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Shopping.com Says SEC Story "Erroneous"

Responding to a Reuters story yesterday which said the Securities and Exchange Commission named Shopping.com in an investigation of investment fraud, Shopping.com, Inc.'s chairman today refuted the story's implications.

"[The Reuters story] inaccurately portrays Shopping.com as the target of a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation," said Frank Denny, chairman of Shopping.com.

"The story was erroneously reported by the Bloomberg News Service, and has since been retracted by Bloomberg. A securities firm which was a market maker for our stock is one of the targets of the SEC action. We are pursuing a full retraction of the Reuters story as it applies to our Company," said Mr. Denny.

The SEC charged Waldron & Co., a California-based brokerage firm which underwrote Shopping.com, with fraud. The lawsuit states that the brokerage firm and its former president, Cery B. Perle, "pumped up" the price of Shopping.com stock 255% from its IPO price of $9 to more than $32 per share.