Will Rogers once famously said he never met a man he didn't like. Wall Street has taken that sentiment and applied it to the stock market in an extreme way.
Most analysts on the Street have rarely met an stock they didn't like, or at least weren't willing to hang out with for a while.
An analysis from Bespoke Investment Group on stock ratings paints the picture in stunning fashion: Of the 12,122 ratings there are of companies in the broad market index, just 6.67 percent carry a "sell" label. The balance consisted of 48.43 percent "buy" ratings and 44.9 percent "hold." (The full report, which is premium content, can be accessed here.)
What's more, there's nothing particularly striking about the numbers from a historic perspective. Bespoke's Paul Hickey said in the report that the "percentages are roughly inline with where they have always been." In fact, the level of "sell" positions increased slightly from the last time Bespoke looked at the trend in August.