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Toshinori Ito of UBS captures the crown for a third consecutive year — and for the fourth time in the past five years.
Toshinori Ito UBS
second team Satoshi Abe Daiwa Institute
third team Hiroyuki Sakaida Goldman Sachs
runners-up Shigeki Matsumoto Nomura; Reiji Ogino Mitsubishi UFJ; Tatsuya Tsunoda Mizuho
Toshinori Ito of UBS captures the crown for a third consecutive year and for the fourth time in the past five years. Hes the best at knowing whats going on, insists one portfolio manager. Ito, 49, urged investors to sell their shares of Toho Gas Co. in July, at ¥613, on earnings pressure from high liquefied-natural-gas prices. By the end of February, the gas producers stock price had fallen 17.3 percent, to ¥507, and underperformed the sector by 14.9 percentage points. Ito lowered Hokkaido Electric Power Co. to neutral in August, at ¥2,310, after repairs to earthquake-damaged nuclear power plants were taking longer than anticipated. The electricity providers shares had fizzled to ¥2,080 by late February. He saved investors money, says one grateful buy-sider. After two years in third place, Satoshi Abe of Daiwa Institute of Research rises to second. Clients say they value his long experience and applaud remarkably detailed written work. In December, Abe reiterated his outperform rating on Nippon Mining Holdings, parent company of Japan Energy Corp., on valuation. The stock had shot up 35.7 percent and outperformed the sector by 40.9 percentage points, by the end of February. Unranked last year, Hiroyuki Sakaida of Goldman Sachs (Japan) finishes third. Sakaida, who, according to one investor, is passionate about research, upgraded Electric Power Development Co. to buy last April, calling shares of the thermal-power provider a bargain at ¥3,850. In June, after the stock had sizzled up 12.7 percent, to ¥4,340, he downgraded it to neutral, on valuation. By the end of February the share price had dimmed to ¥3,150.
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