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Standard & Poor's Announces Changes to S&P U.S. Indices.

NEW YORK, May 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Standard & Poor's will make the following changes in the S&P MidCap 400 and S&P SmallCap 600 indices:

Plains Exploration & Production Co. will replace Internet Security Systems Inc. (NASD: ISSX) in the S&P MidCap 400 after the close of trading on Friday, May 14, 2004. Plains Exploration is acquiring S&P SmallCap 600 constituent Nuevo Energy Co. in a deal expected to close on or about that date, subject to shareholder approval. Internet Security Systems will replace Nuevo Energy in the S&P SmallCap 600.

Rayovac Corp. will replace Tom Brown Inc. in the S&P SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Tuesday, May 18, 2004. Tom Brown is being acquired by Encana Corp. (in the S&P/TSX Composite Index) in a deal expected to close on or about that date, subject to the fulfillment of a tender offer. Standard & Poor's will monitor these transactions, and post any relevant updates on its website: http://www.standardandpoors.com/.

Plains Exploration & Production acquires, develops and produces oil and gas, mainly in California, Texas and Louisiana. The company, headquartered in Houston, TX, will be added to the S&P MidCap 400 GICS (Global Industry Classification Standard) Oil & Gas Exploration & Production Sub-Industry Index.

Internet Security Systems provides security management solutions for the Internet, protecting digital assets and ensuring safe and uninterrupted e-business. The company, headquartered in Atlanta, GA, will be added to the S&P SmallCap 600 GICS Internet Software & Services Sub-Industry Index.

Rayovac Corp. is a consumer products company with a diverse portfolio of brands, including Rayovac, VARTA and Remington. The company, headquartered in Madison, WI, will be added to the S&P SmallCap 600 GICS Household Products Sub-Industry Index.
 Following is a summary of the changes:

 S&P MIDCAP 400 INDEX - May 14, 2004

 COMPANY GICS ECONOMIC SECTOR GICS SUB-INDUSTRY
 ADDED Plains Energy Oil & Gas Exploration &
 Exploration & Production
 Production
 DELETED Internet Information Technology Internet Software &
 Security Services
 Systems


 S&P SMALLCAP 600 INDEX - May 14, 2004

 COMPANY GICS ECONOMIC SECTOR GICS SUB-INDUSTRY
 ADDED Internet Security Information Technology Internet Software &
 Systems Services

 DELETED Nuevo Energy Energy Oil & Gas Exploration &
 Production


 S&P SMALLCAP 600 INDEX - May 18, 2004

 COMPANY GICS ECONOMIC SECTOR GICS SUB-INDUSTRY
 ADDED Rayovac Consumer Staples Household Products
 DELETED Tom Brown Energy Oil & Gas Exploration &
 Production




Additions to and deletions from an S&P equity index do not in any way reflect an opinion on the investment merits of the companies concerned.

Standard & Poor's, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies , is the world's foremost provider of independent credit ratings, indices, risk evaluation, investment research, data and valuations. With 5000 employees located in 20 countries, Standard & Poor's is an essential part of the world's financial infrastructure, and has played a leading role for more than 140 years in providing investors with the independent benchmarks they need to feel more confident about their investment and financial decisions. For more information, visit http://www.standardandpoors.com/.

Founded in 1888, The McGraw-Hill Companies is a leading global information services provider meeting worldwide needs in the financial services, education and business information markets through leading brands such as Standard & Poor's, BusinessWeek and McGraw-Hill Education. The Corporation has more than 322 offices in 33 countries. Sales in 2003 were $4.8 billion. Additional information is available at http://www.mcgraw-hill.com/.

CONTACT: David M. Blitzer, Ph.D. Managing Director & Chairman of the Index Committee (212) 438-3907

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