Brendan Wood International

Brendan Wood International

November 02, 2009 17:59 ET

Brendan Wood International Announces TopGun Research, Sales and Trading in Canada

'19 Analysts Join the Ranks of TopGuns for the First Time' - TopGun Press

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire – Nov. 2, 2009) - Worldwide intelligence-based advisory firm Brendan Wood International (BWI)'s TopGun Press today released the results of its 30th annual Equity Research, Sales and Trading Report. The Brendan Wood Panel consists of over 200 of Canada's largest and most influential buy-side portfolio managers and traders who provided in-depth rankings of analysts, sales professionals and traders based on who they 'vote to pay' and why. The BWI Panel also nominated the most influential analysts on over 100 of Canada's largest stocks. A TopGun analyst is one who finishes in the top three in his/her individual sector. The 2009 study saw 33 TopGuns rise to prominence who were not in the top 3 last year, with 19 of those analysts being nominated as a TopGun for the first time in their careers.

The 2009 TopGun Analysts ranking 1st in their sector are:

Sector#1 TopGun Analyst
Alternative EnergyMatthew Akman (Macquarie Bank)
Auto ComponentsPeter Sklar (BMO Capital Markets)
BanksIan de Verteuil (BMO Capital Markets)
Base Metals & MiningGreg Barnes (TD Newcrest)
Biotech & HealthcareDoug Miehm (TD Newcrest)
ChemicalsSam Kanes (Scotia Capital)
Communications EquipmentMike Abramsky (RBC Capital Markets)
Consumer ProductsPerry Caicco (CIBC World Markets)
Diversified FinancialsKevin Choquette (Scotia Capital)
EconomicsJohn Aitkens (TD Newcrest)
High TechChris Umiastowski (TD Newcrest)
Income Trusts (Royalty)Menal Patel (National Bank Financial)
Income Trusts (Utilities/Pipelines)Tony Courtright (Scotia Capital)
Index AnalysisPeter Haynes (TD Newcrest)
Industrial ProductsBen Cherniavsky (Raymond James)
InsuranceTom MacKinnon (Scotia Capital)
Integrated Oil & GasRandy Ollenberger (BMO Capital Markets)
MediaAdam Shine (National Bank Financial)
MerchandisingPerry Caicco (CIBC World Markets)
Oil & Gas (Equipment & Services)Roger Serin (TD Newcrest)
Oil & Gas (Exploration & Production)Brad Borggard (CIBC World Markets)
Portfolio Strategy Peter Gibson (CIBC World Markets)
Precious Metals & DiamondsTanya Jakusconek (National Bank Financial)
Pulp, Paper & Forest ProductsPaul Quinn (RBC Capital Markets)
Quantitative AnalysisPeter Gibson (CIBC World Markets)
Real Estate & REITSNeil Downey (RBC Capital Markets)
SmCap/SpSitsAnthony Zicha (Scotia Capital)
Software & ServicesRichard Tse (National Bank Financial)
Technical AnalysisMark Deriet (Cormark Securities)
Telecommunications & WirelessDvai Ghose (Genuity Capital Markets)
Transportation & EnvironmentRandy Cousins (BMO Capital Markets)
UtilitiesMatthew Akman (Macquarie Bank)

Furthermore, eight analysts qualified as TopGuns in the global SuperLeague. A SuperLeague Analyst is one who is a nominated TopGun by both the BWI Institutional Panel of portfolio managers and by BWI's Corporate Panel of senior corporate executives.

The 2009 SuperLeague Analysts are:

SectorSuperLeague Analyst
Diversified FinancialsKevin Choquette (Scotia Capital)
Income Trusts (Royalty)Menal Patel (National Bank Financial)
Income Trusts (Royalty)Brad Borggard (CIBC World Markets)
Oil & Gas (Equipment & Services)Roger Serin (TD Newcrest)
Precious Metals & DiamondsTanya Jakusconek (National Bank Financial)
Precious Metals & DiamondsBarry Cooper (CIBC World Markets)
Pulp, Paper & Forest ProductsSean Steuart (TD Newcrest)
Real Estate & REITSNeil Downey (RBC Capital Markets)

BMO Capital Markets, TD Newcrest and Scotia Capital achieved TopGun Research Team designations with RBC in the runner-up spot.

GMP Securities, RBC Capital Markets and TD Newcrest ranked as having the TopGun Sales Teams with CIBC World Markets and Scotia Capital as runners-up. CIBC World Markets, BMO Capital Markets and TD Newcrest ranked as having the TopGun Trading Teams with RBC Capital Markets as runner-up.

According to Stewart Borden, the Brendan Wood International Partner in charge of Canada, Canadian investors continue to "vote to pay" a broad array of professionals and broker dealer organizations – "There is considerable integrity in the awarding of commissions by Canada's major investors," said Borden. "Investors are becoming weary of ineffectual regulations and intolerant of poor financial merchandise but continue to encourage broker dealers who focus quality coverage on investor interests."

The contents of Brendan Wood Reports are confidential and proprietary. Any unauthorized publication of the results by the media is in violation of the report's copyright.

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