The FFIV Momo Enablers

Tyler Durden's picture

While it is fun to blame Cramer for all the problems, and worst stock calls in the world, we certainly would not want to leave his co-enablers out in the dark. Behold the four sell-side research "advisories" who have just confirmed that the only thing they know is to look for momentum stocks, goalseek their models, and do absolutely no diligence. We urge readers to completely ignore what the 4 analysts behind the below recommendations propose as target prices for their coverage universe going forward, and to actively do the opposite of what their stock advice is.

  • Jan 18 (Reuters) - F5 Networks Inc: * Rbc raises F5 Networks Inc price target to $150 from $130
  • Jan 14 (Reuters) - Canaccord genuity raises F5 Networks Inc target price to $150 from $120
  • Jan 11 (Reuters) - Wedbush raises F5 Networks target price to $155 from $135
  • Jan 6 (Reuters)  - F5 Networks Inc: * miller tabak raises f5 networks target price to $170 from $130

Sometimes we wonder if destroying the expert networks was such a good idea. At least one could pay and get some reasonably good (if thoroughly illegal) information in return.

h/t LDT

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NOTW777's picture

LOL - accountability

egdeh orez's picture

LOL - "Sometimes we wonder if destroying the expert networks was such a good idea. At least one could pay and get some reasonably good (if thoroughly illegal) information in return. "

max2205's picture

Like 2000 they get paid to pump it.

system failure's picture

Where is Goldman's conviction buy list for this darling stock of fanfare?

putbuyer's picture

William Daley, President Barack Obama’s new chief of staff, filed a notice with the Securities and Exchange Commission today to sell 186,190 shares of JPMorgan Chase & Co. that he valued at almost $8.3 million.

These guys and Barry really see the people as sheep. This is 1984 straight up.

Budd Fox's picture

I have the perfect investment for Bill Daley !! Chicago Muni Bonds...Tax exempt mate!!

Trimmed Hedge's picture



The site is loading a little slow & acting funny.

Please feed the ZH server hamsters, or I shall be forced to demand a full subscription refund....

mynhair's picture

Here, have a sunflower seed, and STFU.  Ingrate.

Who the fuk is Taylor?

Arkadaba's picture

I've also had some issues today with reading and posting comments - thought it was my service provider but maybe not.

mynhair's picture

NFLX, bitchez!


then CSCO, why bother, the list is sooo long....

CSCO = Vendor financing, bitchez!

A Nanny Moose's picture

CSCO = Vendor financing, bitchez!


Bingo! Financing gear that depreciates worse than a car, worked so well for a couple of other former network giants.

lsbumblebee's picture

Cramer did his usual used car salesman shtick tonight. GS numbers not so bad, kick the tires and drive it around the block. Face: beet red. Grin: shit-eatin. For a minute I thought I actually smelled cheetos. 

Oh regional Indian's picture

Having been in ZH land for a while now and completely disconnected from the MSM, I have to wonder, are there still people who trade stocks based on analcyst's recommendations?

Is the reality not clear all around? Who listens to these guys? Fund managers? probably not. Joe6? No munny, funny or otherwise. Foreign investors? Maybe.

But generally, if you cannot make your own choices, life is tough, because you always get to blame some other fool.

In india, the hottest craze is stock tips by SMS, Rs. 10 a day. Mass rip-off. No recourse. :-)


lsbumblebee's picture

I think luring suckers into the market is just a fringe benefit. They're really only selling themselves, or a book, or cisco or aflac, or the myth of free markets.

Cursive's picture

If we didn't know that Harry Wanger was actually Prof. K, this would make one think that Harry Wanger was a sell side analyst from miller tabak.  Hell, if it's bulltard price targets you're after, just drop by ZH to read HW's comments or Leo.

cclaeys's picture

are you now doing editorials on Robo? Exactly what dude says he does and why he posted his permabear video. Come clean (you can even give us the Cranker puppy dog look) and admit it is your 4th persona - "Tyler".

firstdivision's picture

What the F is going on with DDS in AH?

JohnG's picture

Don't like the REIT or captive insurance.

FredHayden's picture

FFIV recommendations (from

18-Jan-11 Reiterated RBC Capital Mkts Outperform $130 → $150 14-Jan-11 Reiterated Canaccord Genuity Hold $120 → $150 11-Jan-11 Reiterated Wedbush Outperform $135 → $155 06-Jan-11 Reiterated Miller Tabak Buy $130 → $170 06-Jan-11 Initiated Wunderlich Hold $139 09-Dec-10 Reiterated Deutsche Bank Buy $130 → $145


zaknick's picture

What I want to know is what  happened to the real Tyler Durden. This replacement guy is a wimpy imitation of our once fearless leader. I mean seriously, don't you guys notice it's not the same guy? 


