Would esteemed, albeit perpetually controversial, bank analyst Mike Mayo be better suited to a job on the buy-side?
It takes a lot to muzzle Richard Bove, who is among the most widely quoted bank stock analysts.
Have big banks really turned the corner?
I've noted the undercurrent of bullishness about Bank of America in the analyst ranks as of late, as more seem willing to recommend the stock.
Sell-side analysts still wield a lot of clout.
The news about Facebook in the wake of its botched IPO has been unrelentingly negative.
Mike Mayo, the esteemed bank analyst, has gone bullish on Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley, after chatting with CEO Lloyd Blankfein and COO David Viniar.
The news that Goldman Sachs was shuttering its Hudson Street independent research initiative has led to a new round of hand-wringing about the state of independent research.
The expiration of the $1.4 billion settlement in 2003 between Wall Street banks and regulators over biased research seems to have a taken a toll on independent research firms.
So who does a bank serve, its shareholders or its customers?