The ranking was based on the analysts’ ability to generate return with their stock ratings and price targets. TipRanks’ algorithms calculated the average return and statistical significance of each rating, as well as the overall success rate. Each rating made during 2017 was measured over a time-frame of 3 months.
TipRanks discovered that one key sector — tech — dominated. Out of the top 20 analysts of last year, no less than 16 specialized in the tech sector. This again underlines how tech stocks outperformed the rest of the market in 2017. Just one analyst from the healthcare sector (Ritu Baral) made it onto the list and three from the services sector (Rachel Rothman, Jeffrey Silber and Carlo Santarelli). In stark contrast, in 2016, half of the top analysts specialized in the basic materials sector.
Oppenheimer, a New York-based investment bank and financial services company, is the only bank to be represented by three analysts with Brian Schwartz, Ittai Kidron and Glenn Greene in 4th, 6th and 9th place respectively.
CEO of TipRanks, Uri Gruenbaum, commented, “While we are not an analyst endorsement platform, we are always excited to see those that generate excess returns and feel obligated to highlight them. Clearly, 2017 was the year of the smaller research firms as most of the top performing analysts came from private research firms.”
The top 20 analysts of 2017 are:
- Joseph Foresi of Cantor Fitzgerald, tech: the number 1 analyst of 2017, Foresi had a 91% success rate and a 9.2% average return per recommendation.
- Craig Ellis of B.Riley FBR, tech: 74% success rate, 9.7% average return.
- Terry Tillman of SunTrust Robinson, tech: 87% success rate, 16.5% average return.
- Brian Schwartz of Oppenheimer, tech: 85% success rate, 12.2% average return.
- Ritu Baral of Cowen & Co, healthcare: 60% success rate, 20.7% average return.
- Ittai Kidron of Oppenheimer, tech: 79% success rate, 11.3% average return.
- Richard Davis of Canaccord Genuity, tech: 81% success rate, 11.7% average return.
- Rajvindra Gill of Needham, tech: 72% success rate, 12.3% average return.
- Glenn Greene of Oppenheimer, tech: 86% success rate, 7.7% average return.
- Scott Devitt of Stifel Nicolaus, tech: 85% success rate, 11.2% average return.
- Michael Olson of Piper Jaffray, tech: 77% success rate, 8.8% average return.
- Aaron Kessler of Raymond James, tech: 82% success rate, 11.44% average return.
- Samuel Kemp of Piper Jaffray, tech: 89% success rate, 14.6% average return.
- Steven Halper of Cantor Fitzgerald, tech: 74% success rate, 9.2% average return.
- Rachel Rothman of Susquehanna, services: 90% success rate, 11.1% average return.
- Matt Ramsay of Canaccord Genuity, tech: 77% success rate, 16.6% average return.
- Jeffrey Silber of BMO Capital, services: 78% success rate, 7.8% average return.
- Amit Daryanani of RBC Capital, tech: 81% success rate, 7.7% average return.
- Carlo Santarelli of Deutsche Bank, services: 89% success rate,12.8% average return.
- Daniel Perlin of RBC Capital, tech: 95% success rate, 8.4% average return.
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