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U.S. Bancorp Piper Jaffray Adds Fixed Income REITs Research Coverage --

Stephen Manaker Joins as REITs Research Analyst

MINNEAPOLIS, Oct. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- U.S. Bancorp Piper Jaffray (Piper Jaffray) today expanded its fixed income research platform to include coverage of real estate investment trusts (REITs).  The firm is pleased to announce that Steve Manaker has joined the Fixed Income Capital Markets Division as a research analyst covering the REIT industry.  He will be located in the firm's New York office in the Chrysler Building.

Prior to joining U.S. Bancorp Piper Jaffray, Stephen was a research analyst covering REITs at Bear Stearns & Co., Inc., in New York for 18 months. He also spent three years covering REITs at CIBC Oppenheimer & Co., Inc., also based in New York.

We are thrilled to have Stephen join our research department, said Joel Denney, director of fixed income research.  Stephen has tremendous experience in the REIT sector and will be a welcomed addition to our fixed income research team.  The REIT sector represents an important addition to our current fixed income coverage in the aircraft finance, energy and telecommunications sectors and reinforces our commitment to providing the most valuable in-depth research coverage on the Street.

Manaker holds a bachelor of arts degree in history with a minor in Russian language and literature from Binghamton University in Binghamton, N.Y., a master of arts in history from the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pa., and a master of science in real estate from New York University in New York.  He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

I look forward to starting research coverage of the REIT industry and expanding the already established and talented research team, said Manaker. There are tremendous opportunities within the REIT space and I am excited to bring my background and knowledge of the industry to Piper Jaffray.

U.S. Bancorp Piper Jaffray, a subsidiary of Minneapolis-based

U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB), is a focused securities firm comprised of three divisions: Equity Capital Markets, Fixed Income Capital Markets and Private Advisory Services.  The firm provides a full range of investment products and services to individuals, institutions and businesses.  The firm has over
120 offices in 23 states across the country.  The Equity Capital Markets Division focuses on the needs of growth companies in the health care, technology, financial institutions, consumer and communications growth sectors.  The firm has a national reputation for its expertise in fundamental research and equity and debt financing.  The Fixed Income Capital Markets business provides bond issuers, individual investors and institutional investors expertise in investment banking, underwriting, trading, sales and research.  The firm offers innovative solutions in corporate and government debt financings with particular expertise in corporate, health care/hospitals, real estate, higher education and government debt.  The Private Advisory Services division financial advisors provide guidance in retirement planning, education planning, estate planning and wealth accumulation.  Investors select from a wide array of products, including fee-based products, stocks, bonds, mutual funds, annuities, insurance and trust services.  U.S. Bancorp offers a comprehensive range of financial solutions through U.S. Bank, U.S. Bancorp Asset Management, U.S. Bancorp Investments and U.S. Bancorp Piper Jaffray. Securities products and services offered through U.S. Bancorp Piper Jaffray, Inc., member SIPC and NYSE, Inc., a subsidiary of U.S.Bancorp.  For more information on U.S. Bancorp Piper Jaffray, visit www.piperjaffray.com . Non-deposit investment products are not insured by the FDIC, are not deposits or other obligations of or guaranteed by U.S. Bank National Association or its affiliates, and involve investment risks, including possible loss of the principal amount invested.

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