Fast Action Heroes

Hedge fund managers prize Wall Street research analysts with fast delivery and doable advice. Here are theri favorites.

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Pharmaceuticals industry analyst C. Anthony Butler of Lehman Brothers has been leaving most of the number crunching to his deputies since Merck & Co. began fighting product liability lawsuits over its arthritis drug Vioxx in 2005. Instead of churning out earnings notes and other research in his New York office, Butler flew to Angleton, Texas, where he sat through the entire five-week first Vioxx trial.

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