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Fire Your Stock Analyst!: Analyzing Stocks on Your Own by Harry Domash

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Research Reports

I may not follow analysts’ buy/sell advice because of their positive bias, but I still avidly read their research reports. Some don’t say much, but many are filled with essential information about the company’s business plan, the problems it’s encountering, and the analysts’ take on the competition and industry trends. That’s valuable information that would require days of research if you did it on your own.

Further, you can often deduce that a buy rating really means sell by reading the report. For instance, in late June 2001, investment banker Credit Lyonnais reiterated its add recommendation for Global Crossing, then trading at around $9, but at the same time cut its price target from $25 to $12. Or consider ABN Amro’s mid-August ...

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