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Monday January 18, 12:45 pm Eastern Time

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The Wall Street Journal Interactive Edition Announces Expansion of Information for U.K. and Other Markets Around the Globe

Stock-Chart Feature Provides Important Perspective On U.K. Companies; Additional Stock-Market Data Added for London, Toronto and Hong Kong Exchanges

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 18, 1999-- The Wall Street Journal Interactive Edition (http://wsj.com) today announced the addition of advanced stock charts for more than 4,000 U.K. companies and stock quotes for issues traded on the London, Hong Kong and Toronto exchanges.

Using the Interactive Journal's popular Briefing Book corporate reports feature, subscribers can now easily compare a U.K. stock to other stocks and major indexes. Subscribers can also apply the most popular technical indicators, P/E ratios, dividend yields and other tools to gather instant analysis on a company's performance. These stock charts, which are provided by BigCharts Inc. of Minneapolis, Minnesota, are also available for U.S. and Canadian companies.

``The Interactive Journal has always provided critical insight into the U.K. market with coverage from The Wall Street Journal, The Wall Street Journal Europe, the Dow Jones Newswires and our own newsroom,'' said Neil F. Budde, vice president and editor of the Interactive Journal. ``Now we can further meet the needs of subscribers by enabling them to quickly and accurately analyze performance of United Kingdom companies - with just a couple of keystrokes.''

In addition, subscribers can now access closing stock prices for issues traded on the London, Hong Kong and Toronto exchanges.

``These enhancements represent our continuing commitment to providing subscribers with new and powerful ways to assess global investment and business opportunities,'' said Tom Baker, vice president and general manager for the Interactive Journal. ``We also know this is information that's relevant to a substantial percentage of our subscribers - nearly one-quarter of U.S. subscribers to the Interactive Journal traveled outside the country for business last year and our non-U.S. subscriptions continue to climb.''

Subscriptions from countries besides the U.S. comprise more than 10% of the Interactive Journal's total subscription base. The U.K. represents the fastest-growing subscriber segment outside the U.S., increasing 50% in the last 12 months.

More internationally focused enhancements are planned for later this month, when the Interactive Journal will beta test new portfolio features that will enable subscribers to include issues traded in London, Toronto and Hong Kong in their portfolios as well as currencies and indexes from around the world.

Interactive Journal subscribers can also gather more news and information focused on the U.K. and other European markets. Some of these features include:

  • Stock market round-ups: The Interactive Journal provides concise summaries of major market activity around the world. The U.K. stock market round-up helps subscribers stay informed about trading activity - as well as the news behind the activity. A market fact sheet for Britain is also available. News and fact sheets are also available for nine other European countries, including France, Germany, Switzerland and Belgium.
  • Closing share prices: Prices for the top issues on the London Stock Exchange as well as closing prices for other major European exchanges.
  • Up-to-the-minute U.K. business and market news plus the day's top European news from The Wall Street Journal Europe.
  • Additional information is available on the European version of the Interactive Journal's home page at http://wsje.com.

About The Wall Street Journal Interactive Edition

Introduced in April 1996, The Wall Street Journal Interactive Edition features continuously updated coverage of the full spectrum of business news both in the U.S. and around the world, prepared by a dedicated news staff, supported by the global resources of The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires. Subscribers have access to more than 10,000 in-depth background reports on companies, an archive of news articles, and personal news and stock portfolios. Subscribers can also search the vast Dow Jones Publications Library, featuring current and past articles from 6,000 newspapers, magazines and business-news sources. The Interactive Journal has paid circulation of more than 265,000 subscribers. Subscriptions cost $59 annually or $29 per year for subscribers of any print edition of the Journal or Barron's.

About Dow Jones

In addition to The Wall Street Journal and its international and interactive editions, Dow Jones & Company (NYSE: DJ - news) publishes Barron's and SmartMoney magazines and other periodicals, Dow Jones Newswires, Dow Jones Indexes, Dow Jones Interactive and the Ottaway group of community newspapers.

Dow Jones is co-owner of the CNBC television operations in Asia and Europe, and also provides news content to CNBC in the U.S.

About BigCharts, Inc.

BigCharts Inc. designs, produces and markets interactive online financial charting solutions serving the needs of individual investors and financial institutions. BigCharts can be accessed on the Internet at http://www.BigCharts.com.


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