Barra Massages Shareholders And Tries To Control Costs In Face Of Slow Profit Growth

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Despite the fact that Barra Inc.'s profits continue to be flat, the vendor's stock price rose early this month following the release of a positive analyst's report and the publication of flattering story in the San Francisco Chronicle. Barra officials say they now hope that the spike, combined with beefed-up efforts to control costs, will contribute to the vendor's efforts to raise its profile among investors. Meanwhile, at a time when Reuters' Instinet Corp. is growing like gangbusters, Bar

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