Michael R. Hughes of Merrill Lynch has won a blue ribbon in American Banker's Wall Street Sharpshooter ranking for the second year running - this time taking honors for coverage of government sponsored enterprises.

Mr. Hughes, last year's winner in the general finance category, was one of five analysts to achieve the best possible score in predicting the quarterly earnings of the Federal National Mortgage Association this year. He was one of only three who made the best possible estimates on Fannie Mae for all of the three quarters reviewed by First Call Corp.

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