Merrill Lynch Returns To First Call Fold After Customers Request Firm's Research

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Reversing a previous decision to pull its research from Thomson Financial Network Inc.'s First Call research distribution service, Merrill Lynch & Co. this week began making its equity research notes available to institutional clients via First Call's network. "Customers' request" was cited by both Merrill and First Call as the reason for the renewed agreement.

The agreement ends close to a year of wrangling over the contractual issues that led to Merrill's withdrawal from First Call last sp

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