Standard & Poor's Capital IQ Named Finalist for 2006 Codie Awards for Best Online Professional Financial and Business Information Service

New York, N.Y., February 15, 2006 - Standard & Poor's today announced that its Capital IQ division, a leading provider of high-impact information and workflow solutions to the global investment and financial services communities, was selected by the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) as a finalist in the 21st Annual Codie Awards for "Best Online Professional Financial Information Service" and "Best Business Information Service."

This is the third consecutive year that Capital IQ has been selected as a finalist for the Codie Awards. In 2004, Capital IQ was a finalist for the "Best Software Service" category and in 2005 for "Best Online Professional Financial Information Service" and "Best Solution Integrating Content into an Application".

Since its commercial launch in 2000, Capital IQ has emerged as a leading provider of integrated financial information and technology solutions, developing a series of innovative features that were typically first to market. These include auditable company financials, a screener combining financial and non-financial items, an integrated public and private capital market database, and various relationship development tools. Over 1,200 firms, including most leading investment banks and hundreds of top investment firms, use Capital IQ to acquire better information, generate more ideas, and make smarter decisions.

"Our rapidly growing client base shows that the marketplace has recognized us for providing innovative solutions that map to the workflow of financial professionals," said Steve Turner, Managing Director of Capital IQ. "It is a great honor to be also recognized by the media and our industry peers for the value we deliver to our clients."

Established in 1986, the Codie Awards is the longest-running awards program in the software and information industry, and acknowledge the most innovative products and services. This year the SIIA received 1,026 nominations from over 500 companies for 71 award categories - surpassing the nominations record set in the 2005 Codie Awards. Winners are chosen through a combination of peer and journalist review. The final round of judging will be conducted by members of SIIA, making this the only peer-review awards program in the industry.

"We founded the Codie Awards 21 years ago so that the pioneers of the then-nascent software industry could evaluate and honor each other's work," said Ken Wasch, SIIA President. "The Codies have grown along with the markets it represents, and today competition is fiercer than ever. That makes selection as a Codie finalist a true achievement, and all the companies on this year's list should feel justifiably proud of their recognition."

The 2006 Codie Awards will be presented at a gala event on May 16 at the Westin St. Francis Hotel, San Francisco, Calif.

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