Apparently the SEC started to look into these Apple "channel checks" analysts a few years ago, what happened?
Is it a coincidence that a week before option expiration yet another "channel "check" article hits the wsj using "sources familiar with the matter". (But only suggesting weak demand as the cause.)
It's crap like this, that gets allowed to happen, that cause the retail investor to give the finger to Wall Street.
Trading, in any market base product, is no place for the faint of heart, but the obviousness of last night's wsj article spits in the face of all those trying to regulate the market.