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Brokers Suggest Investing in Boston Scientific: Read This Before Placing a Bet

The recommendations of Wall Street analysts are often relied on by investors when deciding whether to buy, sell, or hold a stock. Media reports about these brokerage-firm-employed (or sell-side) analysts changing their ratings often affect a stock's price. Do they really matter, though? Let's take a look at what these Wall Street heavyweights have to say about Boston Scientific (NYSE: BSX) before we discuss the reliability of brokerage recommendations and how to use them to your advantage. Boston Scientific currently has an average brokerage recommendation of 1.29, 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 1.29 approximates between Strong Buy and Buy. Of the 24 recommendations that derive the current ABR, 19 are Strong Buy and three are Buy. Strong Buy and Buy respectively account for 79.2% and 12.5% of all recommendations. Brokerage Recommendation Trends for BSX While the ABR calls for buying Boston Scientific, it may not be wise to make an investment decision solely based on this information. Several studies have shown limited to no success of brokerage recommendations in guiding investors to pick stocks with the best price increase potential. Are you wondering ...