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Take-Two Is Considered a Good Investment by Brokers: Is That True?

Investors often turn to recommendations made by Wall Street analysts before making a Buy, Sell, or Hold decision about a stock. While media reports about rating changes by these brokerage-firm employed (or sell-side) analysts often affect a stock's price, do they really matter? Let's take a look at what these Wall Street heavyweights have to say about Take-Two Interactive (NASDAQ: TTWO) before we discuss the reliability of brokerage recommendations and how to use them to your advantage. Take-Two currently has an average brokerage recommendation of 1.42, on a scale of 1 to 5 (Strong Buy to Strong Sell), calculated based on the actual recommendations (Buy, Hold, Sell, etc.) made by 24 brokerage firms. An ABR of 1.42 approximates between Strong Buy and Buy. Of the 24 recommendations that derive the current ABR, 18 are Strong Buy and two are Buy. Strong Buy and Buy respectively account for 75% and 8.3% of all recommendations. Brokerage Recommendation Trends for TTWO The ABR suggests buying Take-Two, but making an investment decision solely on the basis of this information might not be a good idea. According to several studies, brokerage recommendations have little to no success guiding investors to choose stocks with the most potential for price appreciation. Are you wondering why? ...