Business Intelligence Provider Hoover's Releases Latest Edition of "The Hoover's Index" of the Top 1,000 Most Searched Companies

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Hoover's today announced the latest edition of "The Hoover's Index," a free, proprietary monthly index of the leading public and private companies, non-profits, and associations which represent the brand leaders, up-and-comers and "buzz" creators driving the U.S. and international economies. Based on a proprietary algorithm that takes into account the search trends of business professionals, including both organic and internal searches on Hoover's site, as well as business searches conducted via major search engines, The Hoover's Index company list is a valuable resource for business executives, financial analysts, mutual fund managers and investment advisors in gauging which companies are capturing the interest of the global business community.

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The biggest movers on this latest list run the gamut from computers and cars, to surf wear and telecom.

Hoover's, Inc. today announced the latest edition of "The Hoover's Index," a free, proprietary monthly index of the leading public and private companies, non-profits, and associations which represent the brand leaders, up-and-comers and "buzz" creators driving the U.S. and international economies.

"The mergers and acquisitions theme continues to be a strong one in this latest edition of The Hoover's Index," said Tim Walker, Hoover's industry expert. "The biggest movers on this latest list run the gamut from computers and cars, to surf wear and telecom."

See complete analysis for the companies below at http://www.hoovers.com/hoovindex.

Acer Inc. (Index #1,007)
Taiwan-based Acer may vie for #3 in the world of PCs (behind Hewlett-Packard and Dell), but it came in at #1 on The Hoover's Index for September.

Saturn Corporation (Index #504)
Like colleagues across the other divisions of General Motors, workers at Saturn walked off the job during the short UAW contract strike in September.

Quiksilver, Inc. (Index #422)
No doubt Quiksilver would have liked its biggest news from September to be the launch of a new women's clothing line -- but it was not to be.

Windstream Corporation
(Index #348)
If you follow the telecom business, don't blink -- you might miss the creation or the dissolution of a billion-dollar business.

(As an example, a Hoover's Index of 406 means that search volume was 4.06 times higher than the average search volume.)

To see the entire list and complete analysis for The Hoover's Index, click "here." Additionally, for those who would like direct delivery of news about the latest developments with The Hoover's Index, the "Hoover's Hottest Companies" newsletter is available "here."

The Hoover's Index, which utilizes more than a billion data points, reveals monthly spikes in business search activity and is based on a proprietary algorithm that takes into account the search trends of business professionals, including both organic and internal searches on Hoover's site, as well as business searches conducted via major search engines. Movement above and below index determines ranking, instead of gross search volume.

About Hoover's, Inc.
Hoover's, a D&B company, gives its customers a competitive edge with insightful information about industries, companies, and key decision makers. Hoover's provides this up-to-date business information for sales, marketing, business development, and other professionals who need intelligence on U.S. and global companies, industries, and the people who lead them. This information, along with powerful tools to search, sort, download and integrate the content, is available through Hoover's, the company's premier online service. Hoover's business intelligence is also available through corporate intranets and distribution agreements with licensees, as well as via Hoover's books. The company is headquartered in Austin, Texas.

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