Standard & Poor's to Acquire Goldman Sachs' GSCI S&P to Also Obtain Goldman Sachs Sector Indexes and Goldman Sachs Technology Index NEW YORK, February 6 /CNW/ - Standard & Poor's, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies (NYSE: MHP), will acquire the market leading Goldman Sachs Commodity Index ("GSCI") and two equity index families from the Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (NYSE: GS), the two companies announced today. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The GSCI, created in 1991, currently includes 24 commodities and is designed to provide investors with a reliable and publicly available benchmark for investment performance in the commodity markets. The clear commodity index leader, the GSCI has an estimated $60 billion in institutional investor funds tracking it, the majority of that coming through over-the-counter derivatives transactions. After a brief transition period, the index will be renamed the S&P GSCI Commodity Index. "We are excited that the world's most popular commodity index will become part of the world's premier index provider, Standard & Poor's," said Heather Shemilt, global head of Goldman Sachs' commodity index business. "Goldman Sachs looks forward to continuing to work with institutional investors who want to gain exposure to the commodity asset class through index investing." "A well-diversified portfolio now routinely includes exposure to commodities, as investors seek ways to reduce risk, preserve capital and generate alpha," says Robert Shakotko, Managing Director at Standard & Poor's. "Standard & Poor's acquisition of GSCI provides investors with additional tools for portfolio and risk management, while adding to the already potent lineup of S&P indices." Under the terms of the agreement, Standard & Poor's will also acquire the Goldman Sachs Sector Indexes, diversified and broadly representative indexes for healthcare, financial institutions, utilities, consumer companies and cyclical industries; and, the Goldman Sachs Technology Index, a broad composite measure of US traded technology stocks and six technology sub-indexes.