quoth gravytrainau, "so if we all follow analyst rec's then we will all be rich beyond imagination? Mmmm."
A purely herd-mentality OR contrarian approach is well demonstrated to be a failing strategy. People like myself invest in RHAT because we have done significant research and respect the company and its business plan.
THAT is the one and only reason to invest in a company. Analysts are useful for poiting your attention in a new direction, but that does not negate your need for solid, independant research.