BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research
The buy side says: He is not afraid to say what he
really thinks thats an all-too-rare quality among
Last year, when this sector was added to the survey, Gabriel
Moreen landed in the No. 2 spot. This year the BofA Merrill
Lynch Global Research analyst captures top honors, thanks in
part to his willingness to embrace controversy and go
against the grain, says one client. In December, Moreen
upgraded Western Gas Partners of the Woodlands, Texas, from
neutral to buy, at $17.45, arguing that the companies in the
partnership had much stronger balance sheets than their peers.
By late August the stock had shot up to $24.08, gaining 38
percent at a time when the sector advanced 13.8 percent.
Moreen, 33, earned an A.B. at Princeton University in 2001; he
joined Merrill Lynch in 2005 from J.P. Morgan, where he worked
as a junior analyst covering the natural-gas sector.