NEW YORK, Aug. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- BlackRock Inc. (NYSE: BLK: $281) has been picked by S&P Capital IQ as its Focus Stock of the Week. BLK carries S&P Capital IQ's highest investment recommendation of 5-STARS, or Strong Buy. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130524/NY19925LOGO) "We believe BlackRock can grow assets, market share, and operating earnings in a competitive but growing marketplace," said Sonia Parechanian, equity analyst at S&P Capital IQ. "We think the company has relevant scale in a diverse group of products and is a leader in the growing area of passive investments. We find management to be innovative, open, and outspoken, in a transparent, and what we believe is a very good way." To view a video of Ms. Parechanian discussing BLK click on the following link. http://bit.ly/SPCIQ081213About S&P Capital IQ S&P Capital IQ, a part of McGraw Hill Financial (NYSE:MHFI), is a leading provider of multi-asset class and real time data, research and analytics to institutional investors, investment and commercial banks, investment advisors and wealth managers, corporations and universities around the world. Evaluated pricing is prepared by Standard & Poor's Securities Evaluations, Inc., a part of S&P Capital IQ and a registered investment adviser with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. S&P Capital IQ provides a broad suite of capabilities designed to help track performance, generate alpha, identify new trading and investment ideas, and perform risk analysis and mitigation strategies. Through leading desktop solutions such as Capital IQ, Global Credit Portal and MarketScope Advisor desktops; enterprise solutions such as S&P Valuations; and research offerings, including Leveraged Commentary & Data, Global Markets Intelligence, and company and fund research, S&P Capital IQ sharpens financial intelligence into the wisdom today's investors need. For more information, visit www.spcapitaliq.com. For more information contact:Marc Eiger, Communications, Tel.: firstname.lastname@example.org All information provided by S&P Capital IQ is impersonal and not tailored to the needs of any person, entity or group of persons. Past performance is no indication of future results. S&P Capital IQ and its affiliates provide a wide range of services to, or relating to, many organizations, including issuers of securities, investment advisers, broker-dealers, investment banks, other financial institutions and financial intermediaries, and accordingly may receive fees or other economic benefits from those organizations, including organizations whose securities or services they may recommend, rate, include in model portfolios, evaluate or otherwise address.