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First Call Integrates Research Direct and Estimates Direct

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First Call Integrates Research Direct and Estimates Direct

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First Call Corp., a division of Thomson Financial Services, has announced that it has integrated FIRST CALL Research Direct and Estimates Direct. With this integrated research tool, users are able to conduct a company or portfolio search across both products, thus accessing broker research reports, detailed earnings information, and fundamental data on that company or portfolio.

According to the company, the integration of Research Direct and Estimates Direct creates the most comprehensive research tool available in the market. Research Direct offers electronic, real-time access to more than 600,000 commingled research reports, as provided by over 200 brokerage firms worldwide. Estimates Direct provides electronic access to global earnings estimates and fundamental data on over 15,000 companies from more than 45 countries. More than 600 analysts contribute to Estimates Direct.

"We are pleased to offer this comprehensive research tool to our customers," said Scott Tilley, senior vice president and general manager of First Call's Quantitative Services division. "The integration of these two successful products allows our customers to access global estimates data, fundamentals, and research reports together in a highly functional environment that best meets their needs."

To use the integrated product, customers must access Research Direct through a desktop PC via a Windows-based LAN or via a dedicated terminal. Estimates Direct may be accessed from a CD-ROM or it may be installed on the company's LAN. …

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