Standard & Poor's launches European MarketScope on MarketXS' platform

London/Amsterdam, January 21, 2005 - Standard & Poor's, the leading provider of independent investment research, ratings and indices, has launched its European MarketScope service on MarketXS' market data technology and trading solutions platform. S&P European MarketScope, already available on Reuters and Bloomberg and on the web, is a leading source of independent real-time, filtered analysis and commentary on the European equity markets. Its subscribers are principally sell-side sales/traders and buy-side investors, and its key features include a unique view on minute-by-minute equity market.

The S&P European MarketScope offering on MarketXS' terminal application MarketXSPro will provide increased functionality to its customers. The S&P European MarketScope headlines can be integrated with the MarketXSPro Headlines window, and clients will be able to screen and search for specific stories relating to particular countries or sectors. Other benefits include access to the archiving function offered through MarketXSPro, as all news stories will be stored, allowing for easy reference and immediate retrieval.

Geoff Hawksworth, Managing Director of Standard & Poor's, commented: 'We are pleased that our clients will now be able to access S&P European MarketScope through MarketXS. European MarketScope is dedicated to delivering independent analysis, commentary and news to help clients make better investment decisions.'

Commenting on the development, Ronald Kleinveld, Managing Director of MarketXS, said: 'We are happy to now have S&P European MarketScope on the MarketXS platform. It is an excellent source for explaining stock moves, for trading recommendations and investment advice that will be valuable to our clients.'

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