With Great Regret Stifel Nicolaus Informs Clients It Had To Downgrade Bank Of America To Hold

Hilarious: "We are downgrading BAC to Hold from Buy. Sadly, this action goes against our better fundamental analysis/judgment especially after the company reported 3Q10 results that we believe were better than many feared. Does the fact the company is trading at 90% of reported tangible book value of $12.91 matter? It should, in our view. But, unfortunately it doesn’t – at least not right now." In other words, "unfortunately" the sellside ponzinomics model is breaking down when the rule of law has to be followed. How "sad" indeed.