First Call Snags Merrill For Research Direct; Firm Was Jewel In Multex Crown

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In what the vendor is touting as a major coup, Thomson Financial Services Inc.'s First Call Corp. has signed Merrill Lynch & Co. as a nonexclusive contributor to Research Direct, its full-text graphical research delivery service. Merrill Lynch has also agreed to distribute its fixed-income research via First Call's Bondcall service, and has renewed its contract to contribute to the vendor's Morning Notes service. Separately, First Call has signed third-party distribution contracts for Resear

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