Today's announcement of the 16th Annual Globe 100, The Best of Massachusetts Business, not only listed the strongest publicly traded companies in the Massachusetts, it also revealed some insight from Globe 100 CEOs regarding the economy and hiring plans.

Overall, the group surveyed has a decidedly optimistic outlook, with 82% of the CEOs saying the economy is much brighter than a year ago. Two-thirds of those surveyed said economic improvements will lead to increased hiring over the next year, according to Kimberly Blanton, Globe staff writer, in "Economy's on rise, hiring soon will be too, CEOs say."

Eighty-two percent of the 74 CEOs who responded expect the the economy to be in "better shape" next year. Ninety-five percent expect their companies' revenues and profits to rise and 60.8% forsee the Dow Jones industrial average hitting 11,000 over the next year.

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