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B. Riley & Co. Research Earns #1 Ranking for Accuracy of Buy, Sell Recommendations as 11th Annual Investor Conference Nears

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LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

B. Riley & Co., LLC (B. Riley), www.brileyco.com, a full service broker dealer providing research and trading ideas to institutional clients and high net worth individuals, and investment banking services to a wide range of middle market private and public companies, announced today that its Research Department again has earned #1 ranking from Integrity Research Associates for returns produced by its Buy and Sell research recommendations for Q1 2010.

The news comes as the company prepares for its 11th Annual Investor Conference, scheduled for May 24-26, 2010, which will feature a company lineup representative of B. Riley’s Research Universe.

Integrity Research, an independent firm which performs due diligence research on behalf of professional money managers, said in its report of April 14, 2010 that “B. Riley was the top performing research provider on the Investars platform, generating 117% return from its Buy recommendations and a further 39.6% from is sell recommendations.”

Integrity added that “B. Riley & Co. is no stranger to this top position, having been at the top of the performance leader board multiple times over the last several years.”

Integrity Research uses data from Investars; analysis and conclusions are those of Integrity. Integrity’s analysts cover over 1,600 research firms in the U.S., Europe and Asia. The full report can be viewed on:

http://www.integrity-research.com/cms/2010/04/14/q1-research-provider-performance/

“At a time when the market went through tremendous upheaval and uncertainty, our analysts made the right calls and guided our clients to better returns,” said Bryant Riley, Chairman. “It is especially gratifying to be at the top of the list for three straight years.”

B. Riley’s invitation-only conference will feature over 125 presenting companies with an average market cap of $280 million. The companies will represent the following industries: Technology, Commercial Banks, Apparel & Retail, Energy, Defense, Movies & Entertainment, Business Services, Personal/Leisure Products, Research & Consulting Services, Biotech, and Healthcare.

The partial list of conference sponsors includes: Pink OTC Markets Inc./OTCQX; Business Wire, a Berkshire Hathaway company; Addo Communications; BDO; Bingham McCutchen LLP; Capital IQ; CBIZ Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C.; RR Donnelly Financial Printers; Ellenoff Grossman & Schole LLP; Holme Roberts & Owen LLP; Loeb & Loeb LLP; Olshan Grundman Frome Rosenzweig & Wolosky LLP; Rothstein Kass & Co.; the Toronto Stock Exchange & TSX Venture Exchange and Vintage Filings, Inc.

Media sponsors include DealFlow Media and Equities Magazine.

For more information on the conference, the most current list of presenting companies, or registration information, contact your B. Riley & Co. representative or visit www.brileyco.com.

ABOUT B. RILEY & CO.

B. Riley & Co. is a leading independent investment bank which provides a full array of corporate finance, research, sales, trading and OTCQX DAD services to corporate, institutional and high net worth individual clients. Investment banking services include merger and acquisitions advisory to public and private middle market companies, initial and secondary public offerings and institutional private placements. The firm is recognized for its distinguished Equity Research. Its Corporate Governance Advisory Services Group is engaged by both companies and investors to help maximize value for shareholders. Founded in 1997, the firm is headquartered in Los Angeles and maintains offices in Newport Beach, San Francisco, Philadelphia, and New York. It is a member of FINRA and SIPC. For more information, please visit www.brileyco.com.

List of Presenting Companies as of the date of this release (subject to change):

