Companies news of 2009-12-01 (page 1)

  • J.D. Power and Associates Reports: Popularity of Real-Time Traffic and Voice Recognition...
  • Salesforce.com Chief Financial Officer to Present at Credit Suisse Annual Technology...
  • Kaman Board of Directors Declares Dividend
  • Copano Energy to Present at the 8th Annual Wells Fargo Securities Pipeline & MLP Symposium
  • ONEOK Partners to Participate in Wells Fargo Pipeline and MLP SymposiumONEOK, Inc. to...
  • Knoll Declares Cash Dividend
  • MGM MIRAGE Management to Present at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2009 Credit...
  • Men's Wearhouse Announces Third Quarter 2009 Earnings Release and Conference Call Schedule
  • SWS Group, Inc. Commences Public Offering of Common Stock
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    J.D. Power and Associates Reports: Popularity of Real-Time Traffic and Voice Recognition Features in Navigation Systems IncreasesThe Clarion Navigation System Supplied to the Lincoln MKS Ranks Highest among Factory-Installed Navigation Systems

    WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif., Dec. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Real-time traffic and voice recognition are becoming increasingly popular features among factory-installed navigation system owners, compared with 2008, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2009 Navigation Usage and Satisfaction Study(SM) released today.

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    The study finds that 26 percent of owners report having a factory-installed navigation system equipped with real-time traffic capabilities -- twice the proportion of owners in 2008 who said the same. Among owners whose systems do not currently have the real-time traffic feature, nearly 80 percent report interest in having the option in the future. Real-time traffic capability has a considerable impact on overall navigation system satisfaction, as satisfaction averages 8.1 (on a 10-point scale) among owners with the feature, compared with 7.3 among those without.

    Approximately 60 percent of owners report having voice recognition on their factory-installed navigation system. Among those owners who do not currently have the feature, two-thirds of respondents express an interest in having it in the future. Overall navigation system satisfaction is positively impacted by the presence of voice recognition. Among owners who report having the feature, satisfaction averages 7.7 compared with an average of 7.2 among owners of systems without voice recognition technology.

    "Among the 10 navigation systems with the highest levels of customer satisfaction, all of them have real-time traffic capabilities, and a majority are equipped with voice recognition -- underlining the positive effect these advanced features have on overall navigation system satisfaction," said Mike Marshall, director of automotive emerging technologies at J.D. Power and Associates. "With 39 percent of consumers in the study reporting that they would have purchased another vehicle if navigation wasn't available (up from 31 percent in 2006) there is a growing segment of automotive consumers who are driven by technology. Integrating and delivering advanced user-facing technology in vehicles will continue to gain importance among manufacturers fighting for market share."

    Now in its 11th year, the study identifies six factors that contribute to overall customer satisfaction. In order of importance, they are: ease of use; system routing; system appearance; voice directions; navigation display screen; and speed of system. The study also measures quality by examining problems per 100 (PP100) navigation systems, in which a lower score reflects higher quality.

    The Clarion navigation system supplied to the Lincoln MKS ranks highest in consumer satisfaction with factory-installed navigation systems and performs particularly well with the ease of use factor. The Clarion navigation system supplied to the Ford Flex follows in the rankings, while the Pioneer navigation system in the Acura TL ranks third.

    The study also finds the following navigation system trends: -- More than one-half of respondents report using their system on a regular basis (at least one to two times per week). -- Among consumers who have previously owned a vehicle equipped with a factory-installed navigation system, approximately 80 percent say that their current system is performing at the same level or better than their previous system. -- Approximately one-fourth of consumers say they believe that an annual update for mapping software is necessary and would be willing to pay an average price of $57 for updates.

    The 2009 Navigation Usage and Satisfaction Study is based on responses from 16,939 owners who recently purchased or leased new 2009 model-year vehicles with factory-installed navigation systems. The study was fielded in October 2009.

    Navigation System Ranking by Vehicle Model (Based on a 1,000-point scale)

    JDPower.com Power Circle

    Index Ratings For Supplier Model Score Consumers -------- ----- ----- ----------- Clarion Lincoln MKS 839 5 Clarion Ford Flex 835 5 Pioneer Acura TL 833 5 Clarion Ford F-150 828 5 Harman/Becker Porsche 911 823 5 Alpine Cadillac CTS 816 5

    Clarion Ford Escape 811 4 Clarion Ford Edge 808 4 Harman/Becker Hyundai Genesis 804 4 Clarion Infiniti FX-Series 801 4 Harman/Becker Audi Q5 800 4 Clarion Infiniti M-Series 800 4 Harman/Becker Dodge Challenger 798 4 Pioneer Ford Fusion 796 4 Clarion Infiniti G37 Sedan 795 4 Clarion Lincoln MKX 793 4 Continental Volkswagen CC 792 4 Mitsubishi

    Electric Mercedes-Benz C-Class 791 4 Clarion Ford Escape Hybrid 790 4

    Alpine Acura TSX 784 3 Alpine Honda Pilot 784 3 Clarion Lincoln MKZ 784 3 Clarion Nissan Murano 784 3 Delphi Cadillac Escalade/Escalade ESV 782 3 Denso Chevrolet Avalanche 782 3 Alpine Honda Accord 780 3 Alpine Acura RDX 778 3 Harman/Becker Chrysler 300 778 3 Clarion Nissan Maxima 778 3 Alpine Honda CR-V 776 3 Denso Lexus IS Series 776 3 Denso Toyota Venza 774 3 Denso Cadillac DTS 774 3 Delphi Buick Enclave 772 3 Denso Chevrolet Tahoe 772 3 Delphi Chevrolet Traverse 771 3 Hyundai Mobis Hyundai Sonata 771 3 Denso Lexus ES Series 769 3 Clarion Infiniti G37 Coupe 768 3 Harman/Becker Jeep Grand Cherokee 768 3 Continental Volkswagen Jetta/Jetta SportWagen 768 3 Harman/Becker Dodge Journey 766 3 Alpine Honda Civic Hybrid 765 3 Alpine Honda Civic 762 3 Alpine Honda Odyssey 762 3 Harman/Becker Audi S5 760 3 Denso Chevrolet Suburban 760 3 Denso GMC Yukon/Yukon Denali 760 3

    Industry Average 760 3 Harman/Becker Chrysler Town & Country 759 3 Harman/Becker Dodge Ram LD 756 3 Alpine Acura MDX 754 3 Harman/Becker Jeep Wrangler/Wrangler Unlimited 751 3 Alpine Honda Fit 747 3 Alpine Mercedes-Benz M-Class 747 3 Clarion Nissan Altima 744 3 Denso Mazda 6 741 3 Harman/Becker Audi A5 740 3 Delphi GMC Acadia 738 3 Harman/Becker Audi Q7 732 3 Alpine Mercedes-Benz E-Class 730 3 Denso Lexus RX Series 720 3 Denso Mazda CX-9 720 3 Denso GMC Sierra LD 719 3 Denso Chevrolet Silverado LD 717 3 Denso Chevrolet Corvette 715 3 Denso Toyota Camry 714 3 Denso Toyota Highlander 712 3 Denso Toyota RAV4 710 3

    Harman/Becker Audi A4 706 2 Denso Toyota Camry Hybrid 702 2 Denso Toyota Sienna 690 2 Denso Jaguar XF 688 2 Aisin AW Toyota Prius 676 2 Denso Toyota Highlander Hybrid 671 2 Kenwood Subaru Forester 647 2 Denso Toyota Avalon 586 2

    Included in the study but not ranked due to small sample size are: Acura RL (Alpine), Audi A6 (Harman/Becker), Audi TT (Aisin AW), Buick Lucerne (Delphi), Cadillac SRX (Denso), Cadillac STS (Denso), Chevrolet Silverado HD (Denso), Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid (Denso), Chrysler Aspen (Harman/Becker), Chrysler Sebring (Harman/Becker), Dodge Charger (Harman/Becker), Dodge Grand Caravan (Harman/Becker), Dodge Ram HD (Harman/Becker), Ford Expedition (Clarion), Ford F-Series Super Duty (Clarion), Ford Mustang (Pioneer), GMC Yukon XL/Yukon XL Denali (Denso), Honda Ridgeline (Alpine), Infiniti QX56 (Clarion), Jeep Commander (Harman/Becker), Jeep Liberty (Harman/Becker), Land Rover Range Rover Sport (Denso), Lexus GS Series (Denso), Lexus GX Series (Denso), Lexus LS Series (Fujitsu Ten), Mazda CX-7 (Denso), Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class (Alpine), Mercedes-Benz GL-Class (Alpine), Mercedes-Benz S-Class (Harman/Becker), Mercedes-Benz SL-Class (Alpine), Mercury Mariner (Clarion), Mercury Mariner Hybrid (Clarion), Mitsubishi Lancer (Mitsubishi Electric), Nissan Altima Hybrid (Clarion), Nissan Armada (Clarion), Nissan Z (Clarion), Porsche Cayenne (Harman/Becker), Subaru Outback (Kenwood), Subaru Tribeca (Kenwood), Volkswagen Eos (Continental), Volkswagen Passat/Passat Wagon (Continental), Volkswagen Routan (Harman/Becker), and Volkswagen Tiguan (Continental).

    About J.D. Power and Associates

    Headquartered in Westlake Village, Calif., J.D. Power and Associates is a global marketing information services company operating in key business sectors including market research, forecasting, performance improvement, Web intelligence and customer satisfaction. The company's quality and satisfaction measurements are based on responses from millions of consumers annually. For more information on car reviews and ratings, car insurance, health insurance, cell phone ratings, and more, please visit JDPower.com. J.D. Power and Associates is a business unit of The McGraw-Hill Companies.

    About The McGraw-Hill Companies:

    Founded in 1888, The McGraw-Hill Companies is a leading global information services provider meeting worldwide needs in the financial services, education and business information markets through leading brands such as Standard & Poor's, McGraw-Hill Education, Platts, Capital IQ, J.D. Power and Associates, McGraw-Hill Construction and Aviation Week. The Corporation has more than 280 offices in 40 countries. Sales in 2008 were $6.4 billion. Additional information is available at http://www.mcgraw-hill.com/.

    J.D. Power and Associates Media Relations Contacts: John Tews; Troy, Mich.; (248) 312-4119; media.relations@jdpa.com

    Syvetril Perryman; Westlake Village, Calif.; (805) 418-8103; media.relations@jdpa.com

    No advertising or other promotional use can be made of the information in this release without the express prior written consent of J.D. Power and Associates. www.jdpower.com/corporate

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    CONTACT: John Tews, Troy, Mich., +1-248-312-4119,
    media.relations@jdpa.com, or Syvetril Perryman, Westlake Village, Calif.,
    +1-805-418-8103, media.relations@jdpa.com, both of J.D. Power and Associates

    Web Site: http://www.jdpower.com/




    Salesforce.com Chief Financial Officer to Present at Credit Suisse Annual Technology ConferenceEvent to be Webcast Live on salesforce.com's Investor Relations Website

    SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Salesforce.com , the enterprise cloud computing company today announced that Graham Smith, Chief Financial Officer at salesforce.com, will present at the Credit Suisse Annual Technology Conference on Wednesday, December 2, 2009 at 2:00 pm (MT) / 4:00pm (ET) in Scottsdale, AZ.

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    An audio webcast of Mr. Smith's presentation will be available on salesforce.com's website at http://www.salesforce.com/investor.

