Ann Robinson of Bear Stearns & Co. cut her teeth as a bank bond analyst in the difficult boom and bust years of the late 1980s, and quickly developed a reputation for keen insight.

Among bank stock analysts "she's well into the 90th percentile of accuracy," said Tom Quigley, a retired Wall Street trader who worked with Ms. Robinson for several years at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette.

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