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STIFEL FINANCIAL CORPORATION (SF)
Stifel Financial Corp., through its subsidiaries, offers securities-related financial services in the United States. It operates through three segments: Private Client Group, Equity Capital Markets, and Fixed Income Capital Markets. The Private Client Group segment provides securities brokerage services, including the sale of equities, mutual funds, fixed income products, and insurance, to its private clients. The Equity Capital Markets segment's operations include corporate finance management and participation in underwritings, mergers and acquisitions, institutional sales, trading, research, and market making. The Fixed Income Capital Markets segment's activities include public finance, institutional sales, and competitive underwriting, and trading. The company's customers include individuals, corporations, municipalities, and institutions. Stifel Financial is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri.
GABELLI ASSET MANAGEMENT INC (GBL)
GAMCO Investors, Inc. operates as a diversified asset manager and financial services company. The company, through its subsidiaries, provides investment advisory and brokerage services to mutual funds, institutional and high net worth investors, and investment partnerships principally in the United States. It manages assets in private advisory accounts, mutual funds and closed-end funds, and partnerships and offshore funds. It also offers institutional research services to institutional clients and investment partnerships; manages assets on a discretionary basis; and invests in the United States and international securities through various investment styles. Additionally, the company serves as an underwriter and distributor of its open-end mutual funds. The company, formerly known as Gabelli Asset Management, Inc., was founded in 1976 and changed its name to GAMCO Investors, Inc. in August 2005. GAMCO is headquartered in Rye, New York.
GFI Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides brokerage services to institutional clients in cash and derivatives markets for various credit, financial, equity, and commodity instruments. It offers brokerage services for various credit derivative products, including single-entity credit default swaps, emerging market credit default swaps, credit indices, options on single-entity credit default swaps, options on credit indices, and credit index tranches. The company also offers brokerage services for various nonderivative credit instruments, such as investment grade corporate bonds, high yield corporate bonds, emerging market Eurobonds, bank capital preferred shares, asset-backed bonds, and floating rate notes. GFI Group offers brokerage services in various financial instruments, including foreign exchange options, exotic options, and interest rate swaps. Exotic options include nonstandard options on foreign currencies, forward contracts, and nondeliverable forward contracts. The company provides brokerage services for equity products, including the U.S. equity, international equity, equity derivatives, GDR, and ADR stocks. Its brokerage services for commodity products include electricity, wet freight derivatives, precious metals, coal, natural gas, weather derivatives, and pulp and paper. The company also offers hybrid brokerage services by combining telephonic and electronic trade execution services. GFI Group also provides market data and analytics products for building pricing models, developing trading strategies, and to manage, price, and revalue derivative portfolios. It provides its services to institutional clients, including commercial and investment banks, insurance companies, and hedge funds primarily in New York, London, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Sydney. GFI Group was founded by Michael Gooch in 1987. The company is headquartered in New York City. GFI Group, Inc. operates as a majority owned subsidiary of Jersey Partners, Inc.
OPPENHEIMER HOLDINGS INC (OPY)
Oppenheimer Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates in the financial services industry in the United States, as well as in Venezuela and Argentina. Its services include retail securities brokerage, institutional sales and trading, investment banking (both corporate and public finance), research, market-making, and investment advisory and asset management services. The company offers various products, including acquisition financing; private placements and public offerings of debt and equity securities; debt refinancing; restructuring; merger and acquisition, and sales advice; structured financings; and securitizations. It also offers online discount brokerage and dollar-based investing services. In addition, Oppenheimer Holdings involves in the origination, processing, underwriting, closing, securitizing, and servicing of FHA mortgage loans. The company, formerly known as Goldale Investments Limited, was incorporated in 1977. Subsequently, it changed its name E.A. Viner Holdings Limited and to Fahnestock Viner Holdings, Inc. Oppenheimer Holdings is based in Toronto, Canada.
BlackRock, Inc. operates as an investment management company in the United States. Its products include fixed income, cash management, equity, and alternative investment separate accounts and mutual funds, including its BlackRock Funds and BlackRock Liquidity Funds. The company also offers risk management, investment analytics, and investment system services to institutional investors through its BlackRock Solutions product line. It has offices in New York City; San Francisco, California; Boston, Massachusetts; Wilmington, Delaware; Hong Kong; Singapore; Tokyo, Japan; and Edinburgh, Scotland. The company was formed in 1998 and is headquartered in New York City. BlackRock, Inc. is a majority owned subsidiary of The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc., as of March 1, 2005.