    About salesforce.com

    Salesforce.com is the enterprise cloud computing company. The company's portfolio of Salesforce CRM applications, available at http://www.salesforce.com/products/, has revolutionized the ways that companies collaborate and communicate with their customers across sales, marketing and service. The company's Force.com platform (http://www.salesforce.com/platform/) helps customers, partners and developers to quickly build powerful business applications to run every part of the enterprise in the cloud. Based on salesforce.com's real-time, multitenant architecture, Salesforce CRM and Force.com offer the fastest path to customer success with cloud computing.

    As of October 31, 2009, salesforce.com manages customer information for approximately 67,900 customers including Allianz Commercial, Dell, Dow Jones Newswires, Japan Post, Kaiser Permanente, KONE, and SunTrust Banks. Any unreleased services or features referenced in this or other press releases or public statements are not currently available and may not be delivered on time or at all. Customers who purchase salesforce.com applications should make their purchase decisions based upon features that are currently available. Salesforce.com has headquarters in San Francisco, with offices in Europe and Asia, and trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol "CRM". For more information please visit http://www.salesforce.com/, or call 1-800-NO-SOFTWARE.

    Copyright (c) 2009 salesforce.com, inc. All rights reserved. Salesforce and the "no software" logo are registered trademarks of salesforce.com, inc., and salesforce.com owns other registered and unregistered trademarks. Other names used herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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    CONTACT: David Havlek, Investor Relations, +1-415-536-2171,
    dhavlek@salesforce.com, or Gordon Evans, Public Relations, +1-415-536-7608,
    gevans@salesforce.com, both of salesforce.com

    Web Site: http://www.salesforce.com/




    Kaman Board of Directors Declares Dividend

    BLOOMFIELD, Conn., Dec. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Kaman Corporation board of directors today declared a regular quarterly dividend of 14 cents per common share. The dividend will be paid on January 4, 2010 to shareholders of record on December 21, 2009.

    Kaman Corporation, founded in 1945 by aviation pioneer Charles H. Kaman, and headquartered in Bloomfield, Connecticut conducts business in the aerospace and industrial distribution markets. The company produces and/or markets widely used proprietary aircraft bearings and components; complex metallic and composite aerostructures for commercial, military and general aviation fixed and rotary wing aircraft; safing and arming solutions for missile and bomb systems for the U.S. and allied militaries; subcontract helicopter work; and support for the company's SH-2G Super Seasprite maritime helicopters and K-MAX medium-to-heavy lift helicopters. The company is also a leading distributor of industrial parts, and operates nearly 200 customer service centers and five distribution centers across North America. Kaman offers more than two million items including bearings, power transmission, electrical, material handling, motion control, fluid power and MRO supplies to customers in a variety of industries. Additionally, Kaman provides value-added services such as engineering and design support for electrical, linear, hydraulic and pneumatic systems as well as belt and rubber fabrication, reducer build, hose assemblies, custom modifications, repair services, fluid analysis and motor management.

    Kaman Corporation

    CONTACT: Eric Remington, VP, Investor Relations, +1-860-243-6334,
    eric.remington@kaman.com

    Web Site: http://www.kaman.com/




    Copano Energy to Present at the 8th Annual Wells Fargo Securities Pipeline & MLP Symposium

    HOUSTON, Dec. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Copano Energy, L.L.C. announced today that R. Bruce Northcutt, its President and Chief Executive Officer, will speak at the 8th Annual Wells Fargo Securities Pipeline & MLP Symposium, to be held December 8-9, 2009 in New York City.

    Copano Energy's presentation will be webcast live on Tuesday, December 8 at 11:45 a.m. Eastern Time (10:45 a.m. Central Time). To listen to a live audio webcast and view Copano Energy's presentation materials, visit the Company's website at http://www.copanoenergy.com/ under "Investor Relations - Event Calendar." A replay will be archived on the website shortly after the presentation concludes.

    Houston-based Copano Energy, L.L.C. is a midstream natural gas company with operations in Oklahoma, Texas, Wyoming and Louisiana. Its assets include approximately 6,200 miles of active natural gas gathering and transmission pipelines, 200 miles of NGL pipelines and seven natural gas processing plants, with over one Bcf per day of combined processing capacity. For more information please visit http://www.copanoenergy.com/.

    Contacts: Carl Luna, SVP & CFO

    Copano Energy, L.L.C. 713-621-9547 Jack Lascar / jlascar@drg-e.com Anne Pearson/ apearson@drg-e.com DRG&E / 713-529-6600

    Copano Energy, L.L.C.

    CONTACT: Carl Luna, SVP & CFO of Copano Energy, L.L.C., +1-713-621-9547;
    or Jack Lascar, jlascar@drg-e.com, or Anne Pearson, apearson@drg-e.com, both
    of DRG&E, +1-713-529-6600, for Copano Energy, L.L.C.

    Web Site: http://www.copanoenergy.com/




    ONEOK Partners to Participate in Wells Fargo Pipeline and MLP SymposiumONEOK, Inc. to participate in Wells Fargo Energy Conference

    TULSA, Okla., Dec. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ONEOK Partners, L.P. will participate in the 8th annual Wells Fargo Pipeline and MLP Symposium in New York City on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2009.

    John W. Gibson, ONEOK Partners chairman and chief executive officer, will present at 11:45 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (10:45 a.m. Central Standard Time).

    The conference will be webcast and will be accessible on ONEOK Partners' Web site, http://www.oneokpartners.com/. A replay of the webcast will be archived for 30 days. The company will also post the presentation on its Web site that morning, beginning at 8 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (7 a.m. Central Standard Time).

    In addition, ONEOK, Inc. will participate in the inaugural Wells Fargo Energy Conference on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009, also in New York City, conducting a series of one-on-one meetings with members of the investment community.

    ONEOK Partners, L.P. is one of the largest publicly traded master limited partnerships, and is a leader in the gathering, processing, storage and transportation of natural gas in the U.S. and owns one of the nation's premier natural gas liquids (NGL) systems, connecting NGL supply in the Mid-Continent and Rocky Mountain regions with key market centers. Its general partner is a wholly owned subsidiary of ONEOK, Inc. , a diversified energy company, which owns 45.1 percent of the overall partnership interest. ONEOK is one of the largest natural gas distributors in the United States, and its energy services operation focuses primarily on marketing natural gas and related services throughout the U.S.

    ONEOK, Inc. is a diversified energy company. We are the general partner and own 45.1 percent of ONEOK Partners, L.P. , one of the largest publicly traded master limited partnerships, which is a leader in the gathering, processing, storage and transportation of natural gas in the U.S. and owns one of the nation's premier natural gas liquids (NGL) systems, connecting NGL supply in the Mid-Continent and Rocky Mountain regions with key market centers. ONEOK is among the largest natural gas distributors in the United States, serving more than 2 million customers in Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas. Our energy services operation focuses primarily on marketing natural gas and related services throughout the U.S. ONEOK is a Fortune 500 company.

    For more information, visit the Web sites at http://www.oneokpartners.com/ or http://www.oneok.com/.

    OKE-FV OKS-FV

    Analyst Contact: Andrew Ziola

    918-588-7163 Media Contact: Brad Borror

    918-588-7582

    ONEOK Partners, L.P.

    CONTACT: Analysts, Andrew Ziola, +1-918-588-7163, Media, Brad Borror,
    +1-918-588-7582, both of ONEOK Partners, L.P.

    Web Site: http://www.oneokpartners.com/
    http://www.oneok.com/




    Knoll Declares Cash Dividend

    EAST GREENVILLE, Pa., Dec. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Knoll, Inc. today announced that the Company's Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.02 per share payable December 31, 2009 to all shareholders of record on December 15, 2009.

    About Knoll

    Since 1938, Knoll has been recognized internationally for creating workplace and residential furnishings that inspire, evolve and endure. Today, our commitment to modern design, our understanding of the workplace and our dedication to sustainable design has yielded a unique portfolio of products that respond and adapt to changing needs. Knoll is aligned with the U.S. Green Building Council, the Forest Stewardship Council and can help companies, healthcare organizations and educational institutions achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) workplace certification. Knoll is the contract furniture industry's first member of the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX®) and is the founding sponsor of the World Monuments Fund Modernism at Risk program.

    http://www.knoll.com/ I sithowyouwant.com

    Knoll, Inc.

    CONTACT: Investors: Barry L. McCabe, Executive Vice President and Chief
    Financial Officer, +1-215-679-1301, bmccabe@knoll.com, or Media, David E.
    Bright, +1-212-343-4135, dbright@knoll.com, both of Knoll, Inc.

    Web Site: http://www.knoll.com/




    MGM MIRAGE Management to Present at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2009 Credit Conference

    LAS VEGAS, Dec. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- MGM MIRAGE management will make a Company presentation on Wednesday at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2009 Credit Conference in New York. A complete copy of the presentation will be available by visiting our web site at http://www.mgmmirage.com/.

    MGM MIRAGE , one of the world's leading and most respected companies with significant holdings in gaming, hospitality and entertainment, owns and operates 16 properties located in Nevada, Mississippi and Michigan, and has 50% investments in four other properties in Nevada, New Jersey, Illinois and Macau. CityCenter, an unprecedented urban metropolis on the Las Vegas Strip scheduled to open in late 2009, is a joint venture between MGM MIRAGE and Infinity World Development Corp, a subsidiary of Dubai World. MGM MIRAGE Hospitality has entered into management agreements for future casino and non-casino resorts throughout the world. MGM MIRAGE supports responsible gaming and has implemented the American Gaming Association's Code of Conduct for Responsible Gaming at its properties. MGM MIRAGE has received numerous awards and recognitions for its industry-leading Diversity Initiative and its community philanthropy programs. For more information about MGM MIRAGE, please visit the Company's Web site at http://www.mgmmirage.com/.

    Statements in this release which are not historical facts are "forward looking" statements and "safe harbor statements" under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that involve risks and/or uncertainties, including risks and/or uncertainties as described in the company's public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

    MGM MIRAGE

    CONTACT: Investment Community, DAN D'ARRIGO, Executive Vice President &
    Chief Financial Officer, +1-702-693-8895, or News Media, ALAN M. FELDMAN,
    Senior Vice President Public Affairs, +1-702-650-6947, both of MGM MIRAGE

    Web Site: http://www.mgmmirage.com/




    Men's Wearhouse Announces Third Quarter 2009 Earnings Release and Conference Call Schedule

    HOUSTON, Dec. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Men's Wearhouse today announced the schedule for its third quarter 2009 quarterly earnings release and conference call schedule.

    The company will release its fiscal third quarter 2009 results on Tuesday, December 8, 2009 at approximately 4:00 p.m. Eastern time.

    At 5:00 p.m. Eastern time on Tuesday, December 8, 2009, company management will host a conference call and real time webcast to review the third quarter and comment on its outlook for the remainder of fiscal 2009.

    To access the conference call, dial 480-629-9724. To access the live webcast presentation, visit the Investor Relations section of the company's website at http://www.menswearhouse.com/. A telephonic replay will be available through December 15, 2009 by calling 303-590-3030 and entering the access code of 4187917#, or a webcast archive will be available free on the website for approximately 90 days.

    Founded in 1973, Men's Wearhouse is one of North America's largest specialty retailers of men's apparel with 1,274 stores. The Men's Wearhouse, Moores and K&G stores carry a full selection of designer, brand name and private label suits, sport coats, furnishings and accessories and Men's Wearhouse and Tux stores carry a limited selection. Tuxedo rentals are available in the Men's Wearhouse, Moores and Men's Wearhouse and Tux stores.

    For additional information, please visit the company's website at http://www.menswearhouse.com/.

