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SunTrust Robinson Humphrey to Refine Its Stock Rating System

PRNewswire
ATLANTA
Nov 21, 2002

In December, SunTrust Robinson Humphrey will change its rating system to three recommendations from the former five- tier system. The new ratings are defined as follows:

  Overweight (OW) = The stock's total return is expected to exceed the
  unweighted average return of the analyst's industry group over the next 12
  months.

  Equal Weight (EW) = The stock's total return is expected to be in-line
  with the unweighted average return of the analyst's industry group over
  the next 12 months.

  Underweight (UW) = The stock's total return is expected to be below the
  unweighted average return of the analyst's industry group over the next
  12 months.

In addition, a risk rank is assigned to each stock based on a combination of fundamental and stock volatility factors:

  Low (L) = Low relative stock price volatility reflected by high
  predictability of financial results and low relative stock price movement.

  Moderate (M) = Moderate relative stock price volatility reflected by
  medium predictability of financial results and relative stock price
  movement.

  High (H) = High relative stock price volatility reflected by
  inconsistent predictability of financial results and high relative stock
  price movement.

  Speculative (S) = Greatest relative stock price volatility reflected by
  low predictability of financial results and high relative stock price
  movement.

  Venture (V) = Risk and return consistent with venture capital; recommended
  only for maximum risk oriented and well-diversified portfolios.

The new ratings are intended to assist investors in determining what their preferred holdings should be. The system also capitalizes on what our analysts do best -- help identify the best stocks within their sector.

As always, actions taken by investors should be based on their personal investment objectives and risk tolerance compared to each stock's relative expected performance and risk ranking.

Atlanta-based SunTrust Robinson Humphrey provides debt capital and equity financing solutions to growing companies. For more information, visit www.suntrustrh.com .

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SOURCE: SunTrust Banks, Inc.

CONTACT: Hugh Suhr of SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, +1-404-827-6813