Hello dear fellow traders, I want to start this thread to get myself an opinion about the usefulness of stock analysts (GS, MER, SG Cowen etc). The point is, although I am in this "business" for 7 years now, I never held a stock, option etc for longer than 2 weeks. Thus, I never took care of what stock analysts say. So I invite everyone who has some knowledge or experience with analysts to participate in this thread, in order to share these experiences. What I would want to know, if I e.g. go into yahoo finance research to check analyst recommendations for a stock and 7 of 10 analysts say strong buy, is it really likely for this given stock to outperform or do these people only want to push their prop trading accounts ? What experiences did YOU gather ?