UNITED STATES OIL FUND LP (USO)
The investment seeks to reflect the performance, less expenses, of the spot price of West Texas Intermediate (WTI) light, sweet crude oil. The fund will invest in futures contracts for WTI light, sweet crude oil, other types of crude oil, heating oil, gasoline, natural gas and other petroleum based-fuels that are traded on exchanges. It may also invest in other oil interests such as cash-settled options on oil futures contracts, forward contracts for oil, and OTC transactions that are based on the price of oil. The fund is nondiversified.
DIAMOND HILL INVESTMENT GROUP INC (DHIL)
Diamond Hill Investment Group, Inc., through its wholly owned subsidiary, Diamond Hill Capital Management, Inc., operates as an investment adviser in the United States. The company provides investment management services primarily to a series of open-end mutual funds, individuals, and institutions. The company was incorporated in 1990 and is based in Columbus, Ohio.
RAYMOND JAMES FINANCIAL INC (RJF)
Raymond James Financial, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides various financial services to individuals, corporations, and municipalities in the United States. The company operates in seven segments: Private Client Group, Capital Markets, Asset Management, RJBank, Emerging Markets, Stock Loan/Borrow, and Other segment. The Private Client Group segment provides securities transaction and financial planning services in the United Kingdom; the Capital Markets segment offers equity and fixed income products and services, such as institutional sales, equity research, equity trading, equity investment banking, fixed income investment banking, fixed income trading, and other services ; and the Asset Management segment offers asset management operations, mutual funds, various proprietary hedge funds, nonaffiliated private account portfolio management alternatives, and other fee based programs. The RJBank segment provides residential, consumer, and commercial loans, as well as FDIC-insured deposit accounts to broker-dealer subsidiaries and to the general public; the Emerging Markets segment operate in securities brokerage, investment banking, and asset management business; the Stock Loan/Borrow segment engages in borrowing and lending securities from and to other broker-dealers, financial institutions, and other counterparties; and the Other segment offers various investment activities. The company also offers various services, including the underwriting, distribution, trading, and brokerage of equity and debt securities; and the sale of mutual funds and other investment products. In addition, it provides investment management services for retail and institutional clients, and banking and trust services. Raymond James Financial was founded in 1962 and is headquartered in St. Petersburg, Florida.
WADDELL & REED FINANCIAL INC (WDR)
Waddell & Reed Financial, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides investment management and financial planning services in the United States. It offers investment management, investment product underwriting and distribution, and shareholder services to funds, as well as institutional and separately managed accounts. In addition to investment management services for the funds, it also acts as an investment adviser for institutional and other private investors, as well as provides subadvisory services to other investment companies. The company also offers variable annuity, retirement, and life insurance products underwritten by Nationwide and Minnesota Life. As of December 31, 2004, the company operated as an underwriter and distributor of 69 registered open-end mutual fund portfolios, including 21 portfolios in the Advisors Funds family, 27 portfolios in the Ivy Funds families, 18 portfolios in the Target Funds family, and 3 portfolios in InvestEd. The company has strategic alliance with Securian Financial Group, Inc. Waddell & Reed Financial was founded in 1937 and is based in Overland Park, Kansas.
Greenhill & Co., Inc., an independent investment banking company, provides financial advice on mergers, acquisitions, restructurings, and corporate finance matters worldwide. It also manages merchant banking funds and commits capital to those funds. The company's merchant banking fund management activities include management of Greenhill's merchant banking funds and investments by Greenhill in those funds. The company was founded by Robert F. Greenhill in 1996. Greenhill is headquartered in New York City.
eSpeed, Inc. engages in the development and deployment of electronic marketplaces for the trading of financial and nonfinancial products. It provides an array of financial technology products, which assist clients in managing market risk, as well as operates various buyer and seller electronic marketplaces for the global capital markets, including the government bond markets, foreign exchange markets, and other financial marketplaces. The company also offers electronic marketplace end-to-end solution that includes real-time and auction-based transaction processing, credit and risk management tools, and back-end processing and billing systems, through its privately managed high-speed data network and Internet. In addition, eSpeed provides reliable network platform that offers processing solutions for fixed income and foreign exchange trading firms, exchanges, and equities trading firms worldwide. The company also licenses software to clients, which enables them to distribute their products through online offerings and auctions, including private and reverse auctions; and request-for-quote capabilities. Its clients in financial markets include banks, dealers, brokers, professional trading firms, futures commission merchants and other professional market participants, and other financial institutions in North America, Europe, and Asia. The company was incorporated in 1999 and is headquartered in New York City. eSpeed, Inc. is a subsidiary of Cantor Fitzgerald Securities, as of December 31, 2004.
