SOURCE: Institutional Investor

Institutional Investor

October 12, 2010 07:30 ET

For the First Time, J.P. Morgan Leads Institutional Investor Ranking of Best U.S. Equity Analysts

Firm Bumps Barclays Capital to Second Place; Morgan Stanley Makes Strong Gains

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - October 12, 2010) -  In a year when macro concerns overshadowed stock picking, no firm did a better job of guiding its clients through the market turbulence than J.P. Morgan, which takes top honors in the 2010 All-America Research Team survey, Institutional Investor's 39th annual ranking of the nation's best sell-side equity analysts. J.P. Morgan, in its first appearance in first place, captures 46 total team positions, two more than last year.

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Down a notch to second place is the squad that has dominated this ranking for the past seven years, five as part of Lehman Brothers and the past two at Barclays Capital. (The researchers moved en masse after Barclays acquired the North American operations of Lehman Brothers Holdings in September 2008.) The BarCap crew takes 43 positions this year, down from 46.

BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research holds steady in third despite having picked up five more positions, bringing its total to 42. Rounding out the top five are Credit Suisse, which rises one rung after adding three more positions, for a total of 34; and UBS, which slips one notch after losing four positions, leaving it with 29.

Morgan Stanley is the biggest upward mover, rising from ninth place to seventh after boosting its team-position count by eight, to 24. Even more striking: the number of its analysts ranked No. 1 in their respective sectors catapults from one last year to eight this year. Only three firms claim more top positions than Morgan Stanley: J.P. Morgan, BarCap and Sanford C. Bernstein & Co.

Survey results are based on responses from nearly 3,500 investment professionals at 970 firms that collectively manage an estimated $10.2 trillion in U.S. equities.

The complete list of winners can be found on our website,

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