Here are the top stock pickers in each category as indicated by the I/B/E/S data. Analysts' overall rank, which is a combination of their stock-picking and voting scores, is shown in the column on the far right.

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The Best Stock Pickers
Category Name Firm Overall Rank
Advertising Michael Beebe Goldman Sachs 4
Aerospace & Defense Howard Rubel Goldman Sachs 3
Air Freight & Couriers Gregory Konezny U.S. Bancorp Piper Jaffray 5
Airlines James Higgins DLJ 5
Alternative Carriers James Henry Bear Stearns 2
Apparel Retail Joe Grillo Deutsche Banc Alex. Brown 7
Application Software Jim Moore Deutsche Banc Alex. Brown 4
Auto Components Brett Hoselton McDonald 8
Automobiles John Casesa Merrill Lynch 4
Banks David Berry Keefe Bruyette & Woods 14
Biotechnology Eric Ende Lehman Brothers (now at Banc of America) 7
Broadcasting & Cable TV Doug Mitchelson Deutsche Banc Alex. Brown 14
Building Products Jack Kasprzak Scott & Stringfellow 2
Casinos & Gaming David Anders Credit Suisse First Boston (now at Merrill Lynch) 5
Computer & Electronics Retail David Childe Morgan Keegan 4
Computer Hardware Steven Milunovich Merrill Lynch 2
Computer Storage & Peripherals Robert Montague Morgan Keegan 9
Construction & Farm Machinery John Inch Bear Stearns 6
Consumer Finance Jennifer Scutti Prudential 13
Containers & Packaging Joel Tiss Lehman Brothers 5
Department Stores Gary Balter DLJ 2
Diversified Chemicals Sergey Vasnetsov Lehman Brothers 3
Diversified Financial Services James Hanbury Schroder (firm no longer in business) 16
Electric Utilities Jonathan Raleigh Goldman Sachs 2
Electrical Components & Equipment Nicholas Heymann Prudential 3
Electronic Equipment & Instruments Mark Jordan A.G. Edwards 8
Energy Equipment & Services Marshall Adkins Raymond James 4
Environmental Services Steven Binder Bear Stearns 5
General Merchandise Stores Holly Guthrie Janney Montgomery Scott 11
Health Care Distributors & Services Daren Marhula U.S. Bancorp Piper Jaffray 5
Health Care Equipment & Supplies Steven Halper DLJ 7
Health Care Facilities Kemp Dolliver S.G. Cowen 8
Home Improvement Retail Rebecca Yarchover U.S. Bancorp Piper Jaffray 9
Household Products Jim Dormer Morgan Stanley Dean Witter (now at PaineWebber) 8
Industrial Conglomerates Phua Young Merrill Lynch 2
Industrial Machinery James Samuels Banc of America 11
Integrated Oil & Gas Philippe Hervieu Nesbitt Burns 10
Integrated Telecommunications Services Peter Kennedy Morgan Stanley Dean Witter 6
Internet Software & Services David Hilal Friedman, Billings, Ramsey 6
IT Consulting & Services Mark D'Annolfo Deutsche Banc Alex. Brown 6
Life & Health Insurance (tie) Joan Zief Goldman Sachs 7
Life & Health Insurance (tie) John Hall Prudential 12
Managed Health Care Joseph France Credit Suisse First Boston 3
Metals, Mining & Steel Ali Agha DLJ 15
Movies & Entertainment (tie) Jessica Reif Cohen Merrill Lynch 2
Movies & Entertainment (tie) Chris Dixon PaineWebber 6
Networking Equipment Kevin Slocum Wit SoundView 7
Oil & Gas Exploration & Production Shannon Nome Banc of America 8
Packaged Foods Bob Cummins Schroder (firm no longer in business) 12
Paper & Forest Products David Smyth RBC Dominion 6
Pharmaceuticals Kenneth Kulju DLJ 13
Property & Casualty Insurance Brian Meredith Banc of America 11
Publishing & Printing Michael Beebe Goldman Sachs 7
REITs Jeff Caira Tucker Anthony Cleary Gull (now at Ferris Baker Watts) 10
Restaurants Paul Westra Credit Suisse First Boston (left the sell side) 14
Road & Rail Edward Wolfe Bear Stearns 4
Semiconductor Equipment Erika Klauer Deutsche Banc Alex. Brown 12
Semiconductors Jeffrey Lipton Chase H&Q 7
Soft Drinks Jennifer Solomon Salomon Smith Barney 4
Specialty Chemicals Mark Gulley Banc of America 2
Specialty Stores Rebecca Yarchover U.S. Bancorp Piper Jaffray 12
Systems Software Tim Dolan Deutsche Banc Alex. Brown 4
Telecommunications Equipment David Kang Roth Capital Partners (now at ABN Amro) 9
Tobacco Roy Burry Brown Brothers Harriman 5
Wireless Telecommunications Services Eric Weinstein DLJ 12