For Immediate Release

Chicago, IL – August 6, 2009 – announces the list of stocks featured in the Analyst Blog. Every day the Zacks Equity Research analysts discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and the financial markets. Stocks recently featured in the blog include: Freddie Mac (FRE), J.P. Morgan Chase (JPM), Barclays Capital, Inc. (BCS), Deutsche Bank Securities, Inc. (DB) and International Business Machines (IBM).

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Here are highlights from Wednesday’s Analyst Blog:

Freddie Mac Issues 3-yr Notes

Freddie Mac (FRE) announced its plans to issue a new series of 3-year Reference Notes that will be due September 21, 2012. The issue will be priced today and will settle tomorrow at a benchmark size. The company refrained from disclosing the size of the issue.

J.P. Morgan Chase (JPM), Barclays Capital, Inc. (BCS), Deutsche Bank Securities, Inc. (DB) have been appointed as dealers and managers to the sale. The company also plans to apply to list the security on the Euro MTF market of the Luxembourg Stock Exchange.

Freddie Mac has been among the hardest hit financial firms by the housing slump, credit crisis and ongoing recession. We do foresee the current expansion of the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) to bring down losses from foreclosures in the upcoming quarters.

IBM Drives on Analytics

In a recent press release, International Business Machines (IBM) announced the launch of its Analytics solution center in China. IBM is trying to address the need for growing analytics capabilities and help its clients strengthen their business systems, which will in turn enhance their decision making capability.

The new analytics center located in Beijing, China will gather experts from analytics and optimization, mathematics modeling, software engineering and architecture research and consulting departments of IBM. The company has selected China, as the country is a global center for economic development and has a good talent pool of professionals, essential for the analytics solution center.

This solution center will support IBM’s clients in the Greater China region, and resolve business problems relating to hardware, software, consulting services and research. It will also focus on supply chain management, water management, transportation and traffic management issues.

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