remember Enron, lies and conflict
GOLDMAN SACHS, October 9, 2001 -
Recommended List Large-Cap Growth
Price:US$33.45 Target price: US$48 S&P 500: 1051
United States Enron Corp. (ENE)
Gas & Power Convergence
Still the best of the best. With perceptions far below reality, we see major catalysts in third-quarter results and increased
disclosure in coming months. We strongly reiterate our Recommended List rating and our conviction in high and sustained growth prospects, even though we have cut 2002 EPS to $2.15 and our price target to $48. We expect Enron shares to recover dramatically in the coming months. We view the current period as an extremely rare opportunity to purchase the shares of a company that remains extremely well positioned to grow at a substantial rate and earn strong returns in the still-very-young and evolving energy convergence space.
We strongly reiterate our Recommended List rating on Enron stock. We spoke recently with top management including the CEO, CFO, chief accounting officer, and the head of wholesale services.
We challenged top management on the wide range of investor concerns that have weighed heavily on the shares and believe that the majority of market speculation is groundless, and that which has some truth to it, to be exaggerated.
Misconceptions abound and perceptions are far below reality, in our view We believe that investors have virtually given up on Enron (down 60% year to date) and its prospects based on the long list of extremely negative stories about the company and its financial condition.
The company's limited transparency on its sources of earnings, its cash flow, and financials in general has hurt investor perceptions as management has declined to be more specific in refuting outrageous claims that have assumed a life of their own.
We believe Enron's fundamentals are still strong despite the weak economy. We view Enron as one of the best companies in the economy, let alone among the companies in our energy convergence space. We are confident in the company's ability to grow earnings more than 20% annually for the next five years, despite its already large base.
..."The world changed when the investment banks were required to pay significant dollars for the first time ever in WorldCom," said Sean Coffey, a lawyer at Bernstein Litowitz Berger and Grossmann in New York, who represented some of the WorldCom plaintiffs.
Coffey is co-lead counsel in a suit against 15 banks that sold securities of Refco Inc. (RFXCQ). Goldman, Bank of America Corp. (BAC) and Credit Suisse led a $583 million initial public offering for the commodities firm last August, less than three months before it filed for bankruptcy protection...
Article-In a Wall St. Hierarchy, Short Shrift to Little Guy
New York Times By GRETCHEN MORGENSON
Documents disclosed as part of yesterday's settlement show how Wall Street firms, in pursuit of investment banking fees, put the interests of their individual clients dead last.
As an analyst at Lehman Brothers told an institutional investor in an e-mail message, "well, ratings and price targets are fairly meaningless anyway," later adding, "but, yes, the `little guy' who isn't smart about the nuances may get misled, such is the nature of my business."
In a newly disclosed tactic, Morgan Stanley and four other brokerage firms paid rivals that agreed to publish positive reports on companies whose shares Morgan and others issued to the public. This practice made it appear that a throng of believers were recommending these companies' shares.
From 1999 through 2001, for example, Morgan Stanley paid about $2.7 million to approximately 25 other investment banks for these so-called research guarantees, regulators said. Nevertheless, the firm boasted in its annual report to shareholders that it had come through investigations of analyst conflicts of interest with its "reputation for integrity" maintained.
Among the firms receiving payments for their bullish research on companies whose offerings they did not manage were UBS Warburg and U.S. Bancorp Piper Jaffray. UBS received $213,000 and Piper Jaffray, more than $1.8 million.
What jumps off the page in these documents is the Wall Street firms' disregard for the individual investor in pursuit of personal benefit....
Goldman�s AMZN holdings at 6/30/07, 4.4 ml sh,, after buying 3 ml sh in the Quarter.