INVESTMENT TECHNOLOGY GROUP INC (ITG)
Investment Technology Group, Inc. provides technology-based equity trading and transaction research services to institutional investors. It offers a range of products and trading execution services, such as POSIT, an electronic stock crossing system; TriAct, a continuous intraday trading vehicle; electronic trading desk, an agency trading desk, that enables clients to access various sources of liquidity; and SmartServers algorithmic systems, which implement automated server-based trading strategies. The company's client-site trading products include Triton, a windows-based decision-support, trade management, and order routing system; Radical, a windows-based trading platform targeted for the active trading community; Channel ITG, an integrated link to the trade blotters of popular trade order management systems; QuantEX, an Unix-based decision support, trade management, and order routing system; ITG Platform, a windows-based order routing and trade management system; and ITG WebAccess, a browser-based order routing tool. Its analytical products and research products include an integrated suite of tools that enable clients to measure, analyze, and control the cost of trading. The company offers its services to institutional investors, brokers, money managers, and alternative investment funds, and money managers in the United States. It also operates its brokerage businesses in Australia, Canada, Europe, and Hong Kong, as well as a research facility in Israel. Investment Technology Group was formed in 1983 and is headquartered in New York City.
JEFFERIES GROUP INC (JEF)
Jefferies Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries offer investment banking and institutional securities services to small and mid-cap companies worldwide. Its investment banking services include acquisition financing, bridge and senior loan financing, private placements and public offerings of debt and equity securities, debt refinancing, restructuring, merger and acquisitions, structured financing and securitization, consent and waiver solicitation, and company and bondholder representations in corporate restructuring. The company also executes transactions in equity securities, high yield securities, convertible securities, American depositary receipts, options, preferred stocks, financial futures, and other similar products, as well as provides research and asset management services to institutional investors. In addition, Jefferies Group offers correspondent clearing, prime brokerage, private client services, and securities lending services. Its customers include investment advisors, banks, mutual funds, insurance companies, hedge funds, and pension and profit sharing plans. The company was founded in 1962 and is headquartered in New York City.
Legg Mason, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides asset management, securities brokerage, investment banking, and related financial services to individuals, institutions, corporations, and municipalities primarily in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Singapore. It operates through three segments: Asset Management, Private Client, and Capital Markets segments. The Asset Management segment engages in providing investment advisory services to proprietary mutual and closed-end funds, and the proprietary funds operations of the company's other asset managers. This segment also provides asset management services for institutional customers, as well as for high net worth individuals and family groups, and endowments. The Private Client segment distributes various financial products, including equity and fixed income securities, proprietary and nonaffiliated mutual funds, and annuities. The Capital Markets segment consists of equity and fixed income institutional sales and trading, investment banking, syndicate, structured products, and research. The company provides its services through retail sales network, brokers, and dealers. Legg Mason was founded in 1899 and is headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland.
KENT FINANCIAL SERVICES INC (KENT)
Kent Financial Services, Inc. operates as an investment company. Through its subsidiary, Asset Value Fund Limited Partnership (AVF), it invests in companies, whose securities are considered undervalued by the partnership's management. The company also provides investment advisory and management services. As of June 30, 2004, AVF owned 50.06% of Cortech, Inc.; 37% of General Devices, Inc.; 10% of Dewey Electronics Corp.; and 5% of GolfRounds.com, Inc. Kent Financial Services is based in Bedminster, New Jersey.
SWS Group, Inc. provides investment, commercial banking, and related financial services to individual, corporate and institutional investors, broker/dealers, governmental entities, and financial intermediaries. The company operates through three segments: Brokerage, Banking, and Asset Management. The Brokerage segment provides clearing services to correspondent brokers/dealers, registered investment advisors, and independent registered representatives in the United States and Europe, as well as offers brokerage services to individual and institutional investors. Its clearing services include maintaining accounts, processing securities transactions, extending margin loans, and performing various administrative services. This segment also offers customer financing; securities lending activities; investment banking, underwriting, and public finance; market making activities; research activities; and insurance services. The Banking segment offers various banking services in Texas, including certificates of deposit, checking and savings accounts, interim construction lending, short term funding for mortgage bankers, and commercial loans, as well as originates commercial loans and purchases loans for investment. The Asset Management segment provides asset management services through administering Local Government Investment Cooperative fund for cities, counties, schools, and local governments in Texas. SWS Group was incorporated in 1972 and is headquartered in Dallas, Texas.
