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Piper Jaffray Chooses Morningstar As Lead Provider of Equity Research

Morningstar Will Provide its Entire Universe of 1,600 Rated Stocks

CHICAGO, Nov. 3, 2005 –Piper Jaffray & Co. has selected Morningstar, Inc. as its lead provider of equity research for its financial advisors. Piper Jaffray’s financial advisors now have access to Morningstar research on 1,600 stocks.

Morningstar already provides Piper Jaffray with research on approximately 390 stocks under terms of the Global Analyst Research Settlement reached in 2003 with federal and state regulators. These reports are offered to Piper Jaffray clients in conjunction with Piper Jaffray’s own in-house research. The additional 1,200 Morningstar Analyst Reports will provide Piper Jaffray’s advisors with stock analysis on securities that are not covered by Piper Jaffray’s in-house research staff.

“Piper Jaffray’s financial advisors have been using a portion of Morningstar Equity Research for the past year and recognize the value of thorough, independent analysis,” said Catherine Odelbo, president of securities research for Morningstar. “By expanding the universe of available research to include all 1,600 of Morningstar’s Analyst Reports, Piper Jaffray is providing its advisors with even more comprehensive and timely information. Such broad-reaching coverage will help them make the best decisions for their clients.”

About Morningstar, Inc.
Morningstar, Inc. is a leading provider of investment research in the United States and in major international markets. The company offers an extensive line of Internet, software, and print-based products and services for individuals, financial advisors, and institutional clients. Morningstar provides data on more than 125,000 investment offerings, including stocks, mutual funds, and similar vehicles. The company has operations in 16 countries.

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