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NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 2, 2003

ASIA-PACIFIC UPDATE:

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

COMING UP:

-- Bank Industry Risk Analysis: France

-- Banks' Exposure to Commercial Real Estate

-- Hurricane Isabel Slams U.S. East Coast Electric Utilities

-- S&P Global Bond Markets' Weakest Links & Monthly Default Rates

-- Standard & Poor's Response to the AICPA's Proposed Statement

of Position on Allowance for Credit Losses

-- Standard & Poor's Updates its HCLTV HCLTV Home Equity Combined Loan to Value
HCLTV High Combined Loan to Value (mortgage) 
 Default Loss Curve

Assumptions

-- With an Eye on Expansion, U.S. Student Loan ABS Issuers Turn

to Europe

-- Credit Trends of Temasek-Linked Cos. and Implications of

Singapore's Temasek Charter

-- Singapore's Temasek-Linked Cos.: Is Government or Parent

Credit Support Reliable?

-- ONEOK Energy M&T Mitigates Risk in a Risky Business

-- Steel Industry Outlook and Tariff Implications

-- U.S. Electricity Commodity Report

-- 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. : EMI (ElectroMagnetic Interference) An electrical disturbance in a system due to natural phenomena, low-frequency waves from electromechanical devices or high-frequency waves (RFI) from chips and other electronic devices. Allowable limits are governed by the FCC.  Group PLC

-- Credit FAQ: Eastman Kodak Co.

-- Peer Comparison: U.S. Craft Chains

-- Comparison Report: Global Packaging Companies

-- ROC Report October 2003

UPCOMING TELECONFERENCES

-- U.S. Media & Entertainment/Lodging & Gaming Industry Credit

Quality-Thurs., Oct. 2 at 2 p.m.

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

PUBLISHED:

RESEARCH COMMENT & FEATURE ARTICLES

CORPORATES

-- A Critical Eye on MCI's New Governance Practices

-- Industry Report Card Released on U.S. Electric, Gas, and Water

Companies

-- European Carmakers' Ratings Unaffected by Block Exemption

Regs, but Dealers' Credit May Slip

-- AWB See House Air Waybill.  Implements Ring-Fenced Structure for Wheat Export Business

-- Industry Report Card Released on U.S. Lodging & Gaming

-- Drug Reimportation re·im·port  
tr.v. re·im·port·ed, re·im·port·ing, re·im·ports
To bring back into a country (goods made from its exported raw materials).



re·im
 Faces Obstacles

FINANCIAL SERVICES

-- SAFECO Corp. and Subsidiaries Commented On

-- Report Examines Changes to Standard & Poor's Risk-Based

Capital Model for U.S. Insurers

-- Article Discusses Effect of Recent Sept. 11, 2001-Related

Court Ruling on Insurers

-- Global Reinsurer re·in·sure  
tr.v. re·in·sured, re·in·sur·ing, re·in·sures
To insure again, especially by transferring all or part of the risk in a contract to a new contract with another insurance company.
 Downgrades Stem from Poor Profitability, Not

Lack of Capital

GLOBAL FIXED INCOME

-- Fallen Angels Invigorate in·vig·or·ate  
tr.v. in·vig·or·at·ed, in·vig·or·at·ing, in·vig·or·ates
To impart vigor, strength, or vitality to; animate: "A few whiffs of the raw, strong scent of phlox invigorated her" 
 European High-Yield Bond Market

INFRASTRUCTURE FINANCE

-- Assessing the Likely Impact of the New EU Electricity Market

Directives on European Utilities

PUBLIC FINANCE

-- Use of Securitization by U.K. Health Care Providers Set to

Rise

-- European Public Sector Covered Bond Collateral Gains

Increasing International Exposure

SOVEREIGNS

-- Consensus for Reform Required to Stabilize Japan's Credit

Ratings

-- Report Discusses Serious Challenges to Modernize Fiscal

Federalism in Russia

STRUCTURED FINANCE

-- Criteria Published on Legal Aspects of Rating CMBS CMBS

See: Commercial Mortgage Backed Securities
 

Transactions

-- Report Shows Major 'AAA' Rated Bond Insurers' Profits Rose in

2003 First Half

-- Report Published on Effect of Insolvency Jurisdictions for

European Corporate Securitizations

-- Mexico, the New Venue for Consumer Loan Securitization in

Latin America

RATING ACTIONS

CORPORATE RATINGS

-- Rayovac Corp. Ratings Lowered After Completion of Remington

Acquisition

-- SFL's Outlook Cut to Neg, LT 'BBB' Rating Affirmed, ST Rating

Cut to 'A-3' Sophia on WatchNeg

FINANCIAL SERVICES RATINGS

-- Four HVB HVB Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia (Airport Code)
HVB Hawaii Visitors Bureau
HVB Central-European International Bank (Hungary)
HVB High Volume Breeder (puppy mill) 
 Group Subsidiaries Ratings Off Watch After Spin-Off;

Hypo International Assigned 'A-'

SOVEREIGN RATINGS

-- Ratings on Dominican Republic Lowered; Outlook Negative

-- Ratings on Mongolia Affirmed at 'B/B'; Outlook Stable

STRUCTURED FINANCE RATINGS

-- Ratings on Various GE Mortgage-Backed RMBS RMBS Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities
RMBS Rambus, Inc. (NASDAQ stock symbol)
RMBS Russian Mortgage-Backed Securities
 Deals Being

Evaluated Post Corporate Downgrade

RESEARCH ANALYSES:

CORPORATES

-- RJ Reynolds Tobacco Holdings Inc.

-- AES Gener S.A.

-- DaVita Inc.

-- Pactiv Corp.

-- Canadian Tire Corp. Ltd.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

-- HSBC Bank Australia HSBC Bank Australia Limited (formerly the Hongkong Bank of Australia Limited) was granted a banking license in 1986 having been established as HSBC Finance Company Limited in 1965. It is part of the worldwide HSBC Group.  Ltd.

-- Focus Wickes (Finance) PLC

-- Banque de Financement et de Tresorerie

LOCAL AND REGIONAL GOVERNMENTS

-- Tasmania (State of)

PUBLIC FINANCE

-- Fysikhuset Stockholm KB

SOVEREIGNS

-- European Atomic Energy Community European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom or EAEC), economic organization that came into being as the 3d treaty organization of what has become the European Union; established by the Treaty of Rome (1958).  

STRUCTURED FINANCE

-- New Issue: GSAMP GSAMP Global Strategy for Asthma Management and Prevention  Trust 2003-HE2
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