J.P. Morgan & Co., New York, has appointed Douglas R. Cliggot to the newly created post of vice president and U.S. equity strategist.

Mr. Cliggot was manager of the global investment strategy team at Merrill Lynch. Before joining Merrill Lynch, he was head of research at Alfred Berg, a Danish securities firm.

In addition, Tom Van Leuven, who worked with Mr. Cliggot for the last three years at Merrill Lynch, will join him as an assistant vice president.

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