    CONTACT: Neill Davis, Men's Wearhouse (281) 776-7000

    Ken Dennard, DRG&E (713) 529-6600

    Men's Wearhouse

    CONTACT: Neill Davis of Men's Wearhouse, +1-281-776-7000; or Ken
    Dennard of DRG&E, +1-713-529-6600, for Men's Wearhouse

    Web Site: http://www.menswearhouse.com/




    SWS Group, Inc. Commences Public Offering of Common Stock

    DALLAS, Dec. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- SWS Group, Inc. (the "Company") announced today that it has commenced an underwritten public offering of 4,100,000 shares of its common stock. The underwriters will be granted a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 615,000 shares of common stock from the Company to cover over-allotments, if any. The Company intends to use the net proceeds for general corporate purposes and to support continued growth or selective opportunistic acquisitions. The offering is being made pursuant to an effective shelf registration statement previously filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

    BofA Merrill Lynch will act as sole book-running manager for the offering. BMO Capital Markets and Southwest Securities, Inc. will act as co-managers.

    This offering is being made only by prospectus and prospectus supplement related to this offering. Copies of the prospectus, preliminary prospectus supplement and, when available, the prospectus supplement may be obtained from BofA Merrill Lynch, 4 World Financial Center, New York, NY 10080, Attn: Preliminary Prospectus Department or email Prospectus.Requests@ml.com; or Southwest Securities, Inc., 1201 Elm Street, Suite 3500, Dallas, Texas 75270.

    This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state in which such offer, solicitation, or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.

    Company Information

    SWS Group, Inc. is a Dallas-based company offering a broad range of investment and financial services through its subsidiaries. The company's common stock is listed and traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol SWS. SWS Group, Inc. subsidiaries include Southwest Securities, Inc., a national clearing firm, registered investment adviser and registered broker-dealer; SWS Financial Services, Inc., a registered investment adviser and a registered broker-dealer serving independent securities brokers and their clients, and Southwest Securities, FSB, one of the largest banks headquartered in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area.

    SWS Group, Inc.

    CONTACT: Jim Bowman, Vice President - Corporate Communications of SWS
    Group, Inc., +1-214-859-9335, jbowman@swst.com

    Web Site: http://www.swsgroupinc.com/




    Ford Helping Virginia Tech, Wake Forest Develop 'Pregnant' Crash Test Computer Model for Virtual Testing

    DEARBORN, Mich., Dec. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --

    -- Ford Motor Company, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest are completing a three-year research project to gather data in support of future development of a computer-aided model of a pregnant woman for virtual crash test simulations -- The model being developed could help Ford safety researchers better understand how crash forces affect pregnant women -- The "pregnant" crash test model would add to Ford's use of computerized adult test models in safety research. Computer models show how skeletal structures, internal organs and even the brain are affected by crash forces -- Starting in 2010, Ford, Lincoln and Mercury models will include owner's guide information and instructions specifically to help pregnant women buckle up properly

    Ford Motor Company is working with Virginia Tech and Wake Forest University researchers in the development of a computer-aided model that could be used to measure how crash forces affect pregnant women.

    The effort builds on 15 years of Ford research that helped lead to one of the first adult whole body computerized crash models. These virtual crash models combine advanced computer simulations and medical research to virtually test how the human body - including the skeletal structure, internal organs and even the brain - are affected by crash forces.

    The nearly complete three-year Ford-funded research project is now expected to provide Ford's safety researchers with important data about pregnant women and their developing babies, such as abdominal shape and tissue properties. The data, collected by the Virginia Tech-Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering, will help in the continuing development of the realistic "pregnant" human body model for virtual crash test simulation.

    Dr. Stefan Duma, head of Virginia Tech-Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering, cites the project as a good example of collaboration: "This is another example of how industry and academia can work together to conduct important safety research."

    "Traditional crash dummies are very important, but the computerized human models allow us to see underneath the skin inside the body during a crash," said Dr. Stephen Rouhana, senior technical leader, Ford Passive Safety Research and Advanced Engineering. "Not all virtual models are the same. We chose to work with Virginia Tech and Wake Forest because we believe they better understand the biomechanics of pregnant women and could translate that into effective computer crash test models."

    The human body model advantage

    Computerized human body models, which simulate human beings in minute detail, are designed to help safety researchers better understand crash-related injuries. Ford's research in this area, which has been ongoing for more than 15 years, already has led to the creation of adult models of a seated and standing average-size male. Dr. Jesse Ruan, passive safety expert in Ford's Research and Engineering, says development of computerized models for other size vehicle occupants is under consideration.

    These virtual models simulate regions of the body such as the head, neck, rib cage, abdomen, thoracic and lumbar spine, pelvis, and the upper and lower extremities, as well as the internal organs of the chest and abdomen. The models contain detailed representations of the bones and soft tissues of the human body.

    "We developed new methods and techniques for this project in order to collect detailed internal pregnant geometry from MRI and CT scans, including accurate size and location of the uterus, placenta and fetus," said Dr. Joel Stitzel, program leader and director of the Virginia Tech-Wake Forest University Center for Injury Biomechanics.

    Development of virtual human body models also may lead to the development of more lifelike crash dummies.

    Pregnant women and seat belts

    Ford also is launching a new effort to continue emphasizing proper seat belt usage to help address the 170,000 car crashes a year in the United States involving pregnant women.

    Starting in 2010, owner's manuals for Ford, Lincoln and Mercury will include an explanation and graphic illustration for how pregnant women should wear seat belts - the No. 1 life-saving auto safety feature.

    Pregnant women should always ride and drive with the seatback upright and the seat belt properly fastened. The lap belt, or that portion of a combination lap-and-shoulder belt, should be positioned low across the hips and worn as tight as comfort will allow. The shoulder belt should be positioned to cross the middle of the shoulder and middle of the chest.

    Junell Nichols, who teaches trauma and advanced life-support courses to nurses and physicians in Longview, Texas, suggested Ford provide safety recommendations for pregnant women through http://www.fordnewideas.com/ - a Web site established to solicit suggestions from the public.

    For additional information, see the Safety Advice Card at Fordowner.com. About Ford Motor Company

    Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 200,000 employees and about 90 plants worldwide, the company's automotive brands include Ford, Lincoln, Mercury and Volvo. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford's products, please visit http://www.ford.com/.

    About Virginia Tech-Wake Forest School of Biomedical Engineering

    The Virginia Tech-Wake Forest University School for Biomedical Engineering and Sciences is a joint graduate research and education program that offers MS, PhD, MD/PhD, and DVM/PhD degrees. The 40 biomedical engineering faculty have active research programs in injury biomechanics as well as tissue engineering, imaging, medical physics, nano-medicine, and surgical simulation.

    Ford Motor Company

    CONTACT: Wes Sherwood, +1-313-390-5660, wsherwoo@ford.com

    Web Site: http://www.ford.com/

    Company News On-Call: http://www.prnewswire.com/comp/107607.html




    Emerald Mine Resumes Production

    ABINGDON, Va., Dec. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Emerald Coal Resources, LP, an affiliate of Alpha Natural Resources, Inc. , said that it had resumed production at the Emerald longwall mine near Waynesburg, Pa. The Emerald mine experienced a roof fall on Nov. 18. The roof fall disabled the mine's main conveyor line and shut down coal production. No employees were injured during the roof fall or the repair efforts. There were no interruptions to customer shipments as the mine made deliveries from available inventory.

    Kurt Kost, Alpha's president, said, "The outstanding efforts of employees allowed repairs to be made safely and in less time than we had originally anticipated. I am pleased to report that the longwall resumed normal operation over the weekend. The mine is a valuable resource, and we look forward to continuing to meet customer expectations for Pitt #8 high BTU coal."

    About Alpha Natural Resources

    Alpha Natural Resources is one of America's premier coal suppliers with affiliate coal production capacity of more than 90 million tons a year. Alpha is the nation's leading supplier and exporter of metallurgical coal used in the steel-making process and is a major supplier of thermal coal to electric utilities and manufacturing industries across the country. The company, through its affiliates, employs approximately 6,200 people and operates more than 60 mines and 14 coal preparation facilities in the regions of Northern and Central Appalachia and the Powder River Basin. More information about Alpha can be found on the company's Web site at http://www.alphanr.com/.

    Alpha Natural Resources

    CONTACT: Media Relations, Ted Pile, Vice President, Corporate
    Communication, +1-276-623-2920, tpile@alphanr.com, or Investor Relations, Todd
    Allen, Vice President, Investor Relations, +1-276-739-5328,
    tallen@alphanr.com, both of Alpha Natural Resources

    Web Site: http://www.alphanr.com/




    McDonald's Chief Operating Officer Ralph Alvarez to Retire

    OAK BROOK, Ill., Dec. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- McDonald's Chief Executive Officer Jim Skinner announced today that Ralph Alvarez has decided to retire as President and Chief Operating Officer of the company for health-related reasons.

    "After more than 30 years in the restaurant industry, the past 15 with this great brand McDonald's, I've decided to retire," Alvarez said. "Seven orthopedic surgeries and years of chronic pain culminating in two total knee replacements in the past six months have made me realize it's time to move on."

    Alvarez' retirement is effective December 31, 2009. He has also decided to resign as a member of the McDonald's Board of Directors.

    "I know this was a difficult decision, but it was the right one for Ralph and his family," Skinner said. "On behalf of the entire McDonald's system, I want to commend Ralph for his many contributions to our business. McDonald's has benefited greatly from Ralph's leadership and commitment to operational excellence."

    Speaking for the McDonald's Board, Chairman Andrew J. McKenna, said, "Ralph has been a strong executive and member of our Board. His industry experience and insights have served us well."

    As a result of this change, the company's Area of the World executive leadership team, responsible for the operation of McDonald's 32,000 restaurants worldwide, will now report directly to CEO Jim Skinner.

    Alvarez, 55, joined McDonald's in 1994. He has held a variety of leadership roles throughout his McDonald's career, including President of McDonald's North America and President of McDonald's USA. Prior to that, he served as Chief Operations Officer and President of the Central Division, both with McDonald's USA. Before joining the U.S. business, he was President of McDonald's Mexico.

    McDonald's is the leading global food-serve organization with more than 32,000 local restaurants in more than 100 countries. About 80 percent of McDonald's restaurants worldwide are owned and operated by franchisees. Please visit our website at http://www.aboutmcdonalds.com/ to learn more about the company.

    Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/19990916/MCDLOGO
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    PRN Photo Desk, photodesk@prnewswire.com McDonald's Corporation

    CONTACT: Walt Riker of McDonald's, +1-630-623-7318

    Web Site: http://www.mcdonalds.com/




    Lux Energy Updates Shareholders on Pending Stock Split

    CALGARY, Dec. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Lux Energy Corp. (OTC BB: LUXE), an oil and gas production and exploration company, today updated shareholders on its pending 3 for 1 stock split.

    The Company is waiting for confirmation from regulators of the effective date of its 3 for 1 forward stock split. It is anticipated that this should occur in the next couple of days. Once Lux Energy receives such confirmation the Company will further update shareholders.

    Lux Energy Corp. is an oil and gas production and exploration company focusing on developing oil and gas resources in North America. Further information and news releases are available at http://www.luxenergycorp.com/.

    Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters discussed in this press release are forward-looking statements. Actual results may differ materially from those described in forward-looking statements and are subject to risks and uncertainties. See Lux Energy's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission which identify specific factors that may cause actual results or events to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements.

