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Chapter 11. Snakes and Ladders: Spinning... > Red Flag 5: When an Analyst Stops Co...

Red Flag 5: When an Analyst Stops Covering a Company without Notice

If an analyst suddenly stops issuing reports and recommendations on a company it is often bad news, unless, that is, they have moved to another job. When the Internet boom turned to bust, some analysts quietly stopped covering once-high-flying companies as they slipped into bankruptcy and liquidation or fire sale—without formally telling investors. The reports and the recommendations would just stop coming out. That practice is supposed to stop under new rules that require brokerages to notify clients when an analyst has stopped covering a company.


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