Stifel Ranks #2 in FT/StarMine World's Top Analysts Survey

Stifel Ranks #2 in FT/StarMine World's Top Analysts Survey 
ST. LOUIS, MO -- (Marketwired) -- 08/26/13 --  Stifel Financial Corp.
(NYSE: SF) is pleased to announce that it won a combined total of 20
awards in the twelfth annual FT/StarMine World's Top Analysts Survey.
Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated ("Stifel") tied for second
out of 350 qualifying firms with 17 awards, while Keefe, Bruyette &
Woods ("KBW"), a Stifel company, won three.  
Stifel has ranked in the survey's top five for the last eight years
and the top ten for twelve consecutive years. The firm ranks fifth in
total awards won since 2004 (figures include Legg Mason Capital
Markets, Ryan Beck, and Thomas Weisel Partners, which were acquired
by Stifel Financial Corp.). 
"Our performance in this year's FT/StarMine World's Top Analysts
Survey further solidifies our commitment to quality research and our
position as a leader in the industry," said Hugh Warns, Director of
Research at Stifel. "We strive to add value to our client
relationships by continuously enhancing our research offerings."  
In the earnings estimate category, Stifel's Rod Petrik was named the
#1 overall estimator among a field of approximately 4,000 analysts --
his second career #1 overall ranking. Stifel analysts also won eight
awards in their respective industries, including five #1 rankings: 


 
--  Robert Craig and Jerry Herman, #1 in Diversified Consumer Services
    (10-time award winners)
--  Christopher Growe, #1 in Tobacco (Five-time award winner)
--  Patrick Newton, #1 in Electronic Equipment & Instruments
--  Rod Petrik, #1 in Real Estate Investment Trusts (Four-time award
    winner)
--  Todd Weller, #1 in Software (Six-time award winner)
--  Christopher King, #2 in Diversified Telecommunication Services
    (Three-time award winner)
--  Bill Loomis, #3 in IT Services
--  Jeffrey Osborne, #3 in Electrical Equipment

  
In the stock-picking category, six Stifel analysts were recognized in
this year's survey: 


 
--  Christopher Growe, #2 in Tobacco (Two-time award winner)
--  Mark Swartzberg, #2 in Beverages (Five-time award winner)
--  Daniel Bernstein, #3 in Health Care Providers and Services
--  Chris Brendler, #3 in IT Services (Three-time award winner)
--  Patrick Newton, #3 in Electronic Equipment & Instruments
--  Shlomo Rosenbaum, #3 in Professional Services

  
In addition, Christopher Mutascio, formerly with Stifel and now with
KBW, earned the following honors: 


 
--  #2 overall estimator
--  #2 in earnings estimate accuracy in Commercial Banks (two-time award
    winner)

  
Three KBW analysts also won awards for earnings estimate accuracy:  


 
--  Frederick Cannon, #2 in Thrifts and Mortgage Finance (Three-time award
    winner)
--  Joel Jeffrey, #2 in Capital Markets (Two-time award winner)
--  Bose George, #3 in Real Estate Investment Trusts

  
KBW became a Stifel company in February 2013. 
The FT/StarMine World's Top Analysts Survey recognizes analysts who
have turned in exemplary performances either as earnings estimators
or stock pickers during calendar year 2012. In determining the
winners, StarMine identified the top three earnings estimators and
stock pickers in 69 industries, as well as the top ten earnings
estimators and stock pickers overall.  
Stifel's outstanding performance builds on its strong showing in The
Wall Street Journal's "Best on the Street" Analyst Survey for 2013,
announced in May. In that survey, three Stifel analysts won awards
for stock-picking: Daniel Bernstein, #2 in Health Care; Mark
Swartzberg, #2 in Beverages (four-time winner); and Joshua Barber, #2
in Real Estate. KBW's Bose George ranked #1 in Consumer & Specialty
Finance (two-time winner), and Jeffrey Schuman ranked #3 in
Insurance: Life (three-time winner). 
Stifel has ranked in the top 10 in the survey in each of the past
twelve years (including acquired firms). 
About Stifel Research 
 Stifel's equity research department is an
industry leader in terms of breadth and quality, following
significant investment over the last nine years. Stifel covers 976
companies across 11 industry groups and 69 sub-sectors, making it one
of the top 10 largest providers of U.S. equity research. Stifel is
also the third largest provider of U.S. small cap equity coverage and
the largest provider of U.S. equity coverage in technology, according
to StarMine. 
About KBW Research 
 KBW's equity research department is an industry
leader in specialized financial services. KBW covers 415 companies
across 18 sub-sectors, making it the largest provider of U.S. equity
research in financial institutions. KBW is also the fourth largest
provider of U.S. small cap equity coverage, according to StarMine. 
Stifel Company Information 
 Stifel Financial Corp. (NYSE: SF) is a
financial services holding company headquartered in St. Louis,
Missouri that conducts its banking, securities, and financial
services business through several wholly owned subsidiaries. Stifel
clients are served through Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated
in the U.S., through Stifel Nicolaus Canada Inc. in Canada, through
Stifel Nicolaus Europe Limited in the United Kingdom and Europe, and
through Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc. in the U.S. and Europe. The
Company's broker-dealer affiliates provide securities brokerage,
investment banking, trading, investment advisory, and related
financial services to individual investors, professional money
managers, businesses, and municipalities. Stifel Bank & Trust offers
a full range of consumer and commercial lending solutions. Stifel
Trust Company, N.A. offers trust and related services. To learn more
about Stifel, please visit the Company's web site at www.stifel.com. 
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