    LUX Energy Corporation

    CONTACT: Charles (Chuck) Tait, Lux Energy Corp., Toll-Free:
    1-866-578-6022 or (403) 775-1730, Email: ir@luxenergycorp.com




    The Swiss Helvetia Fund, Inc. Declares Income Distribution

    NEW YORK, Dec. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Board of Directors of The Swiss Helvetia Fund, Inc. , a closed-end investment company, announced today the declaration of net investment income in the amount of $0.211 per share. The distribution will be paid on December 29, 2009 to stockholders of record on December 11, 2009. The shares will trade "ex-dividend" on December 9, 2009.

    The Fund is a non-diversified, closed-end investment company whose objective is to seek long-term capital appreciation through investment in equity and equity-linked securities of Swiss companies. The Fund is managed by Hottinger Capital Corp. and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol SWZ.

    For further information regarding the Fund, please contact Rudolf Millisits, Executive Vice President of Hottinger Capital Corp. at 1-888-SWISS-00 or (212) 332-2760, 1270 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 400, New York, New York, 10020.

    http://www.swz.com/

    The Swiss Helvetia Fund, Inc.

    CONTACT: Rudolf Millisits of Hottinger Capital Corp., +888-SWISS-00, or
    +1-212-332-2760

    Web Site: http://www.swz.com/




    Romarco launches feasibility at Haile

    TORONTO, Dec. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ROMARCO MINERALS INC. (TSXV: R) (the "Company") is pleased to announce it has initiated the feasibility study at the Haile Gold Mine, South Carolina. The feasibility will comprise three primary areas - mining, processing, tailings and geotechnical and the engineering firms that were awarded contracts for those areas are:

    Mining - Independent Mining Consultants (IMC), Tucson, AZ Mill Design - M3 Engineering, Tucson, AZ Tailings and Geotechnical - AMEC, Denver, CO

    Under the direction of Jim Arnold (Sr. V.P, COO) the engineering firms will be working closely with the Company's internal mining team including James Berry (Chief Geologist - formerly with Barrick), Brent Anderson (Haile Mine Manager - formerly with Robinson Nevada - Quadra), Jim Wickens (Haile Mill Manager - formerly with Barrick) and Johnny Pappas (Environmental Director, formerly with Freeport McMoRan). (See press releases dated May 13, August 19 and November 10, 2009 for more information on the Haile technical team).

    About the Feasibility Team --------------------------

    Independent Mining Consultants (IMC) - For more than 25 years, IMC has been recognized worldwide for its expertise in Open Pit Mine Design and Mine Planning as well as Ore Reserve Estimation and Mineral Economics. The experience of IMC personnel is enhanced with the use of the most modern computerized analytical tools and mine design capabilities. IMC has worked for large international mining conglomerates, medium sized mines, multiple commodity producers, and exploration firms. Past and current projects by IMC include Mesquite Mine (CA), Mount Hope (Nevada), Penasquito (Mexico), Mulatos (Mexico), Toromocho (Peru), PT. Freeport Indonesia (Indonesia), and Mount Milligan (British Columbia). IMC's documents have been reviewed and accepted by leading international financial institutions for investment decisions. Many properties have been successfully financed based on work completed by the engineers and geologists of Independent Mining Consultants.

    M3 Engineering - Founded in 1986, M3 Engineering & Technology Corporation (M3) is a full service design firm providing professional Engineering, Procurement and Construction Management services to the hard rock mining industry. M3 offers a diverse field of services providing continuous design and construction services from project conception to final testing and integration. M3's largest project currently under construction is the Goldcorp Minera Penasquito poly-metallic mine in Zacatecas, Mexico with a capital cost in excess of $1 billion. Successful past projects include Quadra Mining Carlota, Goldcorp Penasquito, EPCM for Kennecott's Greens Creek Mine (Alaska), Feasibility Study for Mt. Hope (Nevada), Frontera Copper Piedras Verdes, Pan American Silver Alamo Dorado, Alamos Gold Mulatos, and Farallon Campo Morado. Historically, M3 has provided feasibility studies and design for some 7000 projects and is now recognized as an industry leader in Bankable Feasibility Studies and associated NI 43-101's.

    AMEC - AMEC has provided site investigation, planning, design, construction and ongoing consulting services for over eighty tailings impoundments worldwide. As a company, AMEC has been responsible for design of a number of large tailings facilities for metal mines, coal and oil sands operations. Water and tailings management aspects are routinely integrated into tailings disposal system designs. AMEC is a leader in application of tailings management technologies, including co-disposal, thickened, paste and filtered (dry stack) tailings systems. AMEC's engineers and geologists are experienced in all aspects of earthquake design and earthquake stability analyses.

    AMEC also provides cost-effective water management solutions into the engineering process, reducing the risk to owners. AMEC's multi-disciplinary team of engineers and scientists has become an industry leader in mine water management. AMEC is known throughout the industry for providing innovative, safe, cost-effective and technically sound water management solutions for mine operations and closure plans.

    About Romarco Minerals Inc. ---------------------------

    Romarco Minerals Inc. is a gold development company focused on production in the US and Mexico. The Company's flagship project is the Haile Gold Mine in South Carolina which is currently undergoing exploration drilling, bankable feasibility study and permitting. The Pinos Gold District in Mexico is a high grade epithermal vein district in the advanced exploration stage.

    "Neither the TSX Venture nor its regulation services provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release"

    ROMARCO MINERALS INC.

    CONTACT: Romarco Minerals Inc.: Diane Garrett, President and CEO, (210)
    621-4200, dgarrett@romarco.com; Victoria Vargas, V.P., Investor Relations,
    (416) 367-5500, vvargas@romarco.com; Renmark Financial Communications Inc.:
    Dan Symons, (514) 939-3989, dsymons@renmarkfinancial.com




    Sikorsky Aircraft Delivers UH-60M BLACK HAWK Helicopter to Bahrain Defense Forces

    HORSEHEADS, N.Y., Dec. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. today celebrated the formal delivery of a UH-60M BLACK HAWK helicopter to the Defense Forces of Bahrain. It is the first of nine aircraft that will ultimately be delivered. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. .

    (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20060403/SIKORSKYLOGO )

    The delivery also marks the beginning of the first squadron of UH-60M BLACK HAWK helicopters that will be operated by an international military organization. The Royal Bahrain Air Force will fly the aircraft for military operations that include protection of sovereign borders as well as protection and defense of U.S. and coalition strategic facilities.

    "The Bahrain Air Force is getting a powerful tool in the UH-60M BLACK HAWK helicopter," said Doug Shidler, Sikorsky Vice President, U.S. Government Programs. "The sophistication and capabilities of this aircraft will greatly enhance the Bahrain military's ability, and will serve their country well for years to come."

    Bahrain officials signed the U.S. Army Letter of Offer and Acceptance on May 7, 2007, to purchase nine UH-60M BLACK HAWK helicopters through a Foreign Military Sale (FMS), the first such sale for the UH-60M aircraft.

    The aircraft are being completed at Sikorsky's Military Derivatives Completion Center in Horseheads, N.Y. Deliveries are scheduled to continue into 2010.

    The UH-60M BLACK HAWK helicopter is a twin-engine, medium-lift utility helicopter designed to a U.S. Army requirement to carry an 11-man squad and four-man crew under combat conditions. Sikorsky Aircraft has been manufacturing the BLACK HAWK helicopter for the U.S. Army since 1978. The UH-60M helicopter is the latest and the most advanced model to be fielded to the U.S. Army.

    The UH-60M helicopter provides additional payload and range, improved handling qualities, lower operating costs, and greater survivability than earlier generation BLACK HAWK helicopters. These improvements are achieved with improved engines, revolutionary rotor blade design, improved durability transmission system, advanced digital avionics and an integrated "glass" cockpit.

    Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., based in Stratford, Conn., is a world leader in helicopter design, manufacture and service. United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Conn., provides a broad range of high technology products and support services to the aerospace and building systems industries.

    Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20060403/SIKORSKYLOGO
    AP Archive: http://photoarchive.ap.org/
    PRN Photo Desk, photodesk@prnewswire.com Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.

    CONTACT: Paul Jackson, +1-203-386-7143, Paul.Jackson@sikorsky.com, or
    Marianne Heffernan, +1-203-386-4373, mheffernan@sikorsky.com, both of Sikorsky
    Aircraft Corp.

    Web Site: http://www.sikorsky.com/




    Stone Energy Corporation Announces Upcoming Presentation at Bank of America Merrill Lynch Credit Conference and Capital One Southcoast Energy Conference

    LAFAYETTE, La., Dec. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Stone Energy Corporation today announced that Kenneth H. Beer, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, will be presenting at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2009 Credit Conference in New York at 7:30 a.m. eastern time on Thursday, December 3, 2009. A live webcast will be available in the "Event" section of the company's website, http://www.stoneenergy.com/. The presentation material will also be available in the "Event" section of the company's website within 24 hours of the presentation.

    The company also announced that David H. Welch, the company's President and Chief Executive Officer, and Kenneth H. Beer, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, will be presenting at the Capital One Southcoast Energy Conference in New Orleans at 11:40 a.m. central time on Wednesday, December 9, 2009. The presentation material will be available in the "Event" section of the company's website within 24 hours of the presentation.

    Stone Energy is an independent oil and natural gas company headquartered in Lafayette, Louisiana, and is engaged in the acquisition, exploration, exploitation, development and operation of oil and gas properties located primarily in the Gulf of Mexico. Stone is also active in the Appalachia region. For additional information, contact Kenneth H. Beer, Chief Financial Officer, at 337-521-2210-phone, 337-521-9880 fax or via e-mail at CFO@StoneEnergy.com.

    Stone Energy Corporation

    CONTACT: Kenneth H. Beer, Chief Financial Officer of Stone Energy
    Corporation, +1-337-521-2210, fax: +1-337-521-9880, CFO@StoneEnergy.com

    Web Site: http://www.stoneenergy.com/




    BMO Capital Markets Hires Banking Team to Bolster Healthcare Group- BMO poised for increased sector activity expected in 2010- BMO Capital Markets has hired more than 350 people globally in the past 12 months

    NEW YORK and BOSTON, Dec. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- BMO Capital Markets, the investment and corporate banking arm of BMO Financial Group (NYSE, TSX: BMO), announced it has hired of a team of four healthcare investment bankers in New York and Boston.

    Michael Neuberger, Managing Director, will lead the Healthcare Group, which will focus on the life sciences, medical technology and healthcare services industries. A Wall Street veteran with more than 25 years of experience in investment banking, Neuberger joins BMO from Jefferies & Co. in Boston, where he managed its global healthcare group while driving its medical technology practice.

    Also joining the BMO healthcare team is Annette Grimaldi, Managing Director, a 20-year Wall Street veteran based in New York, who will lead the life sciences practice. Vice President Kristen Morse and Analyst Lee Incandela join the team and will be based in Boston.

    "Through these hires, BMO Capital Markets has significantly increased its commitment to the healthcare sector," said Dominic Petito, Co-Head, U.S. Investment & Corporate Banking, BMO Capital Markets. "Mike Neuberger and Annette Grimaldi, along with the entire team, have the experience and industry knowledge to guide our clients through the current challenges presented by both the economic landscape and the political climate."

    With healthcare as one of the largest global industries, BMO Capital Markets anticipates the following near-term developments:

    - The new healthcare environment will require companies to be very flexible and focus on reducing costs and improving efficacy. - Traditional sources of capital for these companies will all but dry up, as venture capital and private equity firms will allocate capital judiciously to the sector going forward. - Growth-oriented public biotechnology and medical technology companies will require creative strategic and financial solutions as they pursue increased shareholder value.

    "With capital markets rebounding and healthcare reform on the horizon, we expect the need for capital, financial advice and other investment and corporate banking services to grow, and we see significant growth opportunities for our Healthcare practice," said Neuberger.