KNIGHT CAPITAL GROUP INC (NITE)
Knight Capital Group, Inc. provides trade execution services in cash equities to institutions and broker dealers, as well as asset management services for institutions and high net worth individuals in the United States. It operates in two segments, Asset Management and Equity Markets. The Asset Management segment operates as the investment manager and sponsor of certain hedge funds. It offers its services to institutions, funds-of-funds, pension plan sponsors, trusts, endowments, and high-net-worth individuals. The Equity Markets segment provides various products and services to broker-dealers and institutions. It offers market-making and trade execution services to broker-dealer clients. Its institutional product offerings include trade execution services, listed block trading, program trading, international equities, special situations/risk arbitrage, soft dollar and commission recapture programs, and corporate services. Its offers its products and services to mutual funds, pension plans, plan sponsors, hedge funds, trusts, and endowments, as well as online brokers. The company was founded in 1995 under the name Knight/Trimark Group, Inc. It changed its name to Knight Trading Group, Inc. in May 2000 and to Knight Capital Group, Inc. in May 2005. Knight Capital Group is headquartered in Jersey City, New Jersey.
FRIEDMAN BILLINGS RAMSEY GROUP INC (FBR)
Friedman, Billings, Ramsey Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides investment banking, institutional brokerage, and asset management services primarily in the United States and Europe. It operates in three segments: Principal Investing, Capital Markets, and Asset Management. The company's Principal Investing segment invests in mortgage-backed securities, as well as in equity securities, mezzanine debt, and senior loans, including nonreal estate-related assets. The Capital Market segment provides investment banking, institutional brokerage products, and asset management services to various industry sectors, including financial services, real estate, technology, healthcare, energy, and consumer goods. Its investment banking services include capital raising services, mergers and acquisitions, restructuring, and other advisory services. This segment's institutional brokerage products and services comprise provision of research, institutional sales, and trading services to equity and high-yield investors; online brokerage services, such as trades, quotes, and news; research on common and preferred stocks, high-yield bonds, and mortgage-backed and asset-backed bonds; and online access to a mutual fund supermarket with approximately 8,000 funds. The Asset Management segment manages various funds, including private equity and venture capital funds, hedge funds, and mutual funds. The company qualifies as a real estate investment trust and would not be subject to federal income tax, provided that it distributes at least 90% of taxable income to its shareholders. Friedman, Billings, Ramsey Group was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in Arlington, Virginia.
LABRANCHE & CO. INC (LAB)
LaBranche & Co, Inc. operates as the holding company for LaBranche & Co., LLC (LaBranche); LaBranche Financial Services, Inc. (LFSI); and LaBranche Structured Products, LLC (LSP). LaBranche, a registered broker-dealer, operates as a specialist in equity securities and rights listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and in equity securities on the American Stock Exchange (AMEX). LFSI, a registered broker-dealer and a member of the NYSE and other exchanges, provides securities clearing, securities execution, and other related services to its own individual customers; customers of introducing brokers; and institutional customers, including traders, professional investors, and broker-dealers. It also provides direct-access floor brokerage services to institutional customers. LSP, a registered broker-dealer, operates as a specialist in options, exchange-traded funds, and futures on the AMEX, the New York Board of Trade, and the Philadelphia Stock Exchange, as well as acts as a market-marker on several exchanges. The company operates as a specialist for approximately 600 companies and 200 options. Its listed companies operate in financial services, media, oil and gas, retail, technology, and telecommunications industries. The company was co-founded by George M.L. LaBranche and George M.L. LaBranche Jr. in 1924. LaBranche & Co is based in New York City.
EMPIRE FINANCIAL HOLDING COMPANY (EFH)
Empire Financial Holding Company, through its subsidiaries, provides securities brokerage and asset management services in the United States. It provides financial brokerage services to individuals and small to mid-sized institutions, such as banks, credit unions, hedge funds, money managers, mutual funds, and pension funds; and offers fee-based investment advisory services to independent registered investment advisors and unaffiliated broker dealers. The company also provides market making and order execution services, discount retail brokerage, and investment advisory services, as well as ancillary retail brokerage services, including market data and financial information, portfolio tracking and records management, cash management services, and account security services. Its customers include individual investors, independent registered representatives, unaffiliated broker dealers and institutional and wholesale customers. Empire Financial Holding Company was incorporated in 2000 and is based in Longwood, Florida.