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WSJ.COM CUSTOMIZES VIEW OF GLOBAL INVESTMENTS.

The Wall Street Journal Interactive Edition (http://wsj.com), Princeton, N.J., has introduced a new, greatly expanded portfolio that lets Interactive Journal subscribers create a highly customized view of their global investments.

Subscribers now can monitor London, Toronto and Hong Kong stocks, plus U.S. options and cash in 57 currencies in addition to U.S. stocks and mutual funds. The new feature offers more than 40 display options. Subscribers can also add personal notes on any issue and set the portfolio's currency and time zone to match their needs. One-click access to dynamic stock charts is also available.

"We have one of the most extensive offerings of financial-market news and data available anywhere - plus the insightful commentary and analysis that puts it all in perspective," said Neil F. Budde, vice president and editor of The Wall Street Journal Interactive Edition. "Now, with the addition of our new portfolio, we're extending that package, giving our subscribers the powerful tools they need to create a highly customized view of the investment data that's most important to them."

The new portfolio is just one of the many features launched by the Interactive Journal during its third year, in which circulation topped 283,000 subscribers - a figure that helped the publication maintain its leadership position among paid-subscription sites.

"We're very pleased with our record paid circulation," said Tom Baker, general manager and vice president of the Interactive Journal. "Our highly desirable demographics and our continued commitment to site enhancements to meet our subscribers needs are extremely appealing to our growing list of advertisers."

International Focus

For the last two years, the Interactive Journal has maintained consistent focus on the global business community, adding resources, including special reporting on major market-moving events in Europe and Asia. Working to address a broader range of needs for the international subscriber base, which is growing by 40% a year, The Wall Street Journal Interactive Edition will soon offer tracking of Japanese securities issues and currencies. Some of the features that have expanded the site's global focus in the last year include:

-- Briefing Books for non-U.S. companies, bringing the total number of these detailed company background reports that include financial data and recent news to 22,000.

-- Data and custom-charting capabilities for stocks in Canada, United Kingdom and Hong Kong.

-- A reporting staff exclusively dedicated to non-U.S. business and markets coverage in Hong Kong.

-- Home pages for Europe (http://wsje.com/) and Asia (http://awsj.com/), each offering content focused on readers in those regions as well as access to information from The Wall Street Journal Europe and The Asian Wall Street Journal.

-- Subscribers can also access the essential business and financial news of an extensive list of countries by accessing dedicated country news pages.

Recent Enhancements:

Also in the last year, the Interactive Journal has added the following:

-- More original reporting, including Dodge's E-conomy, written by PC WEEK editor John Dodge.

-- Mutual Fund Briefing Books: Comprehensive reports on more than 7,100 U.S. mutual funds are now available.

-- Expanded search archive: 30 days of searchable news from The Wall Street Journal, the Interactive Journal, Barron's Online and Dow Jones Newswires.

Awards and Citations:

The Interactive Journal often cited for outstanding reporting and news analysis, has recently been awarded Brill's Content's Best of the Web (April 1999). It is one of PC Magazine's Top 100 sites (March, 1999), and one of Yahoo! Internet Life's Best Sites of 1998.

About The Wall Street Journal Interactive Edition

Introduced in April 1996, The Wall Street Journal Interactive Edition features continuously updated coverage of the full spectrum of business news both in the U.S. and around the world, prepared by a dedicated news staff, supported by the global resources of The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires. Subscribers have access to more than 22,000 in-depth background reports on companies, an archive of news articles, and personal news and stock portfolios. Subscribers can also search the vast Dow Jones Publications Library, featuring current and past articles from 6,000 newspapers, magazines and business-news sources. The Interactive Journal has paid circulation of more than 283,000 subscribers. Subscriptions cost $59 annually or $29 per year for subscribers of any print edition of the Journal or Barron's.

About Dow Jones

Dow Jones Interactive Publishing provides business and financial news and information products to corporations and consumers. In addition to The Wall Street Journal and its international and interactive editions, Dow Jones & Company (NYSE:DJ) publishes Barron's and SmartMoney magazines and other periodicals, Dow Jones Newswires, Dow Jones Indexes, Dow Jones Interactive and the Ottaway group of community newspapers. Dow Jones is co-owner of CNBC television operations in Asia and Europe, and also provides news content to CNBC in the U.S.

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