|Bobby Chada, Emmanuel Turpin & team|
|First-place appearances: 2|
Total appearances: 16
Team debut: 1994
Rising one notch to recapture the No. 2 position it held in 2011 is the Morgan Stanley squad co-piloted by Bobby Chada in London and Paris-based Emmanuel Turpin. Of the 30 stocks under coverage, the nine-strong team prefers Frances Veolia Environnement, a diversified supplier of water, waste management and public transit services. Citing the benefits of a restructuring and recently instituted cost-cutting measures, the researchers in August upgraded Veolia from equal weight to overweight. Late in December the stock was up 12 percent, to 11.85, and ahead of the sector by 5 percentage points. Going forward, the analysts also favor U.K.-based National Grid. They consider the electricity and gas distributor a safe choice given its high dividend yield, robust dividend growth rate and eight-year contract with local regulators. Bobby and Emmanuel think like their clients, one supporter asserts, which leads to useful advice and top-notch service.