Japanese brokers lead AlphaStars in January

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Japanese stock pickers had the region’s strongest returns in last month’s the AlphaStars competition, sponsored by FactSet.

Taketora Furuta of Citigroup Global Markets Japan led the way, returning 13.06% against the benchmark MSCI Japan index. Furuta, who also had the best short stock pick, was the only competitor to achieve a double-digit return last month.

Furuta’s lead in Japan was followed by Barclays Capital’s Chin Ong with a 9.08% gain, and Takeshi Tanaka of Daiwa Securities, who had 7.2% and also picked the best long and single stocks.

In India, Vikram Babulkar of Dolat