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TEXT-S&P, J.D. Power auto industry conference Oct 15

Oct 2 - Standard & Poor's Ratings Services' analysts and deputy chief economist will be joined by industry analysts from LMC Automotive Ltd. and Power Information Network (PIN), a division of J.D. Power and Associates, for a discussion of the U.S. and global auto markets, rated companies and suppliers. This annual conference will be held at The McGraw-Hill Companies Auditorium at 1221 Sixth Avenue. Registration and continental breakfast start at 8 a.m., with presentations to begin at 8:30. Lunch follows the end of the presentations at 12:30.

Agenda highlights include:

-- Global Economic Outlook--Driving in Low Gear--Beth Ann Bovino, Standard & Poor's Deputy Chief Economist

-- Is Chaos the New Normal for Autos? An Outlook for Global Light Vehicles--Jeff Schuster, Senior Vice President, LMC Automotive

-- Retail Sales--The Health Check of the Auto Industry--Thomas King, Senior Director, PIN, a division of J.S. Power and Associaties.

-- Outlook for U.S. Automaker and Auto Supplier Credit Quality-Standard & Poor's Automotive Credit Analysts

-- Auto-Related Structured Finance Outlook--Standard & Poor's Structured Finance Analysts To obtain the full agenda and to register, the media can contact the media representative listed here.

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(New York Ratings Team)

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