    As part of BMO's commitment to the healthcare sector, BMO Capital Markets Equity Research sponsors an annual healthcare conference, which, in 2009, showcased 80 leading public and growth-oriented private companies. The banking team welcomed nearly 200 industry professionals and private equity investors to the event in New York, which also attracted more than 250 institutional investors.

    About the BMO Capital Markets Healthcare Group

    BMO's Healthcare team averages more than 15 years of experience working with large and mid-cap healthcare companies, giving BMO Capital Markets specialized industry knowledge as well as the backing of a full-service financial institution. The team offers expertise in mergers & acquisitions, equity capital markets (IPOs, follow-on offerings, PIPEs, Private placements), leveraged finance, debt capital markets, loan products, treasury management, and derivatives. For more information visit, http://www.bmocm.com/industry/us/healthcare/.

    About BMO Capital Markets

    BMO Capital Markets is a leading, full-service North American financial services provider, with over 2,200 employees operating in 14 North American offices and 27 worldwide, offering corporate, institutional and government clients access to a complete range of investment and corporate banking products and services. BMO Capital Markets is a member of BMO Financial Group (NYSE, TSX: BMO), one of the largest diversified financial services providers in North America with US $359 billion total assets and more than 36,000 employees as at October 31, 2009.

    BMO Capital Markets

    CONTACT: For media inquiries, please contact: Kim Hanson,
    kim.hanson@bmo.com, (416) 867-3996; Ronald Monet, ronald.monet@bmo.com, (514)
    877-1873; Holly Holt, holly.holt@bmo.com, (212) 885-4153; Internet:
    http://www.bmocm.com/




    Lilly Releases Latest 'Value of Medicine' Resource Guide About Key Issues Facing the Pharmaceutical Industry

    INDIANAPOLIS, Dec. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The educational resource, "The Value of Medicine, Improving Health... Improving Life," created by Lilly USA , is now available at http://www.lillyforbetterhealth.com/value_of_medicine.jsp. The booklet supports Lilly's commitment to providing "Answers That Matter" and encourages an open dialogue with patients, providers, payers and the public about pharmaceutical industry practices.

    "Today, Lilly and others in health care face tough questions about access to care, managing costs, drug safety and the best ways to fight disease," said David Ricks, president, Lilly USA. "Providing answers requires that we understand diverse perspectives, offer reliable information and keep the focus on what's best for patients. This booklet was created to build understanding between Lilly and its partners in the health care system as we pursue a shared goal of improving health outcomes for patients."

    This is the fourth edition of the resource, which covers topics including(1):

    -- Medicine spending - Prescription medicines account for only 10 cents of every dollar spent on health care.(2) In fact, many prescription medicines help reduce other health care costs.(3) -- Access - Pharmaceutical companies are committed to making medicines accessible to patients in financial need. Through patient assistance programs in the United States, the industry provided medicines worth an estimated $14.5 billion and filled more than 115 million prescriptions for patients in need between 2005 and 2008.(4) -- Importation - Purchasing medicines from other countries is illegal, risky and unsafe,(5) and does not guarantee a cost savings for consumers.(6) -- Value of medicine - Advances in medicine have helped to increase longevity.(7) Medicines can lower overall treatment costs and help people avoid the disability and death caused by disease.(8) -- Importance of innovation - Pharmaceutical companies invest more in research and development than other industries.(9) The vast majority of new medicines are discovered and developed by the pharmaceutical industry, not the government.(10) -- Marketing - The pharmaceutical industry spends much more searching for new medicines than it does on promoting those medicines already on the market.(11,12) Research indicates that direct-to-consumer advertisements encourage dialogue between patients and health care providers, prompting many Americans to discuss their illnesses with health care providers for the first time or to do so earlier than they otherwise would have.(13) About Eli Lilly and Company

    Lilly, a leading innovation-driven corporation, is developing a growing portfolio of pharmaceutical products by applying the latest research from its own worldwide laboratories and from collaborations with eminent scientific organizations. Headquartered in Indianapolis, Ind., Lilly provides answers - through medicines and information - for some of the world's most urgent medical needs. Additional information about Lilly is available at http://www.lilly.com/.

    CR-LLY

    (1) The Value of Medicine, Improving Health...Improving Life: Data on file, Lilly USA, LLC, MG59303.

    (2) Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. 2007 National Health Expenditure data. Available at: http://www.cms.hhs.gov/NationalHealthExpendData/downloads/tables.pdf. Accessed May 14, 2009.

    (3) Insurance Journal. Study: High Prescription Drug Costs Help Lower Other Medical Costs. Available at: http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2008/05/22/90245.htm. Accessed November 19, 2009.

    (4) PhRMA Annual Survey: PhRMA Member Company Patient Assistance Programs: Data on file, Lilly USA, LLC, B2B20090701B.

    (5) Centers for Disease Control. Counterfeit Drugs and Travel. Available at: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/content/counterfeit-drugs.aspx. Accessed November 19, 2009.

    (6) Consumeraffairs.com. Report: Importing Drugs Wouldn't Save Money. Available at http://www.consumeraffairs.com/news04/rx_reimport_report.html. Accessed November 10, 2009.

    (7) Lichtenberg FR. The Impact of New Drug Launches on Longevity: Evidence from Longitudinal, Disease-Level Data from 52 Countries, 1982-2001. NBER Working Paper No. 9754. Cambridge, MA: National Bureau of Economic Research; June 2003.

    (8) Medtap International. The Value of Investment in Health Care: Better Care, Better Lives. Available at:

    http://www.aha.org/aha/research-and-trends/AHA-policy-research/VoIHC-more- resources.html. Accessed November 19, 2009.

    (9) R&D Ratios & Budgets. Libertyville, IL: Schonfeld & Associates, Inc.; June 2008.

    (10) Department of Health and Human Services. NIH Response to the Conference Report Request for a Plan to Ensure Taxpayers' Interests are Protected. Available at: http://www.nih.gov/news/070101wyden.htm. Accessed November 19, 2009.

    (11) IMS Health, IMS Integrated Promotional Services, June 2009: Data on file, Lilly USA, LLC, B2B20090701E.

    (12) Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America. Pharmaceutical Industry Profile 2009. Washington, D.C.: PhRMA; March 2009.

    (13) The U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The Impact of Direct-To-Consumer

    Advertising. Available at: http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/ucm143562.htm. Accessed November 19, 2009.

    (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20031219/LLYLOGO )

    Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20031219/LLYLOGO Eli Lilly and Company

    CONTACT: Janice Chavers of Eli Lilly and Company, +1-317-651-6253,
    chaversjm@lilly.com




    Sanford C. Bernstein Re-Launches Equity Capital Markets Business

    NEW YORK, Dec. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AllianceBernstein Holding L.P. and AllianceBernstein L.P. today announced the re-launch of an equity capital markets business at Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., LLC ("Bernstein"), along with the hiring of Thomas M. Morrison as the head of Bernstein's equity capital markets team.

    "Bernstein is re-entering the equity capital markets business for a simple reason: our clients want us to bring the same independent, rigorous insight to bear on the primary market that we currently provide on the secondary market," said James Gingrich, Chairman and CEO of Bernstein. "We are delighted to have Tom Morrison on board to lead our re-entry into this business."

    Mr. Morrison has over 17 years of experience originating and executing equity offerings, most recently as a Managing Director in the Equity Capital Markets group at Banc of America Securities.

    Mr. Morrison said, "The quality and integrity of Bernstein's research is unparalleled in the industry. Bernstein's distribution capabilities and communication of industry and company positioning are unmatched as well. We look forward to extending this premium service to our investing and issuing clients in the equity new issue business."

    Mr. Gingrich added, "Bernstein's research coverage is focused on the most significant companies in their respective industries, and we only intend to underwrite offerings of issuers that are consistent with that model and make sense for our clients. Our past success in the new issue business demonstrates that clients value the intellectual rigor and integrity we can bring to the process."

    About AllianceBernstein

    AllianceBernstein is a leading global investment management firm that offers high-quality research and diversified investment services to institutional clients, individuals and private clients in major markets around the world. AllianceBernstein employs more than 500 investment professionals with expertise in growth equities, value equities, fixed income securities, blend strategies and alternative investments and, through its subsidiaries and joint ventures, operates in more than 20 countries. AllianceBernstein's research disciplines include fundamental research, quantitative research, economic research and currency forecasting capabilities. Through its integrated global platform, AllianceBernstein is well-positioned to tailor investment solutions for its clients. AllianceBernstein also offers independent research, portfolio strategy and brokerage-related services to institutional investors.

    At September 30, 2009, AllianceBernstein Holding L.P. owned approximately 34.9% of the issued and outstanding AllianceBernstein Units and AXA, one of the largest global financial services organizations, owned an approximate 64.1% economic interest in AllianceBernstein.

    Cautions regarding Forward-Looking Statements

    Certain statements provided by management in this news release are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties, and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. The most significant of these factors include, but are not limited to, the following: the performance of financial markets, the investment performance of sponsored investment products and separately managed accounts, general economic conditions, industry trends, future acquisitions, competitive conditions, and government regulations, including changes in tax regulations and rates and the manner in which the earnings of publicly traded partnerships are taxed. We caution readers to carefully consider such factors. Further, such forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which such statements are made; we undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of such statements. For further information regarding these forward-looking statements and the factors that could cause actual results to differ, see "Risk Factors" and "Cautions Regarding Forward-Looking Statements" in our Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2008 and Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2009. Any or all of the forward-looking statements that we make in this news release, Form 10-K, Form 10-Q, other documents we file with or furnish to the SEC, and any other public statements we issue, may turn out to be wrong. It is important to remember that other factors besides those listed in "Risk Factors" and "Cautions Regarding Forward-Looking Statements", and those listed above, could also adversely affect our revenues, financial condition, results of operations and business prospects.

    http://www.alliancebernstein.com/

    AllianceBernstein Holding L.P.

    CONTACT: Investor Relations, Philip Talamo, +1-212-969-2383,
    ir@alliancebernstein.com, or Media, John Meyers, +1-212-969-2301,
    john.meyers@alliancebernstein.com

    Web Site: http://www.alliancebernstein.com/

    Company News On-Call: http://www.prnewswire.com/comp/148970.html




    TriMas Corporation Announces Plan to Extend Its Credit Agreement

    BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich., Dec. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- TriMas Corporation today announced that it has initiated a process to amend and extend its credit facilities. If approved, the proposed amendment would extend the maturity of the Company's revolving credit facility from August 2011 to December 2013 and its $252 million term loan from June 2013 to December 2015. The Company expects to pay an increased interest rate consistent with market conditions to those lenders that agree to extend the maturity of their term loans or revolving credit commitments.

    Dave Wathen, the Company's President and CEO commented, "The financial markets have presented TriMas with the opportunity to consider refinancing our bank debt with terms that we believe are very good for TriMas' capital structure and the future of the company. TriMas' liquidity is strong with $156 million of cash and available liquidity under our revolving credit and receivables securitization facilities as of September 30, 2009. Based on discussions with our financial advisors, we believe this is an excellent time to take advantage of the current credit markets to seek to extend the maturity of our debt."

    Cautionary Notice Regarding Forward-looking Statements

    Any "forward-looking" statements contained herein, including those relating to market conditions or the Company's financial condition and results, expense reductions, liquidity expectations, business goals and sales growth, involve risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, risks and uncertainties with respect to general economic and currency conditions, various conditions specific to the Company's business and industry, the Company's substantial leverage, liabilities imposed by the Company's debt instruments, market demand, competitive factors, the Company's ability to maintain compliance with the listing requirements of NASDAQ, supply constraints, material and energy costs, technology factors, litigation, government and regulatory actions, the Company's accounting policies, future trends, and other risks which are detailed in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2008, and in the Company's Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. These risks and uncertainties may cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by the forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements made herein are based on information currently available, and the Company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements.

