I wonder if Gartner saw this coming.

Standard & Poors Dow Jones Indices is dropping business services firm Dun & Bradstreet from its prestigious S&P 500 Index, and replacing them with Gartner.

That’s a lot of & signs for one sentence.

The S&P 500 is a listing of the largest 500 companies whose shares trade on the New York Stock Exchange or the NASDAQ. It is seen as a general indicator of both the American economy and the stock market itself.

Multiple analysts pointed to Gartner’s acquisition of a company named CEB Inc. as the primary reason for Gartner’s ascension on to the S&P 500.

“Post-merger, Gartner will be more representative of the large-cap market space. Dun & Bradstreet has a market capitalization more representative of the mid-cap market space,” said S&P in a statement.

Gartner is a technology research and analysis firm. They gather information, compile and interpret it, and then make money by packaging it all up and selling it to large companies in a subscription-type model.

They’re also known for making interesting and bold predictions about the future.

The Stamford, CT-based company will join the S&P 500 on the morning of April 5.

Gartner currently has three facilities in Gateway, with a fourth on the way. We’ve also heard they’re contemplating constructing another office building on the airport property.

They trade on the NYSE under the ticker IT.

Editor of the Gateway Sun and owner of restaurant delivery service Florida Food Runner.

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