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Climbing one rung to finish on top for the first time since 2006 is the Stockholm-­based team of analysts at SEB Enskilda.

Fredrik Carlsson & team SEB Enskilda

The buy side says: “They cover more of the market and are more comprehensive than any of the other Nordic brokers.”

Climbing one rung to finish on top for the first time since 2006 is the Stockholm-­based team of analysts at SEB Enskilda. Captained since March by Fredrik Carlsson, who joined the firm as head of Swedish equity research in 2009, the 65-­member squadron provides “strong and deep research coverage combined with excellent corporate access and terrific communication,” attests one client. In February 2010 the researchers recommended Helsinki-­based Metso Corp., at €24.28, making the case that a spate of recent acquisitions would result in operational efficiencies and help boost the company’s bottom line. By late December, shares of the automation-­related technologies supplier had bolted to €41.81, a 72.2 percent advance that shot past Finland’s broad market by a stunning 65.3 percentage points. The Enskilda analysts “know how to create value,” cheers one appreciative investor. Carlsson, 39, who earned an MBA at Nyenrode Business Universiteit in the Netherlands in 1995, had previously been employed as head of equities at Second Swedish National Pension Fund.

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