    About TriMas

    Headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, TriMas Corporation provides engineered and applied products for growing markets worldwide. TriMas Corporation is organized into five strategic business segments: Packaging, Energy, Aerospace & Defense, Engineered Components and Cequent. TriMas Corporation has approximately 4,000 employees at 70 different facilities in 11 countries. For additional information, please visit http://www.trimascorp.com/.

    CONTACT: Sherry Lauderback Vice President, Investor Relations & Communications (248) 631-5506 sherrylauderback@trimascorp.com

    TriMas Corporation

    CONTACT: Sherry Lauderback, Vice President, Investor Relations &
    Communications, +1-248-631-5506, sherrylauderback@trimascorp.com

    Web Site: http://www.trimascorp.com/




    Craig Rawlins Joins as President, Harris myCFO Investment Advisory Services, IAS

    CHICAGO, Dec. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Harris myCFO(TM) is pleased to announce the hiring of Craig Rawlins as President, Harris myCFO Investment Advisory Services, IAS. In his new role, Craig will have responsibility for all investment professionals and services, including those in Harris myCFO(TM) national offices. Craig is charged with setting the strategic direction for the Harris myCFO Investment Advisory practice and will be actively engaged in driving the growth and development of the business nationally.

    In a related move, Steve Braverman will now focus his efforts as Chief Investment Strategist of Harris myCFO IAS, LLC and will continue to serve as Managing Director of the Northeast office. Also, recently Jim Hering joined Harris myCFO IAS, LLC as Chief Operating Officer and is responsible for the day to day management of the Harris myCFO Investment Advisory Service Business Practice.

    "Building a robust and aligned investment advisory service offering continues to be central to our goal of becoming the premiere provider of investment advisory and family office services in the country," said Joe Calabrese, President of Harris myCFO, Inc. "The additions of Craig and Jim to our team further builds upon our efforts to deliver leading advisory services to our clients."

    "By repositioning certain key responsibilities between three senior leaders, we will be able to further drive our growth which Steve Braverman has helped to champion since joining us in 2006. His guidance, dedication and innovation have truly helped to drive our business forward," added Calabrese.

    Craig is a seasoned investment professional with more than 27 years of experience. He joins Harris myCFO from Russell Investment Group, where he most recently served as Director of Client Services. In that role, he had responsibility for overseeing Russell's large market initiative, which included driving retention and growth of their largest clients in the U.S. and Canada. He also had direct responsibility for delivering and coordinating investment advice to Russell's largest client relationships. Prior to his time at Russell, he also worked at Gresham Partners, and Ernst & Young.

    About Harris myCFO(TM)

    Harris myCFO has a dedicated focus on ultra high net worth individuals and families. It offers its clients an integrated family office solution utilizing services that include investment advisory, income tax planning and compliance, estate planning services, philanthropic advisory, insurance evaluation, financial reporting and expense management. Harris myCFO is a member of the Harris family of wealth management services.

    Harris® and Harris Private Bank are trade names used by various subsidiary financial service providers of Harris Financial Corp. Banking services offered through Harris Private Bank are provided by Harris N.A., The Harris Bank N.A. and their bank affiliates. Member FDIC. Harris myCFO(TM) is a brand used by Harris myCFO, Inc. providing Family Office Services, Harris myCFO Investment Advisory Services LLC, an SEC-registered investment advisor and certain divisions of Harris N.A. that are national banks with trust powers. Not all products and services are offered in every state and/or location. Investment products are: Not FDIC Insured - May Lose Value - Carry No Bank Guarantee.

    Harris

    CONTACT: James Kappel, +1-312-461-2478




    Federal Realty Investment Trust Adds Experience to its Boston Leasing and Acquisition Teams

    ROCKVILLE, Md., Dec. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Federal Realty Investment Trust today announced that it has further strengthened its retail real estate presence in the Boston market by adding two experienced real estate professionals to oversee its acquisitions and leasing in the Boston region. Ed Senenman brings more than 20 years of experience to his new role to source Federal Realty's investment opportunities in the Northeast region and Lee Anne Klemyk adds 20 plus years of leasing experience to the team as she takes on responsibility for leasing Federal Realty's New England portfolio. These new hires come on the heels of Federal Realty's recent announcement that Don Briggs will head the Trust's Boston office, demonstrating Federal Realty's commitment to the region.

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    "With the addition of two seasoned professionals, we are furthering our commitment to expand Federal Realty's footprint in New England, and improve our core operations in the region," commented Don Briggs, president Federal Realty Boston. "In addition, both Lee Anne and Ed will bring a wealth of experience as we assess the future development of Assembly Square."

    Mr. Senenman will be responsible for acquiring high-quality retail properties that meet Federal Realty's investment criteria in the Trust's Northeast region, which extends from Boston to Philadelphia.

    "Ed's significant experience, existing relationships and market knowledge in the Northeast enhances our ability to pursue high-quality investments in this region," said Jeff Berkes, executive vice president - chief investment officer for Federal Realty. "With significant capital available to invest, we're excited to welcome Ed to Federal Realty's acquisitions team."

    Prior to joining the Trust, Mr. Senenman served as vice president of acquisitions for Kimco Realty Corporation where he was involved in the acquisition of shopping centers totaling several billion dollars. Mr. Senenman received both an MBA in Finance and BBA in Accounting from Hofstra University and has more than 20 years of experience in all facets of retail property acquisitions, property valuations, asset management, and development.

    Ms. Klemyk will be based out of Federal Realty's Boston office in Somerville, Massachusetts and will oversee all leasing efforts for the Trust's New England portfolio. Before joining the Trust, Ms. Klemyk served as vice president of leasing for New England Development, where she specialized in leasing space for large-format retail tenants up to 165,000 square feet. Prior to that she was vice president of leasing at W/S DevelopmentS.R. Weiner & Associates where she developed and implemented leasing strategies for a portfolio containing over 15 million square feet of space. Ms. Klemyk graduated magna cum laude from Central Connecticut State University where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing.

    "Lee Anne's 20 plus years of retail leasing experience throughout New England will be a real asset to the Trust in the leasing of both our current operating portfolio and potential future development opportunities," said Chris Weilminster, senior vice president - leasing for Federal Realty. "Her understanding of the New England retail markets, relationships with tenants and experience in leasing operating portfolios and new development projects is a perfect fit for Federal Realty's needs in New England."

    About Federal Realty

    Federal Realty Investment Trust is an equity real estate investment trust specializing in the ownership, management and redevelopment of high quality retail assets. Federal Realty's portfolio (excluding joint venture properties) contains approximately 18.2 million square feet located primarily in strategically selected metropolitan markets in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and California. In addition, the Trust has an ownership interest in approximately 1.0 million square feet of retail space through a joint venture in which the Trust has a 30% interest. Our operating portfolio (excluding joint venture properties) was 94.2% leased to national, regional, and local retailers as of September 30, 2009, with no single tenant accounting for more than approximately 2.6% of annualized base rent. Federal Realty has paid quarterly dividends to its shareholders continuously since its founding in 1962, and has increased its dividend rate for 42 consecutive years, the longest record in the REIT industry. Federal Realty is an S&P MidCap 400 company and its shares are traded on the NYSE under the symbol FRT.

    Investor and Media Inquiries ---------------------------- Janelle Stevenson Gina Birdsall Corporate Communications Manager Investor Relations Manager 301/998-8185 301/998-8265 jmstevenson@federalrealty.com gbirdsall@federalrealty.com

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    CONTACT: Investor and Media Inquiries: Janelle Stevenson, Corporate
    Communications Manager, +1-301-998-8185, jmstevenson@federalrealty.com; or
    Gina Birdsall, Investor Relations Manager, +1-301-998-8265,
    gbirdsall@federalrealty.com

    Web Site: http://www.federalrealty.com/




    Edward Senenman to Lead Federal Realty Investment Trust's Northeast Region Acquisitions

    ROCKVILLE, Md., Dec. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Federal Realty Investment Trust today announced that Edward Senenman has joined the Trust to source investment opportunities in the Northeast Region. Mr. Senenman will be based in Manhattan and be responsible for acquiring high-quality retail properties that meet Federal Realty's investment criteria in the Trust's Northeast region, which extends from Boston to Philadelphia.

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    "Ed's significant experience, existing relationships, and market knowledge in metropolitan New York and the entire Northeast enhance our ability to pursue high-quality investments in this region," said Jeff Berkes, executive vice president - chief investment officer for Federal Realty. "With significant capital available to invest, we're excited to welcome Ed to Federal Realty's acquisitions team."

    Prior to joining the Trust, Mr. Senenman served as vice president of acquisitions for Kimco Realty Corporation where he was involved in the acquisition of shopping centers totaling several billion dollars. Mr. Senenman received both an MBA in Finance and BBA in Accounting from Hofstra University and has more than 20 years of experience in all facets of retail property acquisitions, property valuations, asset management, and development.

    Federal Realty's investment strategy focuses on acquiring properties that provide evidence of strong re-leasing and/or redevelopment potential. The Trust seeks to acquire high-quality retail assets in affluent and densely populated areas with significant barriers to entry in its core markets along the East and West Coasts. For more information and to review Federal Realty's acquisition criteria, please visit http://www.federalrealty.com/acquisitions.

    About Federal Realty

    Federal Realty Investment Trust is an equity real estate investment trust specializing in the ownership, management and redevelopment of high quality retail assets. Federal Realty's portfolio (excluding joint venture properties) contains approximately 18.2 million square feet located primarily in strategically selected metropolitan markets in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and California. In addition, the Trust has an ownership interest in approximately 1.0 million square feet of retail space through a joint venture in which the Trust has a 30% interest. Our operating portfolio (excluding joint venture properties) was 94.2% leased to national, regional, and local retailers as of September 30, 2009, with no single tenant accounting for more than approximately 2.6% of annualized base rent. Federal Realty has paid quarterly dividends to its shareholders continuously since its founding in 1962, and has increased its dividend rate for 42 consecutive years, the longest record in the REIT industry. Federal Realty is an S&P MidCap 400 company and its shares are traded on the NYSE under the symbol FRT.

    Investor and Media Inquiries Janelle Stevenson Gina Birdsall Corporate Communications Manager Investor Relations Manager 301/998-8185 301/998-8265 jmstevenson@federalrealty.com gbirdsall@federalrealty.com

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    http://www.federalrealty.com/acquisitions Federal Realty Investment Trust

    CONTACT: Janelle Stevenson, Corporate Communications Manager,
    +1-301-998-8185, jmstevenson@federalrealty.com; Gina Birdsall, Investor
    Relations Manager, +1-301-998-8265, gbirdsall@federalrealty.com




    Lee Anne Klemyk to Lead Leasing of Federal Realty Investment Trust's New England Portfolio

    ROCKVILLE, Md., Dec. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Federal Realty Investment Trust today announced that Lee Anne Klemyk has joined the Trust to oversee the leasing of the Trust's New England portfolio. Federal Realty's New England portfolio includes approximately 2.1 million square feet of operating retail space as well as 16.6 acres of riverfront land in Somerville, Massachusetts adjacent to the Trust's Assembly Square Mall property. The potential development at Assembly Square is zoned to include up to 1.2 million square feet of retail and office space, including a 340,000 square foot IKEA and 2,100 residential units. For more information on Federal Realty leasing, please visit http://www.federalrealty.com/broker_leasing.

