Enforcement of a no smoking policy placed Marriott International back onto the list after it spent more than a month beyond the top 100 ranks. The news behind the biggest movers ranged from competitive pricing moves to policy changes and earnings announcements.
Austin, TX (PRWEB) October 6, 2006
Hoover's, Inc. today announced the latest edition of “The Hoover’s 100”, a monthly list of the companies most searched on the company’s Web site. Hoover’s is the leading provider of proprietary business insight to U.S. businesses.
Derived by tracking the search requests of Hoover’s subscribers, The Hoover’s 100 provides insight on which companies are being watched most closely by corporate executives, as well as sales, marketing, and business development professionals, who represent a large portion of Hoover’s customers seeking business intelligence.
This month, Hoover’s also launched the Hoover’s APAC 50 (http://www.hoovers.com/global/hoov/index.xhtml?pageid=15619) and the Hoover’s EMEA 50 (http://www.hoovers.com/global/hoov/index.xhtml?pageid=15618), corresponding monthly lists that highlight the most searched companies in the Asia-Pacific region and the Europe-Middle East-Africa region.
“Many of the big movers on this month’s list are either newcomers or re-entries onto The Hoover’s 100,” said Tim Walker, Hoover’s industry analyst. “Enforcement of a no smoking policy placed Marriott International back onto the list after it spent more than a month beyond the top 100 ranks. The news behind the biggest movers ranged from competitive pricing moves to policy changes and earnings announcements.”
[CVS Corporation (From #118 to #75)
[Walgreen Co. (From #148 to #88)
The two largest independent drugstore chains in the US – CVS Corporation and Walgreen Co. – each climbed in the September rankings. Both of these chains, along with everybody else in the industry, got a jolt when Wal-Mart, “Shaker of Markets” (and perennial top dog in The Hoover’s 100), announced that it would begin filling generic prescriptions for just $4. The gigantic retailer is testing the generics plan in Florida and may expand it nationwide in 2007. Other big retailers, including Target and Fred's, have pledged to match Wal-Mart's low price.
[Marriott International, Inc. (From #156 to #91)
Marriott International climbed The Hoover’s 100 ladder in September – the same month it began enforcing a smoking ban in its North American hotels. The ban, which was announced this summer, applies to more than 2,300 locations in the U.S. and Canada. Besides the company’s namesake brand, the ban applies to hotels that operate under Marriott’s other marquees, including The Ritz-Carlton, Renaissance, Courtyard, Residence Inn, SpringHill Suites, and Fairfield Inn. Marriott says that it made the move in response to customer health concerns; the hotelier touts the ban as the largest ever in the lodging industry.
[Yahoo! Inc. (From #98 to #47)
Yahoo! Inc. made the financial headlines in mid-September, but probably not in the way it would have liked. The online giant is still growing and still profitable – but that’s not always enough for Wall Street. After Yahoo! announced that slowing sales of advertising would bring the company in at the low end of its revenue estimate for the third quarter, jittery investors promptly sliced off a tenth of the company’s value. Some of Yahoo!’s friends and rivals in the online space, including Google, eBay and Amazon.com, likewise slid in the wake of the news.
The Hoover’s 100 for September 2006:
Rank Company Last Month Change
1 Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. 6 +
2 General Electric Company 1 -
3 Dell Inc. 10 +
4 Johnson & Johnson 4 nc
5 Hewlett-Packard Company 8 +
6 The Procter & Gamble Company 13 +
7 Bank of America Corporation 2 -
8 Target Corporation 16 +
9 Microsoft Corporation 7 -
10 International Business Machines Corporation 5 -
11 Pfizer Inc 3 -
12 Citigroup Inc. 9 -
13 Starbucks Corporation 34 +
14 Apple Computer, Inc. 25 +
15 The Coca-Cola Company 36 +
16 JPMorgan Chase & Co. 11 -
17 NIKE, Inc. 44 +
18 Verizon Communications Inc. 12 -
19 The Home Depot, Inc. 15 -
20 General Motors Corporation 40 +
21 AT&T Inc. 14 -
22 Google Inc. 35 +
23 American International Group, Inc. 18 -
24 Ford Motor Company 60 +
25 Motorola, Inc. 21 -
26 Cisco Systems, Inc. 17 -
27 PepsiCo, Inc. 41 +
28 The Walt Disney Company 23 -
29 Abbott Laboratories 19 -
30 3M Company 20 -
31 Gap Inc. 29 -
32 Oracle Corporation 26 -
33 Federated Department Stores, Inc. 33 nc
34 Merck & Co., Inc. 38 +
35 The Boeing Company 59 +
36 McDonald's Corporation 82 +
37 Best Buy Co., Inc. 48 +
38 Sprint Nextel Corporation 24 -
39 Intel Corporation 39 nc
40 Exxon Mobil Corporation 43 +
41 American Express Company 37 -
42 Honeywell International Inc. 28 -
43 Electronic Data Systems Corporation 22 -
44 Wachovia Corporation 30 -
45 Time Warner Inc. 46 +
46 Accenture Ltd 32 -
47 Yahoo! Inc. 98 +
48 Abercrombie & Fitch Co. 142 +
49 Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc. 58 +
50 Limited Brands, Inc. 56 +
To see the entire list of The Hoover’s 100 on the Web site.
Click here to see the latest “Hoover’s Leadership 100”, a corresponding monthly list that highlights the biographies, company affiliations and salaries for the leaders of the most-searched companies.
Click here to see the latest URL “Hoover’s APAC 50” and the latest URL “Hoover’s EMEA 50”, corresponding monthly lists that highlight the most searched companies in the Asia-Pacific region and the Europe-Middle East-Africa region.
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