As we pointed out the day after we broke the news that Paulson is about to suffer a historic loss on the Sino Forest Chinese fraud (a loss that has now been realized), the Paulson analyst who suggested this humiliating investment for the man who is now best known for hiring Paolo Pellegrini, have long since seen the pink slip. The story however does not end there: below we present again the sell side analysts who had Buy and Outperform ratings on what is now the biggest financial ponzi fraud since Madoff. In order to protect the reputation of such host firms as Raymond James, Dundee Securities, TD Newcrest, Credit Suisse, RBC, BMO and Scotia Capital, we urge the management teams to immediately terminate the following sell-side "analysts" whose work on TRE.TO was nothing but piggybacking on groupthink, doing absolutely no actual due diligence, costing clients billions in losses, and whose names will now forever be enshrined in the pantheon of "most worthless sellside analysts" ever.
TRE.TO analyst coverage as of June 3.
In fact, the termination round should start with Dundee's Richard Kelerats:
Funny how quick Kelertas changes his opinion on a topic in which he was absolutely certain as recently as 6 days ago:
Mr. Kelertas didn’t mince his words. From the get-go his goal was to explain “why Muddy Waters’ research is a pile of crap” and he went about his attack by addressing specific issues that Mr. Block has raised.
“All indications are that there are no fraudulent activities, no overstatements. We believe in the company. We trust the company after they have come through with various disclosures,” Mr. Kelertas said.
If Sino-Forest has done nothing wrong, why hasn’t its stock rebounded from its devastating drop? Mr. Kelertas has a theory. For starters, before the report was released, markets were already nervous because QE2 is winding down and there are fears of a Chinese economic slowdown. But more important, there was a growing short position in Sino-Forest’s stock so investors were primed to jump at anything overly negative. Plus, allegations of wrongdoing against China Forest Holdings Co. Ltd., another Chinese forest plantation operator, broke earlier this year, so investors had that weighing on their minds.
Or, and here's a thought, sellside analysts are worthless, piggybacking, groupthink-pursuing pieces of s....cum?