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Roundtable Forum: Retail / Hardlines

STEVEN BAUMGARTEN, Assistant Vice President and Research Analyst, joined Parker/Hunter's Equity Research Department in July 1999. He was named a Zacks Investment Research All-Star Analyst for the retail industry in 2001. Before joining the firm for a second time, he worked at Prudential Securities, where he co-managed a portfolio of stocks using technical and quantitative models. During this time, he was a guest lecturer at the New York Institute of Finance. Prior to his three-year stint in New York he was a member of Parker/Hunter's Portfolio Management Department. As a teenager, he had numerous equity-related internships, including working on the American Stock Exchange Trading Floor. He received his MBA in Finance from the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh. He also attended the University of Pittsburgh for his undergraduate studies, where he received a BA in Economics and Business as well as a Certificate in Accounting. Profile
LAURA A. CHAMPINE joined Morgan Keegan in February 2000 as an Associate Analyst following telecom service providers. She was formerly employed in the marketing department of Cadence Capital Management in Boston for three years, and with Chase Asset Management in New York for one year prior to that. Ms. Champine received the CFA designation in 2001 and a Bachelor of Music degree from The Boston Conservatory in 1996. She currently follows the home furnishings and appliances industry for Morgan Keegan. Profile
TWST: Steve, how do you define hardline retailing?

Mr. Baumgarten: I define hardline retailing as the retailers that

sell nonapparel-type goods. Companies that I follow such as Home