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NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 14, 2003

Here is the current lineup of top articles and research from Standard & Poor's Ratings Services:

COMING UP:

-- Keys to Success in the Semiconductor Industry

-- Noble Energy Benefits From Overseas Investment

-- Credit FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) A group of commonly asked questions about a subject along with the answers. Vendors often display them on their Web sites for use as troubleshooting guidelines. : Keyspan Corp.

-- Adjusting for Off-Balance-Sheet Leases in Airline Credit

Ratios

-- Credit FAQ: Duke Energy

-- Credit FAQ: Dow Chemical

-- Asia-Pacific Banking: Outlook for 2004

-- Asia-Pacific Banking: A Comparative Analysis of Industry Risk

UPCOMING TELECONFERENCES:

-- Teleconference: Structured Finance - Trends in U.S.

Residential Mortgage Products: Second-Quarter 2003 LTV LTV

See: Loan-to-value ratio
 FICO FICO

See: Financing corporation
 

Scores, and Credit Support Levels, Fri., Aug. 15 @ 1:30 PM

(All times U.S. Eastern. For further details, please see ratingsdirect.com or standardandpoors.com.)

PUBLISHED:

RESEARCH REPORTS

CORPORATES

-- Peer Comparison of Argentine Oil and Gas Companies Shows

Stability Despite Country's Economy

-- Industry Report Card: U.S. Telecommunications and Cable

Industry

-- Keys to Success for the Steel Industry

-- Peer Comparison Report Released on U.S. Speculative-Grade Pay

TV Companies

FINANCIAL SERVICES

-- Industry Report Card Released on Japanese Insurers

-- The Unintended Consequences of Reinsurance The contract made between an insurance company and a third party to protect the insurance company from losses. The contract provides for the third party to pay for the loss sustained by the insurance company when the company makes a payment on the original contract.  Collateralization In medicine, collateralization, also vessel collaterlization and blood vessel collateralization, is the growth of a blood vessel or several blood vessels that serve the same end organ or vascular bed as another blood vessel that cannot adequately supply that end organ  

STRUCTURED FINANCE

-- European Credit Card Indexes Show Continuing Growth in Stable

Securitization Market

INFRASTRUCTURE

-- U.K. Electricity Sector Looks to Mothballed Plants for

Stability as Prices Continue to Rise

RATING ACTIONS

CORPORATE RATINGS

-- Ratings on AGL (programming) AGL - (Atelier de Genie Logiciel) French for IPSE.  and NGC NGC New General Catalogue (of Nebulae and Star Clusters; astronomy)
NGC National Geographic Channel (TV)
NGC National Guideline Clearinghouse
 Affirmed and Removed from CreditWatch

Negative

-- Tesoro Petroleum Corp. 'BB-' Ratings Affirmed, Outlook Revised

to Stable

-- Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.'s Senior Unsecured Debt Rated

'AA-';Other Ratings Affirmed

FINANCIAL SERVICES RATINGS

-- Halyk Savings Bank of Kazakhstan Ratings Raised to 'B+/B';

Outlook Stable

SOVEREIGN RATINGS

-- L-T Rating on Cook Islands Raised to 'B+' With Improved Fiscal

Management; Outlook Positive

STRUCTURED FINANCE RATINGS

-- ARMS Targets Broader Investor Base With Latest RMBS RMBS Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities
RMBS Rambus, Inc. (NASDAQ stock symbol)
RMBS Russian Mortgage-Backed Securities
 Issue

RESEARCH ANALYSES:

CORPORATES

-- Compal Electronics Inc.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

-- Friends Provident Life and Pensions Ltd.

-- Merrill Lynch & Co. Inc.

SOVEREIGNS

-- Cook Islands

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