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    "Lee Anne's 20 plus years of retail leasing experience throughout New England will be a real asset to the Trust in the leasing of both our current operating portfolio and potential future development opportunities at Assembly Square," said Chris Weilminster, senior vice president - leasing for Federal Realty. "Her understanding of the New England retail markets, relationships with tenants and experience in leasing operating portfolios and new development projects is a perfect fit for Federal Realty's needs in New England."

    Ms. Klemyk will be based out of Federal Realty's Boston office in Somerville, Massachusetts and will oversee all leasing efforts for the Trust's New England portfolio. Before joining the Trust, Ms. Klemyk served as vice president of leasing for New England Development, where she specialized in leasing space for large-format retail tenants up to 165,000 square feet. Prior to that she was vice president of leasing at W/S DevelopmentS.R. Weiner & Associates where she developed and implemented leasing strategies for a portfolio containing over 15 million square feet. Ms. Klemyk graduated magna cum laude from Central Connecticut State University where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing.

    About Federal Realty

    Federal Realty Investment Trust is an equity real estate investment trust specializing in the ownership, management and redevelopment of high quality retail assets. Federal Realty's portfolio (excluding joint venture properties) contains approximately 18.2 million square feet located primarily in strategically selected metropolitan markets in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and California. In addition, the Trust has an ownership interest in approximately 1.0 million square feet of retail space through a joint venture in which the Trust has a 30% interest. Our operating portfolio (excluding joint venture properties) was 94.2% leased to national, regional, and local retailers as of September 30, 2009, with no single tenant accounting for more than approximately 2.6% of annualized base rent. Federal Realty has paid quarterly dividends to its shareholders continuously since its founding in 1962, and has increased its dividend rate for 42 consecutive years, the longest record in the REIT industry. Federal Realty is an S&P MidCap 400 company and its shares are traded on the NYSE under the symbol FRT.

    Investor and Media Inquiries Janelle Stevenson Corporate Communications Manager 301/998-8185 jmstevenson@federalrealty.com

    Gina Birdsall Investor Relations Manager 301/998-8265 gbirdsall@federalrealty.com

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    CONTACT: Investor and Media Inquiries: Janelle Stevenson, Corporate
    Communications Manager, +1-301-998-8185, jmstevenson@federalrealty.com; Gina
    Birdsall, Investor Relations Manager, +1-301-998-8265,
    gbirdsall@federalrealty.com

    Web Site: http://www.federalrealty.com/




    Standard & Poor's Reports November 2009 Index Returns

    NEW YORK, Dec. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Values are expressed in percentages

    30-Nov- 3 12 3 5 10 S&P US Indices 2009 Months YTD Months Years Years Years

    S&P 500 (1) 5.998 7.911 24.068 25.388 -5.785 0.706 -0.571 S&P MidCap 400 (2) 4.052 5.011 29.268 35.534 -3.959 2.860 6.322 S&P SmallCap 600 (3) 2.609 1.745 15.593 22.645 -7.384 0.127 6.308 S&P 900 (4) 5.838 7.668 24.474 26.155 -5.636 0.891 -0.062 S&P 1000 (4) 3.609 3.997 24.756 31.315 -5.102 1.953 6.297 S&P Composite

    1500(4) 5.723 7.452 24.143 26.028 -5.701 0.867 0.135 S&P 100(5) 6.165 8.184 21.317 21.291 -5.351 0.629 -1.719 S&P 500 Equal

    Weighted (6) 5.390 7.205 39.853 43.798 -4.827 2.117 5.136 S&P 500/Citigroup

    Value* (7) 6.260 5.645 19.075 20.210 -8.898 -0.519 1.018 S&P 500/Citigroup

    Growth* (7) 5.768 10.010 28.831 30.320 -2.797 1.814 -2.375 S&P MidCap

    400/Citigroup

    Value* (7) 4.470 3.811 24.997 31.252 -5.763 2.104 8.486 S&P MidCap

    400/Citigroup

    Growth* (7) 3.626 6.227 33.680 39.903 -2.203 3.502 4.140 S&P SmallCap

    600/Citigroup

    Value* (7) 3.104 0.829 13.627 21.326 -8.765 -0.440 7.126 S&P SmallCap

    600/Citigroup

    Growth* (7) 2.124 2.676 17.598 23.870 -6.036 0.616 4.759

    S&P Global Indices S&P Asia 50 (US$) (6) 1.69 9.43 54.16 67.08 4.19 12.60 8.42 S&P Europe 350

    (EURO) (6) 1.24 1.78 23.31 19.29 -8.58 2.70 -0.75 S&P Europe 350

    (US$)(6) 2.99 6.25 33.43 40.84 -4.75 5.26 3.28 S&P Global 100

    (US$) (6) 4.55 7.84 25.65 29.32 -3.11 3.17 -0.18 S&P Global

    1200 (US$) (6) 4.47 7.10 29.32 33.90 -4.44 3.43 1.32 S&P Latin

    America 40 (US$) (7) 9.89 25.14 93.43 101.42 16.33 28.97 20.71 S&P/TOPIX 150

    (US$) (7) -0.30 -4.90 4.99 13.51 -10.04 0.11 -3.73 S&P/TOPIX 150

    (YEN) (7) -5.43 -11.61 0.02 2.64 -18.55 -3.40 -5.42 S&P Euro (Euro) (6) 1.83 1.49 21.00 21.50 -8.16 3.48 -0.46 S&P Euro (US$) (6) 3.58 5.94 30.93 43.45 -4.33 6.06 3.58 S&P Euro Plus

    (EURO) (6) 1.27 1.53 22.01 21.89 -7.55 3.96 0.01 S&P Euro Plus

    (US$) (6) 3.01 5.99 32.03 43.90 -3.69 6.55 4.06 S&P United

    Kingdom (PDS) (6) 3.24 6.21 21.58 25.96 -1.01 6.00 1.55 S&P /TSX 60 (CN$) (8) 5.26 4.94 29.11 24.67 0.13 8.77 6.44 S&P/ASX 50 1.99 6.38 31.80 30.46 0.49 8.81 9.02 S&P ADR Index

    (USD) (TR) (6) 4.99 8.05 35.55 43.54 -2.30 6.43 3.04 S&P Japan 500

    (YEN) (TR) (6) -5.83 -12.06 0.39 3.25 -17.99 -3.25 -4.46 S&P 700 (USD)

    (TR) (6) 3.18 6.42 34.25 42.32 -3.11 6.34 3.54 S&P/ASX 200

    (AUD) (TR) 1.78 5.88 32.09 31.72 -0.72 8.25 - S&P/TSX Composite

    Index (TR) 5.16 6.09 31.22 27.75 -0.67 7.60 6.51

    S&P Fixed Income

    Indices S&P National

    AMT-Free Municipal

    Bond Index(9) 0.71% 1.63% 11.62% 13.73% 3.68% 4.39% - S&P California

    AMT-Free Municipal

    Bond Index 0.05% 0.75% 9.69% 11.90% 3.11% 4.15% - S&P New York AMT-Free

    Municipal

    Bond Index 0.90% 1.63% 12.21% 14.13% 4.01% 4.54% - S&P Short Term

    Nat'l AMT-Free

    Municipal Bond Index 0.78% 1.30% 4.45% 5.46% 4.77% 4.00% - S&P U.S.

    Commercial

    Paper Index 0.03% 0.09% 0.66% 0.99% - - - S&P/LSTA Loan 100 0.15% 2.74% 46.03% 45.15% 2.39% 3.68% - S&P/Citigroup

    International

    Treasury Bond ex-US 3.20% 6.37% 12.46% 22.44% 9.90% 6.45% - S&P/Citigroup

    International

    Treasury Bond

    ex-US 1-3 Year 2.68% 5.82% 12.16% 21.10% 9.57% 5.77% -

    Notes: Dividend Reinvested Index Inception Dates: (1)1970, (2)1981, (3)1984, (4)1994, (5)1988, (6)1989, (7)1995, (8)1987 (9)9/4/07-3,069 bonds *3, 5 and 10 year returns are based on the blended S&P/Barra & S&P/ Citigroup Indices. 3, 5 and 10 year total returns are compounded annually.

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    Vista Partners Updates Coverage on GTX Corp. (OTCBB: GTXO) With $1.15 Price Target

    SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Vista Partners announced today that it has updated coverage on GTX Corp. (BULLETIN BOARD: GTXO) with a twelve month price target of $1.15. Zachary Cave, a Senior Analyst at Vista Partners stated, "With an advanced proprietary platform, surrounded by deep and broad IP protection, and growing partnerships and application sales across the globe, GTX Corp. is well positioned to meet the growing demand for simple to use GPS/PLS technology. We believe the Company is well on its way to high growth based on the fact that it boasts one of the most complete product offerings in the GPS/PLS space and has collaborations and partnerships that could produce high seven figure revenues over the next twelve months." To download a free copy of the report, please visit the Vista Partners website, http://www.vistap.com/ and click on the download research icon.

    About Vista Partners:

    Vista Partners provides independent, equity research to institutional and individual investors, with a focus on publicly traded small capitalization companies. With offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Bend, Vista Partners is one of the fastest growing independently owned equity research firms. Vista Partners professional staff has backgrounds in finance, corporate communications and investment banking. More information is available at http://www.vistap.com/.

    Contact: Vista Partners Emily Gilbert (310) 744-5268 info@vistap.com http://www.vistap.com/

    Vista Partners

    CONTACT: Emily Gilbert of Vista Partners, +1-310-744-5268,
    info@vistap.com

    Web Site: http://www.vistap.com/




    Payless ShoeSource Announces the Philippines as Newest International Market for Retail ChainPayless and Stores Specialists, Inc. to Bring Payless Brand Promise of Affordable Fashion, Brands and Quality to Millions of New Customers in the Philippines

    MANILA, Philippines and TOPEKA, Kan., Dec. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Payless ShoeSource announced plans today for the continued international expansion of the Payless retail chain. Through an agreement with franchise partner Stores Specialists, Inc. (SSI), the Philippines will be the next country in Payless' strategic global expansion initiative, with the first stores planned to open by mid-2010.

    SSI has a strong background in developing well-known international brands in the Philippines, and is the leading fashion specialty retailer in the country, managing 72 well-known brands and 340 retail stores.

    The two companies said they expect to start opening new Payless stores in 2010 and that the Philippines -- the 12th largest country by population with more than 97 million people, and a family-oriented culture that is attracted to affordable fashion -- appears to be a strong fit for the Payless offering and brand promise. Approximately five stores will open in the Philippines beginning mid next year, and more stores are scheduled to open in the coming years to ensure that the market is fully served. This is a multi-year transaction; additional terms were not disclosed.

    In the past year, Payless has announced franchise arrangements for the company's global expansion initiative, with six new stores now in the Middle East and stores planned for Russia next year with M.H. Alshaya Company.

    "The franchise model is proving to be the most efficient way to reach more international markets with the Payless brand and all it has to offer -- great fashion, well-recognized brands and quality all at a great price," said LuAnn Via, chief executive officer and president of Payless ShoeSource. "Payless brings the know how in footwear specialty retailing, and our franchise partners like SSI bring its strong infrastructure and experience in the local region. Filipino people love to shop and have a strong appetite for American brands, fashion and footwear and accessories. Together with SSI we are truly excited to bring the Payless brand to the Philippines and to affordably serve the footwear and accessory needs of families in the country."

    Through the franchise arrangement, Payless provides SSI with seasonal product assortments, as well as expertise in retail operations, merchandising, marketing and brand strategy. SSI provides retail location strategy, construction, logistics, and store training and staffing. SSI will utilize Payless' newest store format, the "Hot Zone" layout, and will purchase Payless product directly from Payless' seasonal assortment.

