UK - Standard & Poor's Equity Research has announced eight new appointments to its European analytical team, bringing the total number of equity analysts based in the region to more than 40.
It has now hired a total of15 new staff for its Equity Research team during the first quarter of 2007, which lifts its coverage universe to nearly 400 large-cap European stocks.
Standard & Poor’s Equity Research director of research Subhajit Gupta said: “Investors are placing ever more emphasis on how value added, cost-effective, transparent and conflict-free their research is. Standard & Poor’s will continue to strengthen its sector coverage in 2007 and provide investors with access to research and industry analysts.”
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