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Times starts new format for stock market listings

Changes designed to make the daily markets report more useful and consistent begin today in the St. Petersburg Times.

The new format, designed after consultation with stockbrokers and readers, will give more space to listings that have high reader interest and will highlight stocks with heavy trading volume or major price changes.

Among the changes:

The 15 most active stocks in the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), American Stock Exchange and NASDAQ listings now are underlined. The stock name will be boldfaced if its price has changed by more than 5 percent.

The 52-week high and low accompany each NYSE stock. And the closing prices in the three exchanges will be boldfaced if a new 52-week high or low was reached that day.

The commodities listings are revised, with more financial futures.

The pages will have each stock and bond listing in the same place every day.

The new listings will include the day's most actively traded stocks in each exchange. If you find that a stock you follow is missing, it means it had low trading volume.

If there is a less actively traded stock that you would like to see in the listings regularly, you may request it by filling out the coupon on Page 4E and sending it to us. We cannot honor every request, but we will include the stocks that have the greatest reader interest.

If you have other comments, please let us hear from you. Write to us at the Business News Department, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg 33731.

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