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March 3, 2015

The Top 10 Analysts On Wall Street

By Louis Bedigian, Benzinga
TipRanks analyzes analysts on Wall Street, and provides dynamic rankings to its users.
The platform constantly skims the recommendations of analysts, bloggers and other experts, while providing detailed stats that explain why an analyst received a particular ranking.
There are many analysts out there, but who are the ones writing reports that are actually worth reading? Benzinga sat down with TipRanks to find out.

1. Gene Munster, Piper Jaffray
Gene Munster, the world's top Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) analyst, has achieved an average return of 30.5 percent out of 253 recommendations. Of those recommendations, 73 percent (185) had positive returns in the year following each stock rating.
Munster will appear on a special episode of Benzinga's PreMarket Prep this Friday, March 6 at 8:35 a.m. ET. Investors can tune in and submit questions for Munster to answer live on the air.
2. Rohit Vanjani, Oppenheimer
Rohit Vanjani has an impeccable record. His average return is 57.3 percent, and he has a success rate of 96 percent (65 out of 68 recommendations).
"The reason he's ranked number two instead of one is because the data that we have on him is less significant than we have on Gene Munster," Uri Gruenbaum, co-founder and CEO of TipRanks, told Benzinga.
3. Liana Moussatos, Wedbush
With an average return of 56 percent and a success rate of 76 percent, Liana Moussatos is another five-star analyst.
4. Michael Walkley, Canaccord Genuity
Michael Walkley's 73 percent success rate and 25.9 percent average return helped him become the fourth top-ranked analyst.
5. Michael Wiederhorn, Oppenheimer
This is another big win for Oppenheimer. Michael Wiederhorn's average return (25 percent) may not be as impressive as that of his colleague, but his 88 percent success rate is definitely worth noting.
6. Youssef Squali, Cantor Fitzgerald
Youssef Squali's advice might be just what Twitter Inc (NYSE: TWTR) and LinkedIn Corp(NASDAQ: LNKD) investors need. He has an average return of 26.1 percent and a success rate of 76 percent.
7. Jim Birchenough, BMO Capital
Jim Birchenough hasn't provided many recommendations, so he's ranked lower than some of the other analysts. But his 53.1 percent average return and 76 percent success rate should not be ignored.
8. Alan Carr, Needham
Alan Carr's love of the healthcare space has paid off handsomely. He has an average return of 42.1 percent and a success rate of 74 percent.
9. Kevin Cassidy, Stifel Nicolaus
Kevin Cassidy's average return (35.3 percent) and success rate (81 percent) make him one of the world's top analysts.
10. Doug Anmuth, J.P. Morgan
Doug Anmuth rounds out the top 10 with an average return of 27.4 percent and a success rate of 74 percent.
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Disclosure: At the time of this writing, Louis Bedigian had no position in the equities mentioned in this report.
© 2015 Benzinga.com. Benzinga does not provide investment advice. All rights reserved.
The views and opinions expressed herein are the author's own, and do not necessarily reflect those of EconMatters.

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