Western European Countries – Switzerland: Second
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Western European Countries – Switzerland: Second

Panagiotis Spiliopoulos

Vontobel

After two years in third place, Panagiotis Spiliopoulos’ Vontobel crew climbs to second. Working out of Zurich, the 14 analysts (three fewer than last year) scaled back their coverage universe by 15 Swiss companies, to 135. Despite the changes, “they’re best in class — not just in Switzerland but in all of Europe,” cheers one backer. ABB, a global engineering conglomerate headquartered in Zurich, remains a top pick for this year, as it was in 2012. (The stock climbed 7.3 percent last year.) The team believes the outfit will continue to benefit from rising demand for power systems and process automation, especially in China and other emerging markets. The researchers are also bullish on Zurich-based financial services powerhouse UBS, noting that the global bank “is likely to become the world’s largest private wealth manager,” Spiliopoulos says, at the same time that it is lowering risks at its investment banking unit and reducing capital costs. — Paul Sweeney — Paul Sweeney


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