A study of analyst recommendations at the major brokerages shows that Pfizer Inc ( PFE) is the #15 broker pick, on average, out of the 30 stocks making up the Dow Jones Industrial Average, according to ETF Channel. Within the broader S&P 500, when components were ranked in terms of analyst favorites, PFE claims the #242 spot.In forming this rank, the analyst opinions from the major brokerage houses were tallied, and averaged; then, the underlying components were ranked according to those averages. Investors often interpret analyst opinions from different angles — a popular analyst pick could mean that many sharp minds individually came to the same bullish conclusion, and therefore the stock should do well, but it could also mean that if the company stumbles, that would come as a negative surprise. From the other direction, when companies have a low rank among analysts, it isn't necessarily the case that investors should conclude that the stock will perform poorly. It can, of course, but a bullish investor could also take the contrarian angle and read into the data that there is lots of room for upside because the stock is so out of favor. For these reasons, we at ETF Channel find value to putting together these rankings, because both the top and the bottom ends of the lists can often make for some interesting stock picking ideas for further research. Below is a chart of rank over time:
According to the ETF Finder at ETF Channel, PFE makes up 9.88% of the iShares U.S. Pharmaceuticals ETF (IHE) which is trading lower by about 0.5% on the day Tuesday.PFE operates in the Drugs & Pharmaceuticals sector, among companies like Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) which is off about 0.2% today, and Novartis (NVS) trading higher by about 0.3%. Below is a three month price history chart comparing the stock performance of PFE, versus JNJ and NVS. PFE is currently trading down about 1.4% midday Tuesday.