    Like the Payless stores in the U.S., the stores in the Philippines will feature a wide assortment of shoes and accessories for the family including branded products for women, men and children covering a range of wearing occasions.

    "We are thrilled to bring Payless and all it represents to the Philippine market," said Anthony Huang, executive vice president of SSI. "As a retailer and fashion brand, Payless is doing tremendous things for people across the globe with its mission to democratize fashion and design in footwear and accessories for all to enjoy. We believe this brand promise will do well here, as it has in the U.S. and other areas of the world."

    Payless and its more than 4,500-store chain has an expanding global presence today in countries and territories including the United States, Canada and in Central America, the Caribbean, South America and the Middle East.

    The international franchise strategy is a significant move in expanding Payless' diversified real estate strategy that includes a well-balanced mix of mall-based stores with free standing stores and those located in lifestyle and local shopping centers.

    About Payless & Collective Brands, Inc.

    Payless ShoeSource, Inc., a unit of Collective Brands, Inc., is the largest specialty family footwear retailer in the Western Hemisphere and is dedicated to democratizing fashion and design in footwear and accessories and inspiring fun, fashion possibilities for the family at a great value. As of the end of second quarter 2009, the company operated more than 4,500 stores. In addition, customers can buy shoes over the Internet through Payless.com® at http://www.payless.com/.

    Collective Brands, Inc. is a leader in bringing compelling lifestyle, fashion and performance brands for footwear and related accessories to consumers worldwide. The company operates three strategic units covering a powerful brand portfolio, as well as multiple price points and selling channels including retail, wholesale, ecommerce and licensing. Collective Brands, Inc. includes Payless ShoeSource, focused on democratizing fashion and design in footwear and accessories through its more than 4,500-store retail chain, with its brands Airwalk®, Dexter®, Champion®, Zoe & Zac(TM), the first-ever affordable green footwear brand, and designer collections Lela Rose for Payless, Unforgettable Moments by Lela Rose, alice + olivia for Payless, Christian Siriano for Payless and STLP x Airwalk, among others; Collective Brands Performance + Lifestyle Group, focused on lifestyle and performance branded footwear and high-quality children's footwear sold primarily through wholesaling, with its brands including Stride Rite®, Keds®, Sperry Top-Sider®, and Saucony®, among others; and Collective Licensing International, the brand development, management and global licensing unit, with such youth lifestyle brands as Airwalk®, Vision Street Wear®, Sims®, Lamar® and LTD®. Information about, and links for shopping on, each of the Collective Brand's units can be found at http://www.collectivebrands.com/.

    About Stores Specialists, Inc.

    Stores Specialists, Inc. (SSI) is a wholly Filipino-owned corporation belonging to the Rustan Group, a leading retailing and wholesaling conglomerate in the Philippines. SSI was established in 1985 with the mission of pioneering into freestanding specialty store concepts. It broke ground in specialty retailing by expanding its distribution through freestanding stores in prime shopping malls in Metro Manila. Through the last two decades, SSI grew its retailing operation by acquiring the exclusive marketing rights and franchise of some of the finest and most prestigious international brands in the world. Year 2003 in particular marked the beginnings of a new wave of growth for the company with the acquisition of the local franchise for the brands under the Gucci Group. This was followed by the much awaited store openings of other well known brands: Zara and Debenhams in 2005, Gap in 2007, and Marc Jacobs and Banana Republic in 2008, to name a few.

    SSI is now the leading high-end fashion specialty retailer in the Philippines, with the biggest lifestyle brand portfolio and the largest network of retail outlets all over the country. The numbers tell the story: Over 70 brands, close to 350 free-standing and shop-in-shop locations, totaling over 250,000 square feet of prime retail space in the major shopping centers of Manila, Cebu, Davao and Baguio. More information can be found at http://www.ssigroup.com.ph/.

    Payless ShoeSource

    CONTACT: Mardi Larson, +1-612-928-0202, for Payless ShoeSource

    Web Site: http://www.payless.com/
    http://www.collectivebrands.com/
    http://www.ssigroup.com.ph/




    Nissan North America Announces November SalesCompany Posts 20.8% Year-Over-Year Increase

    FRANKLIN, Tenn., Dec. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA) today reported November 2009 sales of 56,288 units versus 46,605 units last year, an increase of 20.8 percent, compared with November 2008. Nissan Division sales rose 29.9 percent for the month, while sales of Infiniti vehicles were 26 percent lower than a year ago.

    (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080506/NISSANWORDMARKLOGO ) NNA INFORMATION -- Combined Nissan and Infiniti sales of 56,288 units were 20.8 percent higher than November sales last year of 46,605 units. -- To ensure consistency in global sales reporting, Nissan North America calculates monthly variances on a straight-percentage basis, unadjusted for the number of selling days. November had 23 selling days, compared with 25 selling days in November 2008. NISSAN HIGHLIGHTS -- Nissan vehicles posted sales of 50,644 units in November compared with 38,974 units sold in November 2008, a 29.9 percent increase. -- Nissan Division car sales were up by 41.6 percent year over year, and truck sales rose 11.7 percent in November 2009 compared with the same month last year. -- Vehicles showing significant sales increases included Maxima (up 83.8 percent), Altima (up 43.1 percent), Frontier (up 71.4 percent) and Xterra (up 50.9 percent). INFINITI HIGHLIGHTS -- Infiniti sales for November 2009 were 5,644 units, down 26 percent from the 7,631 units sold in the same month last year. -- November sales of the G Coupe totaled 1,186 vehicles, up 23.3 percent from 962 sales in November 2008. -- Sales of the FX rose 13.6 percent to 776 units in November 2009, compared with 683 sales in November a year ago.

    In North America, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program 2010, whose key priorities are reducing CO2 emissions, cutting other emissions and increasing recycling. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at http://www.nissanusa.com/ and http://www.nissandriven.com/www.infinitiusa.com.

    NISSAN DIVISION ---------------

    November November Monthly CYTD CYTD CYTD -------- -------- ------- ---- ---- ---- 2009 2008 % chg 2009 2008 % chg ---- ---- ----- ---- ---- -----

    Nissan Division Total 50,644 38,974 29.9 624,718 784,532 -20.4 --------------------- ------ ------ ---- ------- ------- ----- Versa 5,554 4,535 22.5 76,097 80,044 -4.9 --------------------- ------ ------ ---- ------- ------- ----- Sentra 5,210 4,995 4.3 76,514 94,031 -18.6 --------------------- ------ ------ ---- ------- ------- ----- Cube 1,565 0 0.0 18,414 0 0.0 --------------------- ------ ------ ---- ------- ------- ----- Altima 15,490 10,828 43.1 184,925 252,357 -26.7 --------------------- ------ ------ ---- ------- ------- ----- Maxima 4,995 2,718 83.8 47,931 43,673 9.7 --------------------- ------ ------ ---- ------- ------- ----- 350/370Z 713 450 58.4 12,193 9,770 24.8 --------------------- ------ ------ ---- ------- ------- ----- GT-R 92 208 -55.8 1,415 1,581 -10.5 --------------------- ------ ------ ---- ------- ------- ----- Total Car 33,619 23,734 41.6 417,489 481,456 -13.3 --------------------- ------ ------ ---- ------- ------- ----- Frontier 2,007 1,171 71.4 25,427 43,595 -41.7 --------------------- ------ ------ ---- ------- ------- ----- Titan 1,501 1,022 46.9 16,894 31,929 -47.1 --------------------- ------ ------ ---- ------- ------- ----- Xterra 1,682 1,115 50.9 14,591 31,957 -54.3 --------------------- ------ ------ ---- ------- ------- ----- Pathfinder 1,630 1,214 34.3 16,027 32,004 -49.9 --------------------- ------ ------ ---- ------- ------- ----- Armada 953 713 33.7 8,265 14,753 -44.0 --------------------- ------ ------ ---- ------- ------- ----- Rogue 5,101 5,501 -7.3 70,671 66,137 6.9 --------------------- ------ ------ ---- ------- ------- ----- Murano 3,924 4,162 -5.7 47,044 64,940 -27.6 --------------------- ------ ------ ---- ------- ------- ----- Quest 227 342 -33.6 8,310 17,761 -53.2 --------------------- ------ ------ ---- ------- ------- ----- Total Truck 17,025 15,240 11.7 207,229 303,076 -31.6 --------------------- ------ ------ ---- ------- ------- ----- North American produced 39,249 28,653 37.0 474,981 642,104 -26.0 --------------------- ------ ------ ---- ------- ------- ----- Car 31,249 23,076 35.4 385,467 470,105 -18.0 --------------------- ------ ------ ---- ------- ------- ----- Truck 8,000 5,577 43.4 89,514 171,999 -48.0 --------------------- ------ ------ ---- ------- ------- ----- Import 11,395 10,321 10.4 149,737 142,428 5.1 --------------------- ------ ------ ---- ------- ------- ----- Car 2,370 658 260.2 32,022 11,351 182.1 --------------------- ------ ------ ---- ------- ------- ----- Truck 9,025 9,663 -6.6 117,715 131,077 -10.2 --------------------- ------ ------ ---- ------- ------- -----

    INFINITI DIVISION -----------------

    November November Monthly CYTD CYTD CYTD -------- -------- ------- ---- ---- ---- 2009 2008 % chg 2009 2008 % chg ---- ---- ----- ---- ---- -----

    Infiniti Division Total 5,644 7,631 -26.0 71,981 104,717 -31.3 ----------------------- ----- ----- ----- ------ ------- ----- G Sedan 2,102 3,495 -39.9 28,816 41,040 -29.8 ----------------------- ----- ----- ----- ------ ------- ----- G Coupe 1,186 962 23.3 13,191 18,159 -27.4 ----------------------- ----- ----- ----- ------ ------- ----- M 416 1,186 -64.9 7,693 14,424 -46.7 ----------------------- ----- ----- ----- ------ ------- ----- QX56 534 496 7.7 5,304 7,285 -27.2 ----------------------- ----- ----- ----- ------ ------- ----- EX 630 809 -22.1 7,049 11,996 -41.2 ----------------------- ----- ----- ----- ------ ------- ----- FX 776 683 13.6 9,928 11,813 -16.0 ----------------------- ----- ----- ----- ------ ------- ----- Total Car 3,704 5,643 -34.4 49,700 73,623 -32.5 ----------------------- ----- ----- ----- ------ ------- ----- Total Truck 1,940 1,988 -2.4 22,281 31,094 -28.3 ----------------------- ----- ----- ----- ------ ------- -----

    NISSAN & INFINITI -----------------

    November November Monthly CYTD CYTD CYTD -------- -------- ------- ---- ---- ---- 2009 2008 % chg 2009 2008 % chg ---- ---- ----- ---- ---- -----

    TOTAL VEHICLE 56,288 46,605 20.8 696,699 889,249 -21.7 ------------- ------ ------ ---- ------- ------- ----- Total Car 37,323 29,377 27.0 467,189 555,079 -15.8 ------------- ------ ------ ---- ------- ------- ----- Total Truck 18,965 17,228 10.1 229,510 334,170 -31.3 ------------- ------ ------ ---- ------- ------- ----- Selling days 23 25 280 282 ------------- ------ ------ ---- ------- ------- -----

    * All numbers include Hawaii

    Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080506/NISSANWORDMARKLOGO Nissan North America, Inc.

    CONTACT: Fred Standish of Nissan North America, +1-615-725-5946

    Web Site: http://www.nissanusa.com/

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