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Barclays Launches Point® Quantitative Equity Scores across Global Equity Research

<p class='bwalignc'> A consistent methodology applied to more than 2,500 stocks across fundamental equity research </p>

Monday, November 26, 2012

Barclays Launches Point® Quantitative Equity Scores across Global Equity Research10:47 EST Monday, November 26, 2012 NEW YORK (Business Wire) -- Barclays today announced the launch of POINT® Quantitative Equity Scores (“POINT Scores”) across the firm's global fundamental Equity Research product offering. POINT Scores offer clients additional metrics to inform their investment decisions, beyond the traditional fundamental analysts' ratings and price targets. They will be available for each company under coverage. The model was developed using POINT, Barclays portfolio analytics platform that offers advanced multi-asset portfolio construction, and risk and performance analysis. POINT Scores, which are based on a consistent model across all regions and sectors, will be updated on a monthly basis and will be available for clients in individual company research reports and in a monthly consolidated format. “In this challenging market environment, investors are looking for new and improved ways to value companies,” said Stu Linde, Head of Equity Research. “We are now able to provide our clients not only with the fundamental views of our analysts, but also with a unique quantitative framework for evaluating stocks. This additional perspective will improve our clients' ability to navigate the market.” The model that is used to develop POINT Scores is independent of the firm's fundamental research analysts' ratings and forecasts. POINT Scores are assigned based on three common investment themes: Value – indicates an attractive or unattractive valuation Quality – characterizes financial statement strength or weakness Sentiment – suggests bullish or bearish market sentiment Each theme is derived from a composite of well-accepted variables. The POINT Scores model assigns a score of 1 to 5 for each theme, where 1 is the lowest or least attractive and 5 is the highest or most attractive. Barclays Equity Research teams cover more than 2,500 companies globally. The award winning POINT platform is consistently recognized as the leading portfolio analytics tool, with clients using the platform to manage thousands of multi-asset class portfolios daily. Barclays moves, lends, invests and protects money for customers and clients worldwide. With over 300 years of history and expertise in banking, we operate in over 50 countries and employ over 140,000 people. We provide large corporate, government and institutional clients with a full spectrum of solutions to their strategic advisory, financing and risk management needs. Our clients also benefit from access to the breadth of expertise across Barclays. We're one of the largest financial services providers in the world, and are also engaged in retail banking, credit cards, corporate banking, and wealth and investment management. Barclays offers premier investment banking products and services to its clients through Barclays Bank PLC. For more information, visit www.barclays.com. BarclaysErica Chase, +1-212-412-6830erica.chase@barclays.com