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.