FEATURED ARTICLES FROM S&P PERSONAL WEALTH

NEW YORK, Sept. 16 /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 Index Changes -- Who's in, Who's Out"      http://www.personalwealth.com/prn04      Standard & Poor's said it will replace Saks Holdings (NYSE: SKS) in the      S&P MidCap 400 Index with Abercrombie & Fitch (NYSE: ANF) after the close      of trading on September 17. S&P said ANF will be added to the S&P MidCap      400 Retail (Specialty-Apparel) industry group.  SKS is being acquired by      S&P MidCap 400 component Proffitt's Inc. (NYSE: PFT) in a transaction      expected to close on that date.  The merger is still pending shareholder      approval.      "RF Micro Devices Sees Stronger than Expected 2nd Quarter Profit"      http://www.personalwealth.com/prn03      RF Micro Devices (Nasdaq: RFMD) sees higher than expected second quarter      earnings of $0.09-$0.10 on revenues of $28 million to $30 million.  The      company cited higher than anticipated wafer availability and demand from      Korean customers.  Other stocks featured in this morning's MarketMovers      include MEMC Electronic Materials (NYSE: WFR), Arkansas Best      (Nasdaq: ABFS), Building Materials Holdings (Nasdaq: BMHC), Phoenix      Technologies (Nasdaq: PTEC), Rawlings Sporting Goods (Nasdaq: RAWL),      PanAmSat Corp. (Nasdaq: SPOT), Isis Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: ISIP),      Progress Software (Nasdaq: PRGS), and Butler Manufacturing (NYSE: BBR).      "Equity Markets Building Confidence, S&P's Cherney Says"      http://www.personalwealth.com/prn02      Tuesday's close in the equity markets was much better than most of the      action during the day, which S&P Market Analyst Paul Cherney says is a      positive.  Other bullish signs are a third consecutive gain for the      S&P 500 and improving breadth, he notes.  All in all, Cherney says, they      indicate a market that is building confidence.  MarketViews provides the      thoughts of leading investment strategists, portfolio managers and other      market mavens on the stock and bond markets and the state of the economy.      MarketViews also features Paul Cherney's market commentary every weekday      evening.   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 /CONTACT:  Mark Roth of Standard & Poor's, A Division Of The McGraw-Hill Companies, 212-770-4752/  /Web site:  http://www.personalwealth.com/  (SKS ANF PFT WFR ABFS BMHC PTEC RAWL SPOT ISIP PRGS BBR)  CO: ST:  New York IN:  FIN PUB SU: -0- Sep/16/1998   11:38 EOS   (PRN)    Sep/16/98    11:38      86 â -0- (PRN) Sep/16/1998   11:53