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Data Downlink Corp. Launches New Web-Based Products

Magazine article Information Today

Data Downlink Corp. Launches New Web-Based Products

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Data Downlink Corporation has announced the availability of Compbook, a new Web-based business information service, and the release of its XML API framework.

Compbook on the Web

Designed for those who need timely, comprehensive comparative financial and business data on groups of companies, Compbook allows users to find peer companies for a target company by setting a range of financial criteria, or searching for companies by industry group or keyword. Once the set of peer companies is determined, the user can select from a collection of different reports to create a highly customized Compbook.

The service provides financial information on companies in more than 100 industries and 50 countries, and offers data in more than a dozen categories. These include balance sheets, income and cash flow statements, operating margin and ratio comparisons, merger and acquisition summaries, risk analysis, statistics, shareholding data, earnings estimates, investment research headlines, archival news headlines, and more.

"Compbook makes the whole process of gathering competitive financial data quick and easy," said Bryan Finkel, managing director of Technology Venture Management. "It is clearly the most user-friendly and most economical way to find out everything you need to know about a company and its peers. Compbook's customized reports are clear and concise, offering the user comprehensive information without clutter."

Compbook draws from many databases, including Market Guide, Mergerstat, Nelson's, BARRA, Carson Group, Investext, Business & Industry, and others. According to Steve Goldstein, founder and CEO of Data Downlink, Compbook is designed for investment bankers and valuation professionals, chief financial officers, business development executives, strategic planners, investor relations professionals, and competitive intelligence practitioners.

"Executives who use Compbook will find that our data reaches deeper from more varied sources than other comparative information sources previously available," said Goldstein. "With 10 or so clicks on a mouse, users can quickly find and access virtually all the financial data available on almost every public company in the U.S. and overseas." Goldstein noted that Compbook provides both quantitative and qualitative information, and that users will be able to select reports in both text and data formats.

Each Compbook can be created and paid for a la carte, so the user only pays for the information required for his or her analysis. …

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