Faisel Khan, who spent three of the past four years (including last year) in second place, finishes atop the ranking for the first time. The Citi analyst is a good stock picker and made some good calls over the past year, says one supporter. Two of those calls were January upgrades from hold to buy on El Paso Corp. and Cheniere Energy, both of Houston and both because of improvements at the companies El Pasos advances in exploration and production and Chenieres plans to build a new gas-export terminal. The stocks had gushed 35.6 and 18.5 percent, respectively, by the end of August. During the same period the sector advanced 19.9 percent. Khan, 35, holds bachelors degrees in economics and engineering, earned in 1999 from the University of Pennsylvania; he moved to Citi in 2005 from Credit Suisse, where he covered multiple sectors in the energy space.
Faisel Khan Citi The buy side says: Faisel does solid work on the midstream natural-gas names.