updated 11/3/2010 12:16:51 PM ET 2010-11-03T16:16:51

WESTPORT, Conn., Nov. 3, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Over the course of this year, Rivel Research Group has been assembling a cadre of investor relations professionals who excel in various aspects of their profession for a new program called Rivel 5.0. This new offering shines a bright spotlight on excellence in investor relations and is now available to clients and Rivel Intelligence Council members on its website www.rivel.com .

Rivel 5.0 encompasses companies and IR professionals who exhibit best-in-class investor relations practices, and perform above and beyond their peers on a variety of IR-specific and company facets. Membership in the group is devoted exclusively to companies that receive a 5.0 or higher (on a 6-point scale) for 17 different categories in Rivel Research Group perception studies.

During the 5.0 launch, Rivel interviewed more than 50 of these senior IR executives in which first-person insight was offered into how the most successful IR programs deliver top-notch investor communications. These interviews are invaluable for any IR professional interested in enhancing their own program.

In conjunction with this launch, Rivel has created a database offering more than 150 unique entries on various aspects of best practices in investor relations, from subjects as disclosure, management access to ways to enhance and showcase management credibility and strategy effectiveness, among many others. This database is available to Rivel clients and Intelligence Council members at www.rivel.com .

In addition, the company announced today the inclusion of the Rivel 5.0 Awards presentation at its upcoming Intelligence Council Conference Monday, December 6th at the Hilton Times Square in New York City. Rivel President Brian P. Rivel will be presenting these inaugural awards to the winning IROs in person at the conference, and this offers conference attendees the chance to gain further insight into how these IR professionals are conducting best-in-class investor relations.

For further information about joining the Intelligence Council and the Intelligence Council Conference and event registration, please contact Barbara Sullivan, Director of Marketing, at (203) 635-4383 or bsullivan@rivel.com.

For more information about Rivel 5.0, please contact Chris Wachtelhausen, Director of Corporate Communications, at (203) 635-4387 or cwachtelhausen@rivel.com.

About Rivel Research Group

Rivel Research Group specializes in delivering actionable insight based on in-depth measurements of the global investment community. Gathering, analyzing and interpreting investment community feedback is our only business. Rivel's highly experienced staff provides the well-informed, unbiased and strategically relevant intelligence companies need to effectively communicate with such important constituencies as sell-side analysts, buy-side analysts, portfolio managers, the financial media and other influential audiences. The comprehensive information that Rivel supplies enables companies to evaluate performance, formulate strategy and identify opportunities to achieve corporate objectives directed toward these groups. Additional information concerning Rivel is available on its website at www.rivel.com

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About the Intelligence Council

Rivel's Intelligence Council is the only program of its kind to offer peer insight combined with buy-side/sell-side analysis at an affordable price point. The program offers a unique blend of investor relations best practices. The council offers its members a platform from which their topical questions can be addressed within a secure and, if required, anonymous format while simultaneously providing guidance on critical longer-term objectives.

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