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Morgan Keegan Equity Research Analysts Top Rankings Again

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Morgan Keegan Equity Research Analysts Top Rankings Again11:53 EDT Wednesday, May 25, 2011 MEMPHIS, Tenn. (Business Wire) -- Seven Morgan Keegan & Company equity research analysts were named among the best in the nation in two annual surveys by Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal. Six Morgan Keegan analysts were among the top-ranked stock pickers and earnings estimators in their respective industry sectors in the Financial Times/StarMine 2010 Global Analyst Awards published May 25, 2011. Also, restaurant analyst Destin Tompkins, CFA, was named a “Best on the Street” analyst in the Wall Street Journal's Annual Survey published May 10, 2011. “We are proud to once again have members of our talented equity research team receive national recognition,” said Elkan Scheidt, director of Equity Research at Morgan Keegan. “Their dedication and expertise exemplifies the determination of all of our analysts to provide the best possible research product for our clients.” Morgan Keegan equity research analysts have appeared in the annual StarMine rankings for nine consecutive years. Furthermore, it is the fifth consecutive year that at least five Morgan Keegan analysts were honored. Selected from a group of over 3,600 analysts from 193 firms, the Morgan Keegan analysts ranked in the Financial Times/StarMine survey for their performance in 2010 are: John Lawrence – #1 Stock Picker in the Special Retail industry category Lawrence Keusch – #1 Earnings Estimator in the Health Care Equipment & Supplies industry category Brent Rakers, CFA – #1 Earnings Estimator in the Trading Companies & Distributors industry category J. Keith Johnson – #2 Stock Picker and #3 Earnings Estimator in the Building Products industry category #2 Stock Picker and #2 Earnings Estimator in the Construction Materials industry category Jamie Stockton, CFA – #2 Stock Picker in the Health Care Technology industry category Chaz Jones – #2 Earnings Estimator in the Road & Rail industry category   The Financial Times, one of the world's leading business information brands, partnered with StarMine, the leading provider of objective ratings of securities analysts, to measure analysts' performance for the 2010 calendar year. The rankings are based on the return of their buy/sell stock recommendations and the accuracy of their earnings forecasts. The full list of rankings and the survey methodology are available at Tompkins ranked fourth in the restaurants category in the Wall Street Journal survey. Morgan Keegan's analysts have been ranked among the industry's best in 17 of the 19 years that TheWall Street Journal has published the survey. This marks the second consecutive year that Tompkins was named “Best on the Street.” The Best on the Street survey identifies the top five analysts in each of 44 sectors, based on the analysts' stock-picking skill. The data were assembled by FactSet, a Norwalk, Conn., company that tracks analysts' recommendations and earnings estimates. This year's Best on the Street analysts were selected from a universe of more than 2,000 analysts from nearly 200 firms. About Morgan Keegan & Company Inc. Morgan Keegan & Company Inc., one of the nation's largest regional full-service brokerage and investment banking firms, is the securities brokerage arm of Regions Financial Corporation (NYSE: RF). Headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., Morgan Keegan serves individual and institutional investors in over 300 offices in 20 states. Additional information about Morgan Keegan and Regions — a member of the S&P 500 Index — can be found at and Morgan Keegan & Co.Eric Bran, 901-524-4114Media