The world's brokerage houses employ 6,000 stock analysts. That's a lot of opinions to follow, but we cut through all the noise and zeroed in on the elite in the business. Our rankings present equity analysts who in 2004 proved themselves superior at one of two skills: accurately forecasting earnings or recommending when to buy, hold or sell.
The bulk of our information comes to us courtesy of StarMine, a San Francisco research organization and our partner in this project. Since 1998, StarMine has built a business on a simple premise: Certain brokerage analysts are worth listening to more than others. With the right amount of number crunching, it's possible to not only identify the best analysts but to profit from that knowledge as well.
Full story at Forbes.com