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May 22, 2012

WSJs Best on the Street Analyst Awards

Two Stephens Inc. equity research analysts were named among the nation’s best in The Wall Street Journal’s 2011 Best on the Street survey.

Farha Aslam ranked first in the food & tobacco category out of 39 candidates; Chris Cooley ranked third in medical equipment & supplies category out of 95 candidates.

“We are very pleased that Farha and Chris have been recognized by The Wall Street Journal for their stock picking abilities,” said Nik Fisken, EVP and Director of Equity Research at Stephens. “These accolades exemplify the commitment and expertise our 60+ member research department brings to clients.”

This is the first time that Ms. Aslam, Stephens’ senior food analyst, has appeared on the Best on the Street survey. Ms. Aslam has been previously recognized for her earnings estimation in food products in the Financial Times/StarMine Analyst Awards. She joined Stephens Inc. in December 2004 and currently leads the firm’s food and agribusiness equity research coverage out of the New York office. Prior to joining Stephens, Ms. Aslam was part of Merrill Lynch’s equity research efforts, where she worked on such companies as Kellogg, Kraft Foods, and the J.M. Smucker Company. Ms. Aslam received a B.A. from the University of California and an MBA in finance from Columbia University.

Mr. Cooley joined Stephens' Little Rock office in July 2010 as a Managing Director focusing on the medical device and hospital supply sector. He was top ranked for stock selection by both The Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times/StarMine for his work in the sector during 2009. Additionally, he has received votes in the Institutional Investor All-Star annual survey. Previously Mr. Cooley worked in the research department of FTN Equity Capital Markets as an analyst specializing in medical devices and hospital supplies. Mr. Cooley received an MBA in finance and operations management from the University of Tennessee and a B.S. in economics from the University of Arkansas.

The 20th Annual "Best on the Street" survey identifies the top three stock pickers in each of 44 industry groups, based on the analysts' stock-picking skill in 2011. The recommendations on which the rankings are based typically were collected throughout the year by FactSet Research Systems Inc. as part of its business of disseminating and analyzing brokerage-house research.

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