A note to our readers

December 18, 2004|By Bernie Kohn

Beginning today, we are making some changes in the weekly markets roundup that appears in the Saturday Business section.

As with the weekday listings, we are reducing the amount of space devoted to markets information by approximately one page, but are not reducing the number of stock and mutual fund listings. Many of the data fields that no longer appear in the weekday stock listings will be in the weekly listings.

Here are some of the changes in the markets pages:

In the weekly mutual fund listings, the three-year total return field is being eliminated. The five-year return remains.

In the Saturday NYSE stock listings, we are eliminating ticker symbols (though they will remain in the Sun Stocks list). Year-to-date return will replace trading volume as a data field, and price-to-earnings ratio (P/E) will replace the dividend field. (Yield, a relative measure of dividend payouts, remains as a data field.)

In the Saturday Nasdaq/Amex listings, we are eliminating the ticker symbol, dividend and yield fields, replacing trading volume with P/E ratio, and adding a year-to-date return field.

As with the weekday listings, we are listing mutual funds from T. Rowe Price, Legg Mason and other local fund managers in a separate box labeled Local Mutual Funds box. These listings will not be duplicated in the main table.

You can send requests for stocks or mutual funds to be added to our main tables, ask questions about our listings or just express an opinion by e-mail at stocks@baltsun.com. Requests to add specific stocks or funds will be sent to our vendor, the Associated Press, within 48 hours.

Bernie Kohn

Assistant Managing Editor/Business

410-332-6892; bernie.kohn@baltsun.com

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