(Updated Fri, Nov 20, 2009 for DFR) Thomson Reuters Company (which has a Starmine accuracy score of 100) issued a PDF, in-context report, quantifying a "BUY" rating on DEERFIELD CAPITAL CORP.
This is a proprietary result, using the 'Gradient Opinion' to rate the stock.
Investment Methodology: Gradient Analytics, Inc (Gradient) is a private firm specializing in engineering stock rating systems and in providing independent specialized research to institutional clients. Gradient's exhaustive list of ratings include MSN/CNBC Money's StockScouter, and numerous institutional stock rating systems. Gradient also provides proprietary ratings of earnings quality, fundamental and valuation elements directly to institutional clients. Gradient was founded in 1996 by two former tenured professors, Dr. Carr Bettis and Dr. Donn Vickrey. Today the team consists of more than 30 financial engineers, research and business analysts and technology personnel. The Gradient Opinion is an empirically-derived and historically back-tested stock rating system with buy, sell and hold opinions. To develop a rating, the quantitative system analyzes a firm's earnings quality, balance sheet, and income statement, conducts technical and valuation analysis, and evaluates the transactions made by the company's management and directors (i.e. insiders).
Distribution of Investment Ratings: As of 11/13/2009, Gradient Analytics covered 4525 companies, with 17.9% rated Buy, 65.6% rated Hold, and 16.6% rated Sell. Gradient Analytics does not engage in investment banking services.
Conclusion (imo only)- with DFR is part of the 17.9% (of 4525 Co's) rated as a BUY, along with the fact that it is far below its 52-Week High (USD) of $10.39, this currently shows well as a prudent time to invest.