The Washington Post today introduces several significant changes to its daily listings of securities prices and market indicators.
For many readers, the most important feature of the redesign will be new tables and charts that provide a fuller view of the stock market's performance.
The redesign also reflects the rise of the Nasdaq Stock Market in the past decade as the main rival to the New York Stock Exchange, and thus reduces the amount of information provided on American Stock Exchange issues. The more complete listing of Amex stocks will continue to run on Sundays.
At the same time, The Post's World Wide Web site, www.washingtonpost.com, today introduces a new page (www.washingtonpost. com/markets) with links to even more financial data, charts, and securities and currency prices.
Among the new features in the newspaper:
Comprehensive information on 19 stock indexes that were selected to allow investors to compare the performance of various categories of the nation's more than 9,000 publicly traded stocks. Previously, The Post only provided limited information on 12 domestic stock indexes.
Some of the new indexes, such as the Nasdaq computer index, the Nasdaq telecommunications index and the Goldman Sachs Internet index, provide insight on companies that form the core of the digital economy. The Goldman Sachs index, for instance, is made up of a select group of "blue chip" Internet companies with a large market capitalization. It also trades on the Chicago Board Options Exchange.
Other indexes, such as the Standard & Poor's mid-cap and small-cap indexes, show the performance of smaller companies' stocks. The Post also will begin listing the daily performance of the Washington Post-Bloomberg regional stock index, a comprehensive index of more than 200 publicly owned companies in the District, Maryland and Virginia.
A guide to the daily, four-week and year-to-date returns of the 15 largest stock mutual funds.
A list of the daily, four-week and year-to-date performance of 15 mutual fund categories, such as balanced funds, emerging-market funds and utility funds. This offers investors another picture of the markets and also can help provide a comparison with individual funds.
Longer lists of the most active stocks, biggest gainers and biggest losers on the NYSE and Nasdaq.
Charts showing the recent performance of the Dow Jones industrial average and the Nasdaq composite index.
A chart tracking the yields in the past six months of five Treasury securities--30-year bonds, 10-year notes, two-year notes, one-year bills and three-month bills.
A listing of 10 key interest rates.
For production reasons, The Post will discontinue its listings of individual stock option prices, index options and Treasury bills. The listing of Treasury notes will include only selected, near-term maturities.
Much of this information, however, can be found on The Post's Web site, and additional features will be added to the site in the coming months.