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RBC Capital Markets' Canadian Equity Research Group Tops Brendan Wood International's 2011 Rankings

Eighteen RBC analysts receive "TopGun" designation

TORONTO, October 19, 2011 — RBC Capital Markets, for the second year in a row, ranked as the industry's top Equity Research group with an industry-leading share of 18 "TopGun" analysts, according to the 2011 Brendan Wood International (BWI) Review of Institutional Equity Research, Sales and Trading Performance in Canada.

To compile the rankings, 452 sell-side analysts were evaluated by Canadian and international portfolio managers and buy-side analysts against the various criteria for a total of 3,816 sector evaluations and 11,612 company-specific evaluations.

"The recognition of our global peers and clients on the BWI panel validates the high calibre of market insights that the RBC team offers across asset classes, industry sectors, and operating disciplines," said Richard Talbot, RBC Capital Markets' Co-Head of Global Research. "Our Global Research platform is a tremendous value proposition across RBC's businesses and geographies, and we are proud of the reputation that we have built as a trusted source for our clients' investment strategies."

The annual BWI study, now in its 32nd year, rated 18 RBC Capital Markets analysts as "TopGuns", the most of all the broker dealers, marking the third year in a row that RBC has received this level of recognition. A "TopGun" analyst is one who finishes in the top three in their individual sector. Six first-place, nine second-place and three third-place rankings were awarded to RBC analysts.

The BWI study also recognized RBC Capital Markets' analysts as having the best overall ranking across all the remaining categories:

  • Perceived Quality of Research
  • Penetration of Analysts
  • Quality of Investment Ideas
  • Knowledge of Sector
  • Quality of Analysis

RBC Capital Markets' award-winning Global Research team has more than 100 publishing analysts, offering proprietary research on over 1,300 equities and corporate credits; as well as currencies, rates, emerging markets and commodities businesses around the globe. RBC Capital Markets' Research has also recently received international recognition from the Wall Street Journal, StarMine, Greenwich Associates, the annual Technical Analyst Awards, and Bloomberg.

About RBC Capital Markets
RBC Capital Markets is the corporate and investment banking arm of RBC and is consistently ranked among the top global investment banks. With over 6,300 employees, RBC Capital Markets is active globally in investment banking, research, fixed income, foreign exchange, infrastructure finance, ECM, metals & mining and oil & gas. Working with clients through operations in Asia, Australia, the UK, Europe, and in every major North American city, RBC provides capital markets products and services from 75 offices in 15 countries. RBC Capital Markets has major hubs in New York, Toronto, London, Sydney, Hong Kong, and Tokyo. For more information, please visit www.rbccm.com (opens new window).

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