Another quick look at the ratings for Blackstone Group indicate that despite all current indications to the contrary and the potential for massive tax increases on the company by a Democratic congress, big banks still will not piss off a potential big customer
Here is the list (updated as of Friday)
Credit Suisse (CS)= Outperform
Lehman (LEH)= Outperform
Morgan Stanley (MS)= Overweight
Merrill Lynch (MER)= Buy
Deutche Bank (DB)= Buy
Citigroup (C)= Buy
Bank Of America (BAC)= Buy
Wachovia (WAC)= MarketPerform
All great ratings for a company with a deteriorating business environment, tightening credit markets, political hostilities, and increasing competition.
I have to wonder that if Blackstone did not generate almost all it's business through loans made by these very companies that generate billions in fees for the banks, would the ratings be so good? If they sold candy, had no real use for the banks and had the same current business environment, would they still be a "outperform"?
I do not think so either...