Despite First Call Exclusives, Multex Still A Contender

VENDOR STRATEGIES

Thomson Financial Services Inc.'s First Call Corp. announced June 7 that J.P. Morgan Securities Inc. had agreed to distribute its research reports exclusively through the vendor's new Research Direct graphical delivery service, bringing to eight the number of exclusive contributors the vendor has announced in the last two months. Despite First Call's sudden show of strength, most sources say the vendor's nearest full-text rival, Multex Systems Inc., is still a viable contender.

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