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Andrew T. Gillies is Director of Communications at the Center for Audit Quality, an affiliate of the American Institute of CPAs, in Washington, DC. Based in Washington since 2002, he has also worked in editorial and communications roles at the Investment Company Institute, the World Bank, Forbes, and Vault.com. His policy-themed writing has focused on aerospace and defense, energy and environment, transportation, and financial services.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Wall Street's Defense Worthies

WASHINGTON, D.C. - To find out what's going on in Washington, sometimes the best place to turn is Wall Street. That's particularly true when it comes to the defense business and the research analysts who track it.

Given the size of the military-industrial complex, there's no shortage of analysts focused on aerospace and defense companies. By Thomson Financial's count, for example, 22 analysts cover Lockheed Martin.

One way to cut through the clutter here is our third annual analyst rankings, published this week on Forbes.com. Conducted by our partners at StarMine, a research organization that evaluates analyst performance, the survey identifies Wall Street's best in two categories: stock picking and accuracy in earnings estimates.

Full story at Forbes.com