CBE) opened higher after the manufacturer of electrical products, tools and hardware, and automotive products agreed to sell its automotive business to Federal-Mogul Corp. (NYSE: FMO) for about $1.9 billion. CBE also said that it expects to be able to complete its previously-announced $500 million stock repurchase plan before the transaction closes. Other stocks featured in this morning's MarketMovers include Talbots Inc. (NYSE: TLB), Deere & Co. (NYSE: DE), Tommy Hilfiger (NYSE: TOM), Jones Apparel Group (NYSE: JNY), Gadzooks Inc. (Nasdaq: GADZ), J.C. Penney (NYSE: JCP), AnnTaylor Stores (NYSE: ANN), Home Depot (NYSE: HD), Estee Lauder (NYSE: EL), and Limited Inc. (NYSE: LTD). S&P Personal Wealth (www.personalwealth.com) is the award winning service created specifically for individual investors by Standard & Poor's. Investment management features include personalized portfolio recommendations; buy, sell, and hold alerts; free real-time quotes, live market commentary; and in-depth analysis and research on companies and funds from hundreds of Standard and Poor's analysts worldwide. S&P Personal Wealth, recently described as "...easily the best one-stop shopping site for investors.." by Money.com, can also be reached through leading on-line service partners such as AOL, Netscape, Lycos, Quicken/Excite, ABCNEWS.com, Hearst HomeArts, and Mindspring. SOURCE Standard & Poor's -0- 08/18/98 /CONTACT: Mark Roth of Standard & Poor's, A Division of The McGraw-Hill Companies, 212-770-4752/ /Web site: http://www.personalwealth.com/ (HWP CBE FMO TLB DE TOM JNY GADZ JCP ANN HD EL LTD) CO: Standard & Poor's Personal Wealth ST: New York IN: FIN MLM PUB SU: RTG -0- Aug/18/1998 11:10 EOS (PRN) Aug/18/98 11:10 86 â -0- (PRN) Aug/18/ 98 11:25
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