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Is It Worth Investing in Builders FirstSource Based on Wall Street's Bullish Views?

When deciding whether to buy, sell, or hold a stock, investors often rely on analyst recommendations. Media reports about rating changes by these brokerage-firm-employed (or sell-side) analysts often influence a stock's price, but are they really important? Let's take a look at what these Wall Street heavyweights have to say about Builders FirstSource (NYSE: BLDR) before we discuss the reliability of brokerage recommendations and how to use them to your advantage. Builders FirstSource currently has an average brokerage recommendation of 1.69, on a scale of 1 to 5 (Strong Buy to Strong Sell), calculated based on the actual recommendations (Buy, Hold, Sell, etc.) made by 16 brokerage firms. An ABR of 1.69 approximates between Strong Buy and Buy. Of the 16 recommendations that derive the current ABR, 10 are Strong Buy and one is Buy. Strong Buy and Buy respectively account for 62.5% and 6.3% of all recommendations. Brokerage Recommendation Trends for BLDR The ABR suggests buying Builders FirstSource, 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? The vested interest of ...