Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Dick Bove weighs client opinion in Citi rating

1:39 PM, March 22, 2010 ι By Mark DeCambre

It's rare on Wall Street for clients to tell financial analysts how to do their jobs -- but apparently, that's what Dick Bove's clients do.
The Rochdale Securities analyst raised Citi's rating to Buy from Neutral in a research note released today. But that's not the interesting element. By lifting his rating on Citi, which has been a beset by problems tied to the government's massive stake in it, the outspoken analyst is kowtowing to his clients wishes.
"I feared that the government’s potential sale of 7.7 billion shares would cause the issue to fall before it could rise," Bove wrote. "The clients’ view is that this is poor thinking on my part. Either I liked the stock’s long term outlook or I did not they claimed. The price of the offering was already priced in.
"There are two core questions. 1) Do you like this company or not? 2) Do you believe the price of the stock will get to $8.50 per share in the next few years or not? The answers are yes and yes. Then say clients I should have a Buy on the stock.," he concludes.

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Sunday, March 21, 2010

What is CFD?

A contract for difference (or CFD) is a contract between two parties, typically described as "buyer" and "seller", stipulating that the seller will pay to the buyer the difference between the current value of an asset and its value at contract time. (If the difference is negative, then the buyer pays instead to the seller.)
For example, when applied to equities, such a contract is an equity derivative that allows investors to speculate on share price movements, without the need for ownership of the underlying shares. In effect CFDs are financial derivatives that allow investors to take long or short positions on underlying financial instruments and are often used to speculate on those markets.
CFDs are currently available in the United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Singapore, South Africa, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Sweden, France, Ireland, Japan and Spain. Some other securities markets, such as Hong Kong, have plans to issue CFDs in the near future. CFDs are not permitted in the United States, due to restrictions by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on over-the-counter (OTC) financial instruments.