2015 All-America Research Team: The Top-Ranked Analysts

J.P. Morgan lays claim to the highest number of first-place positions, with 14, followed by Evercore ISI, with ten.

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A total of 15 firms earn at least one first-place position on the 2015 All-America Research Team, Institutional Investor’s exclusive annual ranking of the nation’s leading sell-side equity analysts. J.P. Morgan researchers are deemed the best in nearly a quarter of the survey’s categories — 14 out of 60 — followed by Evercore ISI, with ten sector victories. Click on the Leaders link in the navigation table at right to view the full list of ranked firms.

Among the more surprising developments, Evercore ISI’s Ed Hyman — who held the top spot in Economics for a remarkable and record-setting 35 years, from 1980 through 2014 — slips to second place. He is replaced by his former colleague and firm co-founder Nancy Lazar, now of Cornerstone Macro.

This year the Wells Fargo Securities flag makes its first appearance atop a sector — not once, but twice. J. Michael Webber Jr . sails into first place in the newly added Shipping sector, while Michael Blum captains the crew that rises from third place to first for coverage of Master Limited Partnerships.

Two analysts lead more than one lineup. Evercore ISI’s Mark Schoenebaum scores a hat trick, outperforming all others in Biotechnology/Large-Cap, Biotechnology/Mid- & Small-Cap and Pharmaceuticals/Major, while Benjamin Swinburne of Morgan Stanley is considered the best in both Cable & Satellite and Media.

Listed below by sector are this year’s No. 1 analysts and teams. Click on an individual’s name to view his or her profile. Please note: Free site registration will be requested of anyone who hasn’t already signed up.

Accounting & Tax Policy

Sponsored

Christopher Senyek

Wolfe Research

Aerospace & Defense Electronics

Ronald Epstein

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Airfreight & Surface Transportation

William Greene Jr.

Morgan Stanley

Airlines

Jamie Baker

J.P. Morgan

Alternative Energy

Patrick Jobin

Credit Suisse

Autos & Auto Parts

Rod Lache

Deutsche Bank Securities

Banks/Large-Cap

John McDonald

Sanford C. Bernstein & Co.

Banks/Midcap

Steven Alexopoulos

J.P. Morgan

Beverage, Household & Personal Care Products

Ali Dibadj

Sanford C. Bernstein & Co.

Biotechnology/Large-Cap

Mark Schoenebaum

Evercore ISI

Biotechnology/Mid- & Small-Cap

Mark Schoenebaum

Evercore ISI

Brokers, Asset Managers & Exchanges

Kenneth Worthington

J.P. Morgan

Business, Education & Professional Services

Andrew Steinerman

J.P. Morgan

Cable & Satellite

Benjamin Swinburne

Morgan Stanley

Chemicals

Jeffrey Zekauskas

J.P. Morgan

Computer Services & IT Consulting

Tien-Tsin Huang

J.P. Morgan

Consumer Finance

Sanjay Sakhrani

Keefe, Bruyette & Woods

Economics

Nancy Lazar

Cornerstone Macro

Electric Utilities

Steven Fleishman

Wolfe Research

Electrical Equipment & Multi-Industry

Scott Davis

Barclays

Engineering & Construction

Jamie Cook

Credit Suisse

Equity-Linked Strategies

Marko Kolanovic & team

J.P. Morgan

Food

Andrew Lazar

Barclays

Gaming & Lodging

Joseph Greff

J.P. Morgan

Health Care Facilities & Managed Care

Joshua Raskin

Barclays

Health Care Technology & Distribution

Lisa Gill

J.P. Morgan

Homebuilders & Building Products

Stephen East

Evercore ISI

Insurance/Life

Jamminder (Jimmy) Bhullar

J.P. Morgan

Insurance/Nonlife

Joshua Stirling

Sanford C. Bernstein & Co.

Integrated Oil

Douglas Terreson

Evercore ISI

Internet

Carlos Kirjner-Neto

Sanford C. Bernstein & Co.

IT Hardware & Electronics Manufacturing Services

A.M. (Toni) Sacconaghi

Sanford C. Bernstein & Co.

Leisure

Gregory Badishkanian

Citi

Life Science & Diagnostic Tools

Tycho Peterson

J.P. Morgan

Machinery

David Raso

Evercore ISI

Master Limited Partnerships

Michael Blum & team

Wells Fargo Securities

Media

Benjamin Swinburne

Morgan Stanley

Medical Supplies & Devices

Michael Weinstein

J.P. Morgan

Metals & Mining

Timna Tanners

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Natural Gas

Faisel Khan

Citi

Oil & Gas Exploration & Production

Robert Brackett

Sanford C. Bernstein & Co.

Oil Services & Equipment

James West

Evercore ISI

Paper & Packaging

George Staphos

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Pharmaceuticals/Major

Mark Schoenebaum

Evercore ISI

Pharmaceuticals/Specialty

Umer Raffat

Evercore ISI

Portfolio Strategy

François Trahan

Cornerstone Macro

Quantitative Research

Yin Luo

Deutsche Bank Securities

REITs

Stephen Sakwa & team

Evercore ISI

Restaurants

John Glass

Morgan Stanley

Retailing/Broadlines & Hardlines

Gregory Melich

Evercore ISI

Retailing/Department Stores & Specialty Softlines

Matthew Boss

J.P. Morgan

Retailing/Food & Drug Chains

Meredith Adler

Barclays

Semiconductor Capital Equipment

James Covello

Goldman, Sachs & Co.

Semiconductors

Stacy Rasgon

Sanford C. Bernstein & Co.

Shipping

J. Michael Webber Jr.

Wells Fargo Securities

Software

Kasthuri Rangan

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Technical Analysis

Jeffrey deGraaf

Renaissance Macro Research

Telecom & Networking Equipment

Tal Liani

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Telecom Services

Philip Cusick

J.P. Morgan

Washington Research

Andrew Laperriere, Roberto Perli & team

Cornerstone Macro

Click on the Best Analysts of the Year in the navigation table at right to view profiles of all of this year’s ranked researchers and to find information about when they debuted in their sectors, the total number of appearances they have amassed to date, their total appearances at No. 1 (where applicable) and comments from money managers about what distinguishes each analyst from his or her peers. Also available at that link is a list of individuals who earn a runner-up spot in each sector (where applicable). Please note: Information about researchers in the second and third positions, and runners-up, is available to subscribers only.

To learn more about how this ranking was compiled, click on Methodology.

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