Japanese brokers lead AlphaStars in January


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