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Service Corp. International has discovered its number is up on the Standard & Poor's 500 stock index.
SCI remains the world's largest operator of funeral homes and cemeteries, but the Houston-based company is being replaced this week by an Internet stock in the widely imitated benchmark.
SCI's expiration as an S&P 500 stock will remove the company from the many buy lists of index funds and other portfolios that seek to replicate the large-company index.
The move deals a blow to SCI less than a month after it was labeled the worst performing stock among 1,000 companies tracked for 1999 by The Wall Street Journal.
Not surprisingly, SCI is …