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RBC Capital Markets' Canadian Equity Research Group Tops Brendan Wood International's 2012 Rankings For Third Consecutive Year

Fourteen RBC analysts receive "TopGun" designation

TORONTO, November 6, 2012 - RBC Capital Markets, for the third consecutive year, has ranked as the industry's top Equity Research group with an industry-leading share of 14 "TopGun" analysts, according to the 33rd annual Brendan Wood International (BWI) Review of Institutional Equity Research, Sales and Trading Performance in Canada.

A "TopGun" analyst is one who finishes in the top three in their individual sector. Four first-place, eight second-place and two third-place rankings were awarded to RBC analysts.

To compile the rankings, 457 sell-side analysts were evaluated by Canadian and international portfolio managers and buy-side analysts against the various criteria for a total of 3,594 analyst evaluations across 28 sectors.

"We are exceptionally pleased with the continued recognition for excellence from our clients, industry peers and the BWI panel," said Richard Talbot, RBC Capital Markets' Co-Head of Global Research. "Our Global Research platform is a considerable value add to RBC's client base in Canada and internationally, and we are committed to investing in our research platform in order to continue delivering the highest calibre of investment insights across asset classes, sectors and disciplines.

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

  • Top Overall Research
  • Perceived Quality of Research Coverage
  • Penetration of Analysts
  • Quality of Investment Ideas
  • Knowledge of Sector
  • Level of Personal Service

About RBC Capital Markets
RBC Capital Markets is the corporate and investment banking arm of the Royal Bank of Canada, the fourth largest bank in North America by market capitalization. RBC Capital Markets is a premier investment bank that provides a focused set of products, services and expertise to corporations, institutional investors and governments around the world. With over 6,500 professionals in 15 countries, we deliver our products and services to clients in over 100 countries through operations across North America, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific region. For more information, please visit www.rbccm.com.

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For more information, please contact:

Gillian McArdle, RBC Capital Markets
gillian.mcardle@rbccm.com or 416-842-4231