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Analyst: BlackBerry 10 could be a failure like the BlackBerry PlayBook

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Analyst: BlackBerry 10 could be a failure like the BlackBerry PlayBook
On Friday, we told you about institutional brokerage firm Detwiler Fenton's bearish report on RIM that it sent out to its clients. On Monday, two more analysts stepped in with bearish comments of their own. Brian Blair, an analyst at Wedge Partners, compared the anticipation for BlackBerry 10 to that for the BlackBerry PlayBook which ultimately failed to do much for RIM in the tablet market. Blair says the recent rally in the stock, which has seen the price of the shares nearly double to $12 since August, has been overdone.

Will BB10 turn out to be overhyped like the BlackBerry PlayBook?
Pacific Crest analyst James Faucette echoes Blair's bearish stance on BlackBerry 10, saying that despite the update, BB10 won't help RIM get any closer to iOS and Android in terms of features. Faucette said that reviews of BlackBerry 10 will probably show that the OS will offer less than the existing platforms out there. The analyst believes that unless RIM takes an ax to its pricing for the new line of phones it will offer, it will be a "very tough sell."

Not all analysts are bearish on the stock of the Canadian manufacturer. Peter Misek of Jefferies who at one time was like Blair and Faucette, is now bullish on RIM. Misek sees the stock rising as high as $43 in the next 12 months which would require a better than 360% gain from the stock's current price, slightly under $12.


source: BGR

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