I am a Man I am Forty's picture

i noticed, but not necessarily from this one 

Justaman's picture

Wow, what a shock! Sell side analysts blowing smoke?  IMO they are STILL just conduits for IB.  As ORI said who relies on the sell side for company research anyway?  I can see industry background helps but target prices?  Really?  Bueller?

Nothing has changed since the good ol' days for these folks.  Roadshows, um I mean, management meetings have always been extremely productive for investors {sarcasm on}. 

Cdad's picture

Anyone with a scintilla of experience with the markets knows to ignore analyst calls.  They act in the capacity of endorsing the holders of shares, not the shares themselves.

The supposed "Chinese Wall" separating the brokers from the analysts...JOKE!  Just another reason that the current crop of criminal syndicate Wall Street bankers needs to be swept clean...and a new crop brought with a sense of morality.  Time to part ways with this 80s crowd.

We will not heal from this economic disaster until the parties responsible are removed from the financial system.  To pretend otherwise is to ignore the obvious and extend the pain in the aftermath.



scatterbrains's picture

leads me to wonder if when a pattern of upgrades on a stock come in a cluster over the coarse of a few weeks might be a distribution sell signal.

topcallingtroll's picture

Then grab a broom.and join us cdad. we are ready to rumble in a mostly peaceful way. I did say mostly.

Sophist Economicus's picture

You said momo ..huh huh huh

fellatio is not fattening's picture

I'm a fairly newbie Futures Trader, been doing stocks & options for 30+ years.  I've done OK with crude/silver/gold and Platinum the last 2-3 weeks, bought some Australian Dollars this a.m., any opinions from more intelligent folks than me?  Thanks in advance

topcallingtroll's picture

If you havent read up on basic analysis of volatility.and quantitative methods in futures options and derivatives you should do so. I.also think.if you dont understand delta hedging you should be careful. Otherwise you are just another speculator who is an easy mark for the big boys in the long run in spite of any.short term success. The person taking the opposite of the retail speculators trade is ten times more experienced. Always question why he is so eager to take the other side of your trade.

topcallingtroll's picture

I am not more intelligent but always willing to give an opinion.

jkruffin's picture

The scam is coming to an end real soon folks, real soon. Companies, even after all the massive layoffs over the years, are now once again struggling to meet their reduced numbers. These are the first signs we are seeing, as we did in late 2007 thru 2008, leading to the collapse of the ponzi the FED has once again created. Companies are even making and threatening more layoffs even as early as now reading today's news. Many months ago, there were several of us on ZH that said you can only prop up your fake profits with layoffs for so long, then these liars will have to pay the piper. The only way a company can grow is expand their business and sales, not layoff their employees in the masses to make it appear everything is okay.

Even "doing God's work" Goldman cannot fight the elephant any longer, as noted in their decrepit earnings release. Time to load up on SKF, FAZ, and short the Russell 2000 as it will be the first to crash hard. Short the E-mini S&P (ES0) as it will crash behind it.

The FED has not only ruined America, but has drug the rest of the world down with it, as other countries that adopted the FED bailout scam and prop jobs are falling like dominoes.

Dismal Scientist's picture

Listening to analysts a fast way to the poorhouse. They know this, and they don't care. The game is better be wrong in a herd, than right as an outlier, since being wrong as an outlier (always a possibility) usually results in job termination. Unless you're Jon Nadler, clearly.

topcallingtroll's picture

Keynes, otherwise affectionately called el diablo, had a good quote on the subject. It is better to fail conventionally than succeed unconventionally.

topcallingtroll's picture

You forgot to add "bitchez."

topcallingtroll's picture

I hate to sound like a troll, but anyone now in silver and gold is also a momo speculator. I wonder how many people in silver know the difference between speculation and investment? If you do, then i wont criticise your speculative choices but never pretend.that silver is an investment unless it is a small part of a well constructed portfolio.

fellatio is not fattening's picture

I appreciate your replies, unfortunately for me the issue of Delta, etc. are greek, I absolutely understand the difference between investing and speculating, however with the short term nature of the contracts other than buying contracts that are 12 months out insn't every "transaction" (dont want to say trade) is speculation, no?  I understand the shortage of silver, the use of gold in lieu of paper currency, etc. so i'm not completely uneducated, but I need to understand other commodities i.e. grains, currencies, etc.  BTW, WTF!! happened this a.m., gold, silver, crude and Aussie dollar are all kickin my ass.   Thanks much for the information, it is appreciated

max2205's picture

FFIV gets 4 more upgrades the morning after. Unreal. What balls