Barry Dixon & team Davy
second teamEamonn Hughes & team Goodbody
In first place for a second straight year and for the seventh time in nine years is Davys Barry Dixon and his team of 20, described by one money manager as the premier stockbroking firm in Ireland. Dixon, 42, and his Dublin-based cohorts upgraded Paddy Power to outperform in May, at 15.98, arguing that its acquisition of a controlling stake in Australian online and telephone bookmaker Sportsbet for 27.2 million was a nice strategic fit. The stock had vaulted to 24.75 by the end of the year, a remarkable 54.9 percent rise that outpaced Irelands broad market by 50.2 percentage points. Unranked last year, the 13-member Goodbody Stockbrokers squad led by newcomer Eamonn Hughes comes in at No. 2. Their analysts are seasoned, they know management inside out, and they have a good feel for dynamics of the market, proclaims one faithful buy-sider. Clients praise the analysts December 2008 buy on containerboard manufacturer Smurfit Kappa, at 1.66, on rising global demand. The shares catapulted a head-spinning 273.5 percent, to 6.20, through December 2009. No firm garnered sufficient support to merit publication of a third team.
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