Fernando Ferreira guides the BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research duo from runner-up to first; he also co-leads the No. 2 team in Food & Beverages. The New Yorkbased analyst has the most thorough understanding of the sector, insists one backer. In June 2009 the team upgraded the American depositary receipts of São Paulos sugar and ethanol producer Cosan from neutral to buy, at $5.52, largely on Brazils short sugar supply and the growing global demand for ethanol; they have highlighted the call repeatedly since. The stock roared to $12.33 through July 2011, a jaw-dropping 123.4 percent gain that pummeled the sector by 84.4 percentage points. Ferreira, 28, joined Merrill Lynch after earning a BA in business administration at Brazils Fundação Getulio Vargas in 2005.
Fernando Ferreira & team BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research The buy side says: Hes the hardest-working analyst out there.