Takashi Enomoto Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Repeat third-teamer Takashi Enomoto earns points for his “broad coverage” and “unique ability to judge the pros and cons of every subsector,” clients attest. The Bank of America Merrill Lynch researcher, who is also a runner-up in Chemicals, is noted for his October 2010 upgrade of Mitsubishi Materials Corp. from underperform all the way to buy, at ¥250, partly on high copper prices and rebounding cement demand in the U.S. Shares of the diversified nonferrous miner, which is headquartered in Tokyo, advanced 4.8 percent, to ¥262, and led the sector by 17.5 percentage points, through February 2012. — Ben Mattlin

- Yuji Matsumoto Nomura Securities Co.