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Hunter Keay Joins Wolfe Trahan & Co.

Airline Analyst Joins Leading Independent Firm


New York, NY Wolfe Trahan & Co., a premier investment research boutique, announced today that Hunter Keay has joined the firm as a Director and Senior Analyst covering the Airline sector. Mr. Keay was recently voted one of Wall Streets Best Up And Comers on the 2010 Institutional Investor magazine AllAmerica Research Team, and No. 1 in Airlines for stock picking in 2010 by StarMine (preliminary results). Wolfe Trahan & Co., founded in 2008 by former Bear Stearns & Co., Inc. Senior Analyst Ed Wolfe, has established a reputation for superior transportation and macro research.


Commenting on the hire, Mr. Wolfe said, Having known or interviewed most of the top analysts in the Airline sector, I am convinced that Hunters detailed and honest research, focused solely on the U.S. carriers, positions him well to become the research authority in this once again burgeoning group of stocks. Moreover, we are pairing him with one of our top young transport associates, Jared Shojaian, whose prior industry experience as a financial analyst with AMR should allow Hunter to hit the ground running as he seeks to launch his airline coverage at Wolfe Trahan in late March." Wolfe further noted, Our firm believes that over the next five years, the buy side will increasingly view the airlines as an investable space, encouraged by ongoing industry restructuring, and we think it is important to our transport franchise that we make a major commitment to the sector. Airline equities may well demonstrate the kind of evolution we witnessed with the freight transport stocks over the past decade, as they gradually found and asserted pricing power."


Mr. Keay was formerly a Senior Airline Analyst at Stifel Nicolaus. Prior to that, Mr. Keay served as an Associate in the Aerospace & Defense sector at both Stifel and its predecessor, Legg Mason. He worked as a consultant in IBMs Aerospace and Defense practice and also for PricewaterhouseCoopers before embarking on his Wall Street career. Mr. Keay received a bachelors degree in business management/finance from Bucknell University, and is a CFA charterholder.


Stated Mr. Keay, "I love researching and writing on the airlines, which I consider a constantly-changing sector full of investment opportunities and challenges. Wolfe Trahans unparalleled knowledge, focus, and reputation in the transport sector make it the natural platform for me to reach the next level of my career. I am excited, and cannot wait to launch coverage and begin to market to clients again."


About Wolfe Trahan & Co.

Wolfe Trahan & Co., a premier investment research boutique with approximately 35 employees, was founded in 2008 by Ed Wolfe after a distinguished ten-year career at Bear, Stearns & Co., Inc. While at Bear Stearns, Mr. Wolfe was a Senior Managing Director in the equity research department, where he directed a team that covered the Airfreight & Surface Transportation sectors. In 2010, Mr. Wolfe was voted to Institutional Investor magazines prestigious AllAmerica Research Team for the eleventh consecutive year, including eight years in the No. 1 spot. He also has placed on the first team in Alphas Hedge Fund ranking of U.S. Equity Research Analysts for the past seven years in a row. In June 2007, Forbes Magazine, in conjunction with StarMine, named Mr. Wolfe the most consistent stock picker and earnings estimator for U.S. stocks over the past five years, placing him above all 3,400 analysts on Wall Street.


In February 2010, Franois Trahan joined thenWolfe Research as Vice Chairman and Chief Investment Strategist. Along with his talented team, Mr. Trahan heads up Wolfe Trahans Portfolio Strategy and Quantitative Research products. Mr. Trahan was formerly an Executive Managing Director and Chief Investment Strategist at International Strategy and Investment Group (ISI), as well as head of ISIs Quantitative Research Team. Institutional Investor magazine ranked him top portfolio strategist for the past three years and for five of the past six. In 2010, Mr. Trahan also ranked second in the quantitative research category. He joined ISI from Bear Stearns, where he served as a Senior Managing Director and Chief Investment Strategist for four years.


Wolfe Trahan services its institutional clients with unparalleled energy and a commitment to provide an edge in the marketplace through experience, hard work, and unsurpassed industry contacts. The firm focuses on transportation and macro research but plans to expand into additional industry groups over time.


On May 2526, Wolfe Trahan will host its Fourth Annual Global Transportation Conference at the Fordham Law School at Lincoln Center in New York City. This years conference will include passenger airlines for the first time.


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