The public can use the wisdom provided by Wall Street any number of ways. Whether taking it at face value or viewing it more suspiciously, there is usually some intelligent means of employing their advice in your stock purchases or short sell decisions.

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Take, for example, analyst "buy" ratings. What they're worth in and of themselves is an open question. How much they're worth when perfect uniformity exists among analysts is more difficult to determine. Does one assume that investors far and wide will buy because of analyst decree? Or should that uniformity turn us to a more contrarian point of view? (For related reading, check out Analyst Recommendations: Do Sell Ratings Exist?)

Analysts are currently singing in near-perfect unison on the following stocks. We leave it up to you to decide the next move.

Mad Scientist This!
Thermo Fisher Scientific (NYSE:TMO) manufactures a wide range of products for the scientific community, including everything from computer software for analysis and diagnostics to laboratory items. In early December, 14 analysts of the 15 that cover the company placed "buy" ratings on Thermo Fisher Scientific's shares. That's a remarkable 93% level of agreement.

Cognizant Technology Solutions (Nasdaq:CTSH), a $13 billion company by market cap, provides information technology consulting services to clients globally. Shares of Cognizant Technology Solutions have


21 out of 23 Wall Street
analysts issuing "buy" orders, for a 91.3% consensus on the stock.

Flowserve (NYSE:FLS) manufactures pumps, valves, seals and other precision products and systems that control liquid flow. The stock had a very impressive rally in 2009, with 10 out of 11 analysts who follow the company issuing "buy" ratings, as of early December. That's an impressive 90% level of accord.

90% of Wall Street Analysts Agree
CMS Energy (NYSE:CMS) is an energy utility that provides electricity and natural gas to 6.5 million residents in the state of Michigan. CMS Energy garners 90% agreement among the 11 analysts who cover it. The company has a market cap of $3.5 billion. (For related reading, check out What To Know About Financial Analysts.)

Google (Nasdaq:GOOG) is covered by


40 Wall Street
firms, of which 36 give it a "buy" rating. Google currently operates the most profitable search engine on the World Wide Web.

The Wrap
According to an old saying, when everyone agrees on the prospects of a stock, it's time to be a contrarian and start fading the consensus. Whether this wisdom applies to these stocks at this particular time... only the stars can say. (For more on this topic, read Stock Ratings: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly.) Use the Investopedia Stock Simulator to trade the stocks mentioned in this stock analysis article, risk free!

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