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What: Shares of for-profit educator Career Education
So what: Investors often look to Wall Street analysts for their views because they closely follow the companies they cover. So it's little surprise that investors would react harshly after an analyst at Argus Research cut Career Education's shares from buy to hold.
Now what: As I like to remind investors, no matter how closely analysts may follow a company, their rating on the stock is still just one person's view. To be sure, the analyst's take could be a good reason for shareholders to revisit their assumptions for the stock, but it's more likely foolish than Foolish to sell simply because an analyst has modified a rating.
Of course, it's also notable to point out that most of the losses on Career Education didn't hold. Fellow for-profit educator Apollo Group
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