itors NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 10, 1998--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 Reiterates Buy on OfficeMax Shares" http://www.personalwealth.com/prn04 S&P equity analyst Karen Sack reiterated her 5 STARS (buy) recommendation on shares of OfficeMax Inc. (NYSE:OMX) after third quarter earnings per share of $0.27 versus $0.26 were in line with expectations. She says OMX could open 100 units in fiscal 2000 and should see improved margins from a reduction in low-margin computer sales. She also notes that the shares are trading only slightly above book value. Word on the Street brings you comments every trading day from Wall Street's top equity analysts on stocks or industries that are moving significantly. "French Fragrances Sees Lower than Expected Sales, Earnings" http://www.personalwealth.com/prn03 French Fragrances (Nasdaq:FRAG) sees sales of $111.6 million and earnings per share of $0.41 for the third quarter, both below analysts' expectations. The maker of prestige fragrances and related cosmetic products attributed the shortfall to weak retail sales and the resulting inventory buildup of many of its retail customers. FRAG also sees fiscal 1999 earnings below expectations. Other stocks featured in this morning's MarketMovers include Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE:WMT), Simula Inc. (NYSE:SMU), ISG International Software (Nasdaq:SISGF), PartnerRe Ltd. (NYSE:PRE), Wang Laboratories (Nasdaq:WANG), Dollar General (NYSE:DG), Fisher Scientific (NYSE:FSH), Innovex Inc. (Nasdaq:INVX), AirNet Systems (NYSE:ANS), and Level One Communications (Nasdaq:LEVL). "Downside for Stocks Still Appears Limited, S&P's Cherney Says" http://www.personalwealth.com/prn02 Odds favor that the downside for stocks is limited, according to S&P Market Analyst Paul Cherney. He says when the markets display positive breadth expansion, as we've seen in stocks since the October 8th low, downside risk is usually limited because sideline cash which stayed on the sidelines during the equity rally is just waiting for an opportunity to buy. He sees worst-case scenarios of the Dow testing the 8720-8665 area and the S&P 500 testing 1112-1106. 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.
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