Banc of America Securities-Merrill Lynch Research Adds Two Strategists to Global Commodities Team

    LONDON, June 2 /CNW/ -- Banc of America Securities-Merrill Lynch Research
today announced the addition of two strategists to its Global Commodities
Research team. Michael Widmer joins to lead the research coverage effort in
metals markets and Tanapoom Damraks joins as a commodities strategist.

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    "These strategic hires confirm the commitment of Bank of America Merrill
Lynch to the substantial expansion of our global commodities business," said
Francisco Blanch, head of Banc of America Securities-Merrill Lynch Global
Commodities Research. "We are expanding our team to provide broader and deeper
commodities research for our clients."

    Widmer joins from BNP Paribas where he was Senior Metals Strategist.
Before BNP, Widmer was head of Metals Research at Lehman Brothers where he had
been responsible for building their base and precious metals research
franchise in fixed income. He is based in London and will report to Blanch.

    Widmer brings to this role in-depth industry expertise and a thorough
understanding of client needs having held a variety of senior commodities
positions, including head of Metals Research at Calyon Corporate and
Investment Bank, and Macquarie Bank, among others. He earned a dual MSc degree
in Finance/Economics and International Management from the University of
Cologne in Germany.

    Damraks will earn a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago in
June 2009. He also earned an M.S. in Economics from the University of Chicago,
an M.S. in Informatics from the University of Tokyo and a BEng in Electronic
Engineering from Chulalongkorn University in Thailand. Damraks is based in
London and will report to Blanch.

    The goal of the company is to be the premier global research franchise,
providing clients with exceptional service, value-added investment insights
and alpha-generating investment recommendations. Since January 2009, Banc of
America Securities-Merrill Lynch Global Research has hired seven analysts in
EMEA and an additional 32 analysts globally. The Research team provides
recommendations on nearly 3,000 equity securities and 850 corporate bond
issuers. The group also provides economic forecasts for approximately 60
countries and recommendations on 40 currencies.

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