Wedbush Securities “Three-peats,” Tops Barron’s–Zacks Stock Picking List for a Third Consecutive Time

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• Wedbush takes home third gold medal, “smokes its nearest competitor and the S&P's 36%” over 36-months • Wedbush Equity Research provides differentiated, insightful research and stock recommendations from more than 25 analysts covering technology, media, Internet, consumer products, life sciences, clean technology and industrial growth

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Wedbush Securities, one of the nation’s leading broker-dealers and award-winning equity research firms, was named first place in Barron’s–Zacks top stock pickers list winning the highest accolade in the 36-month performance period for a third successive time. The publication’s latest semi-annual survey (July 1, 2012 – December 31, 2012) notes that, “Wedbush accomplished a ‘three-peat,’ taking home the three-year gold medal for the third consecutive time, with a 73% return that smoked its nearest competitor and the S&P's 36%.”

“We’re pleased to once again be recognized by Barron’s for our hard work and commitment to providing our clients with the highest caliber research,” said Sheri Kaiserman, Head of Equities, Wedbush Securities. “The publication’s list is a well-respected, industry benchmark and we’re thrilled to be a part of it.”

“Our research department is comprised of over 25 publishing analysts generating timely, differentiated equity research that provides interesting investment ideas for the firm’s institutional and retail client base,” said Mark Benson, Director of Research, Wedbush Securities. “By offering insightful analyses supported by our extensive industry relationships and market survey resources, we are able to provide proprietary research that helps clients take informed action in their decision making process.”

In both previous Barron’s-Zacks six month survey periods (July 1, 2011 – December 31, 2011 and January 1, 2012 – June 30, 2012) Wedbush placed in the three top positions across the six, 12, and 36-month performance periods. In addition to Barron’s-Zacks, its team of analysts have repeatedly ranked among the industry’s leading performance surveys such as The Wall Street Journal’s “Best on the Street,” StarMine’s “Analyst Performance Survey,” Financial Times’ “Top Analysts” and Institutional Investor’s “Rising Stars of Wall Street Research.”

Wedbush Equity Research offers in-depth and differentiated research coverage of high information flow sectors across a wide-array of industries including consumer products, footwear, apparel, restaurants, enterprise software, gaming, e-commerce, Internet, media, social media, clean technology, environmental services, water, renewable energy, biotechnology, emerging pharmaceuticals, healthcare and more.

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About Wedbush Securities
Founded in 1955, Wedbush Securities is a leading investment firm that provides brokerage, clearing, investment banking, equity research, public finance, fixed income sales and trading, and asset management to individual, institutional and issuing clients. Headquartered in Los Angeles, with over 100 offices, the firm focuses on relentless service, client financial safety, continuity, and advanced technology. Wedbush Securities is the largest subsidiary of holding company WEDBUSH, Inc., which also includes affiliated firms Wedbush Bank, Wedbush Capital Partners, Wedbush Opportunity Partners, and Lime Brokerage LLC. Follow us on Twitter @Wedbush.

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