General Electric ( GE) on Friday will dump mountains of data on us in what seems has become a monthly event. This is just a routine quarterly conference call, though, rather than an extra special data dump of the kind they've been scheduling in recent months in a futile attempt to calm investors down. One such marathon conference call last month lasted six hours. I couldn't bear to listen to the whole thing, so I bailed after an hour or so and read a couple of analyst reports after it ended. Here's a sampling of their insight: Jason Feldman of UBS wrote, "Lots of new details from GE yesterday...enough to support almost any view." OK, Jason. And Jason's view is (drumroll, please): Neutral, unchanged. Way to go out on a limb, my man! Not to single out Feldman. Guess what rating Nicole Parent of Credit Suisse slapped on there after the six-hour meeting? Did you say neutral, unchanged? How'd you guess? The whole thing: the data dump, the neutral reports from the Swiss banks (yeah, the Swiss were really neutral in World War II!) just makes me want to slit my throat. At times like that, since I can't slit my throat, but have to actually write something about GE, I want to hear from Nick Heymann of Sterne Agee. Sterne Agee is one of these little research boutiques that seem to appear out of nowhere, even though they usually tell you on their Web site they've been around since 1492. Because they're little and not publicly-traded, they tend to be more hospitable to grizzled old guys who have seen it all and really don't care what anyone thinks of them. (see: Richard X. Bove, currently of Rochdale Securities).