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Consumer - Retailing/Specialty Stores: 2011 First

Taking top honors for a sixth straight year is J.P. Morgan’s Brian Tunick.

Brian Tunick  J.P. Morgan

The buy side says: “Brian Tunick is great!”

Taking top honors for a sixth straight year is J.P. Morgan’s Brian Tunick. The 37-year-old researcher “has great insight into what drives all of these tricky specialty retailers,” observes one buy-side enthusiast. Tunick upgraded Houston-­based Men’s Wearhouse to buy in August 2010, at $19.62, telling clients that the retailer was “well positioned to drive improved profitability in 2010 and beyond.” The company reported in March that year-over-year net earnings soared 46.5 percent, to $67.7 million, in the 12 months through January. The shares sewed up a gain of 47.3 percent, to $28.91, and led the sector by 29.8 percentage points, through August 2011.

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