8x8 Inc. (EGHT)
Acacia Research Corporation (ACTG)
Accelrys Inc. (ACCL)
Actuate Corp. (ACTU)
Advanced Cell Technology Inc. (ACTC)
Aethlon Medical Inc. (AEMD)
Aldila, Inc. (ALDA)
Alliance Fiber Optic Products Inc. (AFOP)
American Software, Inc. (AMSWA)
American Vanguard Corp. (AVD)
Amtech Systems (ASYS)
Autobytel Inc. (ABTL)
Bank of the Ozarks, Inc. (OZRK)
Big 5 Sporting Goods Corp. (BGFV)
BofI Holding Inc. (BOFI)
BSQUARE Corp. (BSQR)
Cache Inc. (CACH)
CalAmp Corp. (CAMP)
Callidus Software Inc. (CALD)
Casual Male Retail Group, Inc. (CMRG)
Cathay General Bancorp (CATY)
Center Financial Corporation (CLFC)
Churchill Corp. (CUQ)
Collectors Universe Inc. (CLCT)
CombiMatrix Corporation (CBMX)
Computer Task Group Inc. (CTGX)
CoStar Group Inc. (CSGP)
CPI Aerostructures Inc. (CVU)
Craftmade International Inc. (CRFT)
Data I/O Corporation (DAIO)
DDI Corp. (DDIC)
Diamond Management & Technology Consultants, Inc. (DTPI)
Digirad Corp. (DRAD)
DIRECTV Group, Inc. (DTV)
DTS Inc. (DTSI)
Dynamics Research Corp. (DRCO)
EarthLink Inc. (ELNK)
East West Bancorp Inc. (EWBC)
Electro Scientific Industries Inc. (ESIO)
eMagin Corp. (EMAN)
Epicor Software Corporation (EPIC)
Evolving Systems Inc. (EVOL)
Exar Corp. (EXAR)
EXFO Inc. (EXFO)
Exponent Inc. (EXPO)
Flanders Corporation (FLDR)
Flint Energy Services Ltd. (FES)
Global Axcess Corp. (GAXC)
Globe Specialty Metals, Inc. (GSM)
GP Strategies Corp. (GPX)
Great American Group, Inc. (GAMR)
Harmonic, Inc. (HLIT)
Hill International, Inc. (HIL)
Hot Topic Inc. (HOTT)
II-VI Inc. (IIVI)
Integrated Silicon Solution Inc. (ISSI)
Iteris, Inc. (ITI)
Ixia (XXIA)
K-Swiss Inc. (KSWS)
Keynote Systems Inc. (KEYN)
Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. (KTOS)
L & L Energy, Inc. (LLEN)
Landec Corp. (LNDC)
Learning Tree International Inc. (LTRE)
LeCroy Corp. (LCRY)
Limoneira Co. (LMNR)
Lionbridge Technologies Inc. (LIOX)
Local.com Corp. (LOCM)
LodgeNet Interactive Corporation (LNET)
LoopNet, Inc. (LOOP)
LTX-Credence Corporation (LTXC)
Lydall Inc. (LDL)
Magnetek Inc. (MAG)
Mattson Technology Inc. (MTSN)
MIPS Technologies Inc. (MIPS)
Napco Security Technologies, Inc. (NSSC)
Nara Bancorp. (NARA)
NBTY, Inc. (NTY)
NetScout Systems Inc. (NTCT)
Newport Corp. (NEWP)
North American Energy Partners Inc. (NOA)
Oclaro, Inc. (OCLR)
Oplink Communications Inc. (OPLK)
OPNET Technologies Inc. (OPNT)
Opnext, Inc. (OPXT)
PacWest Bancorp (PACW)
PCTEL, Inc. (PCTI)
Pervasive Software Inc. (PVSW)
Pink OTC Markets Inc. (PINK)
PNI Digital Media Inc. (PNDM.F)
Points International Ltd. (PTSE.F)
Popular Inc. (BPOP)
Rainmaker Systems Inc. (RMKR)
Reis, Inc. (REIS)
RG Barry Corp. (DFZ)
Saba Software Inc. (SABA)
Safeguard Scientifics, Inc. (SFE)
Savanna Energy Services Corp. (SVY)
Schiff Nutrition International Inc. (WNI)
Sierra Bancorp (BSRR)
Silicon Motion Technology Corp. (SIMO)
SRS Labs Inc. (SRSL)
Stamps.com Inc. (STMP)
Stantec Inc. (STN)
STEC, Inc. (STEC)
Steven Madden, Ltd. (SHOO)
Sunrise Telecom Inc. (SRTI)
Symmetricom Inc. (SYMM)
Synergy Brands Inc. (SYBR)
The Bancorp Inc. (TBBK)
The Inventure Group Inc. (SNAK)
Tix Corporation (TIXC)
TranSwitch Corp. (TXCC)
Tyler Technologies, Inc. (TYL)
United Online Inc. (UNTD)
Universal Electronics Inc. (UEIC)
US Home Systems Inc. (USHS)
Versant Corp. (VSNT)
Vertro, Inc. (VTRO)
Virage Logic Corporation (VIRL)
Vitesse Semiconductor Corp. (VTSS)
Volcom Inc. (VLCM)
Wet Seal Inc. (WTSLA)
Wi-Lan Inc. (WIN)
WidePoint Corp. (WYY)
Wilshire Bancorp Inc. (WIBC)
WSFS Financial Corp. (WSFS)

Past Performance not indicative of future returns. This is not an offer or solicitation of the securities named herein.

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