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NEW YORK, NY, January 24, 2004 -- Thomson Financial, an operating unit of The Thomson Corporation (NYSE: TOC, TSX: TOC) and leading provider of information and technology solutions to the worldwide financial community, today announced an enhanced interface and new report option for Thomson AutEx BlockDATA, the industry standard for market share statistics for the global equity trading community. The new Value Report option ranks broker/dealer trading activity according to the price-weighted value of trading volume. "The AutEx Block Value Report allows the broker/dealer community to market their ability to handle high value trades," said Bob Moitoso, senior vice president and head of Thomson AutEx. "It gives our clients an added option in demonstrating their trading prowess, in specific securities, industries or markets, to the trading and investment arms of the buy side," said Moitoso.

In addition to viewing Value Reports of brokers’ trading activity for all BlockdDATA reporting options, clients will be able to run reports that normalize trading activity across markets and currencies and obtain broker rankings in dollars, Euros, British pounds, Japanese yen, or Hong Kong dollars.

Thomson AutEx BlockDATA compiles trade information reported on Thomson AutEx by more than 300 top brokerage firms worldwide, and generates a variety of customized reports for specific securities, broker/dealers, industries and markets. Security Report ranks the most active brokers for any security. Broker Summary Report provides a specific broker with monthly and year-to-date trading volume, market share and rank for any security (domestic or international). Industry Sector/Trade Profile ranks a firms trading activity within a custom –defined sector. Market/Country Ranking [provides the top 25 most active brokers with an overall look at certain markets or countries. Top Stocks Report allows users to rank stocks based on the total volume.

Thomson AutEx has been fully integrated onto the Thomson ONE framework for institutional equity traders. AutEx over Thomson ONE provides access to aggregated market liquidity along with contextually integrated news, data, research, trade analytics and charts. It enables institutional equity traders to determine supply and demand of potential positions, analyze potential trade patterns, and find the most appropriate trading partners, using a single intuitive interface.

AutEx over Thomson ONE provides the institutional equity trader with access to the deepest pool of global liquidity, including trading partners from over 500 buy-side and 300 sell-side institutions worldwide. One million messages are posted on the system per day. It maximizes market transparency and improves the price of trades in an increasingly fast moving market environment where market liquidity is substantially fragmented. Market participants on AutEx conduct immediate and simultaneous negotiations with counter parties to find the other side of the trade quickly and effortlessly, and the large liquidity pool minimizes the impact of market orders