Prudential Fires Acampora, Shuts Technical Analysis Department 2005-10-04 14:26 (New York) By Daniel Hauck Oct. 4 (Bloomberg) -- Prudential Equity Group LLC fired its chief technical strategist, Ralph Acampora, as the firm shut its technical analysis department to cut costs. ``As of today, we no longer have a technical research department,'' Prudential spokesman Jim Gorman said in a phone interview. Acampora had served as director of technical research at Prudential since 1990. From 1980 to 1990, he was director of technical research at Kidder Peabody & Co. He was voted a runner-up among technical analysts in Institutional Investor's 2004 survey. The firing was first reported by Dow Jones Newswires. --With reporting by John Melloy in New York. Editors: Melloy.