U.S. Bancorp Piper Jaffray Asset Management has hired two analysts away from Strong Capital Management for its Milwaukee office as part of a continued expansion in research capabilities there, the company announced today.

Tom Eck, a securities analyst for Strong covering health care and consumer products, has joined Piper Jaffray as senior research analyst focusing on medical devices and health care services and will co-manage the Health Sciences Fund. Art Poole joins Piper Jaffray as a research analyst focusing on the Firstar MicroCap and Small- and MidCap Core Equity Funds. At Strong, Poole covered the telecommunications equipment industry.

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