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Raising S&P's Capital IQ
Standard & Poor's, a division of McGraw Hill (NYSE: MHP) and vendor of various investment research, indices and ratings products, has agreed to buy CapitalIQ, another vendor of information to investor and financial services firms, terms undisclosed.
Like S&P, CapitalIQ provides data on public and private operating companies, private equity firms, transactions, and executives along with tools for financial analysis, contact development and workflow management. However, CapitalIQ operates a more current technology platform and in some cases carries greater detail in its databases than S&P.
CapitalIQ claimed to double its client headcount in the period 2003 - 2004, during which time it also acquired SimplyStocks, an Indian firm delivering outsourced financial reports. (Brace yourself for growing quantities of Indian-outsourced US market financial data aggregation, stock analysis and report preparation.)
Launched in late 2000, New York-based CapitalIQ serves 700+ investment banking, investment management, private equity, advisory services, and S&P 500 clients. The company employs about 1,000 in the US, UK, and India. CapitalIQ investors cashing out in the deal include Merrill Lynch, CSFB, JP Morgan Chase, FleetBoston and Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein.
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