Charles Schwab & Co. launched its Analyst Center this week to give retail investors Internet access to third-party research from companies such as First Call, Dow Jones, and Standard & Poor's.

Available on the San Francisco-based discount broker's Web site at, the center will offer its information free to Schwab investors. The firm charges a flat on-line trading fee of $29.95 on stock orders up to 1,000 shares. A fee of 3 cents is added for each share over the 1,000 threshold.

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