I think investment firms fire analysts who rely on semi-anonymous public forum opinions. People can write anything here whether it is true or not. For example: "that company is derogatory towards women because of the first part of its name," which is not true of course.
I obviously wouldn't be relying solely on semi-anonymous public forum opinions. On the contrary, you'd be surprised at how valuable the opinion of real world industry participants are compared to the amount of spin put out by the companies themselves and their bankers.
There seems to be a lot of sharp and helpful folks here, but I'm open to suggestions on where you think I can find reliable information on my question elsewhere.