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Friday, 18th September 2020
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Analysts prove themselves in difficult circumstances back
In a performance which reflects the overalll firm ratings, Goodbody’s analysts have taken seven of the analyst categories, up from last year when they won four of the individual firsts. Merrion come just behind Goodbody performing strongly with six wins. Davy show their strength in all the categories with nine top three placings in the eleven categories.
Best equity strategist
Liam Boggan wins for the first time for Merrion the major award of ‘Best equity strategist’. Goodbody also show well. Eamonn Hughes comes in second and Dermot O’Leary gets a third place finish. Bernard McAlinden of NCB places well in fourth. The Davy duo of Barry Dixon and Rossa White also finish well in fifth and sixth places respectively.

Financials
Eamonn Hughes from Goodbody retains his title as the best financials analyst. Sebastian Orsi also remains strong and his stronger position in the Analyst of the Year award shows the role played by his research report: Irish Financials a New Reality. The Davy duo Emer Lang and Scott Rankin show well at third and fourth respectively splitting the Davy vote. Both John Cantwell of NCB in fifth and Alex Potter of Collins Stewart in sixth both improve their positions with the both of them up one place.

Food & Beverages/Agribusiness
The previous superstar of the category Robert Brisbourne moved on to pastures green in the fund management business. This left the title free to be taken up by Liam Igoe of Goodbody who moves up from second place. Gavin Kelleher, new to the category, comes second in a strong first appearance. John O’Reilly also performs well holding on to his position in third. Another notable entry is the return of Gill to the food fray, to take up battle with his old nemesis O’Reily, and Igoe and Kelleher. Gill, the former Goodbody man comes in in fourth place.

Construction & Building Materials
Robert Eason wins another title for Goodbody beating John Mattimoe of Merrion. Putting in consistently strong showing for NCB, John Sheehan, comes in third position. Florence O’Donoghue of Davy places in 4th up from 5th.

Airlines
Merrion’s John Mattimoe keeps the title after taking it from Joe Gill in 2006. Gill of Bloxham places well in second position. Stephen Furlong of Davy is in 3rd.

Support Services
Gavin Kelleher narrowly beats last year’s winer John Sheehan. David Jennings of Davy improves from 3rd to 4th.

Technology
Gerry Hennigan from Goodbody retains the category for the 3rd year. Sam Farthing increases to 2nd from 4th. Barry Dixon of Davy drops to 3rd and new entrant Michael McMahon gets in at 4th.

Small & Mid Cap Stocks
John Mattimoe of Merrion in 2008 does not quite reach the heights of last year’s survey where he won four awards. Mattimoe however is still one of the stars winning Small & Mid Cap Stocks. John Sheehan comes in second ahead of Gerry Hennigan of Goodbody. David Jennings of Davy a new entrant comes third.

Gaming
Liam Igoe of Goodbody wins for the first time taking his second title. Igoe beats last year’s winner Gavin Kelleher who takes second spot. David Jennings of Davy drops to third place on foot of Igoe’s strong performance and new man to the category Neil Glynn comes in fourth place.

Energy & Resources
It has been a tough time for industrials since September as the real impact of the credit crisis moved from Wall St to Main St. Meanwhile, energy stocks have struggled lately in view of declining demand for oil from shrinking economies. Gerry Hennigan of Goodbody takes his second of two awards to add to his technology gong. Sebastian Orsi rises in the ranks in this category from third spot. Job Langbroek of Davy is up to third from fourth.

Pharma & Biotechnology
Goodbody’s Ian Hunter surges ahead jumping from fourth to first. Sam Farthing of Merrion places in second. Jack Gorman of Davy last year’s winner slips back to third.

Media
This year’s title is contested by quite a few new comers. Only one of the top five in this year’s survey are amongst the category’s top five last year - Gavin Kelleher of Merrion. Gerry Hennigan comes into this category strongly in second as does Stephen Furlong of Davy into third.

Paper & Packaging
A new category last year on foot of Smurfit Kappa’s return to the market, is won again by John Mattimoe of Merrion. Goodbody’s Robert Eason moves up to second from fourth. John Sheehan of NCB comes third.






Best Equity Strategist
Financials
Food & Beverages/Agribusiness
Small & Mid Cap Stocks
Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology
Technology
Airlines
Media
Construction & Building Materials
Support Services (DCC, Newcourt, CPL, Veris, and Siteserv)
Gaming
Energy & Resources
Paper & Packaging

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