Mike Abramsky’s bad RIM advice

I hate to pick on any particular analyst -- especially one with as good a track record as RBC Capital's Mike Abramsky -- but this is hard to resist.

When we last visited Mr. Abramsky, he had issued a price target for Apple (aapl) of $70 -- the lowest of all the analysts who track the stock -- three weeks before the shares shot past $100. See Mike Abramsky's bad Apple advice.

Well, he's done it again, only on the other side of the trade, and this time with Research in Motion (rimm), maker of the BlackBerry -- the iPhone's chief competitor.

On Jan. 20, two business days after he downgraded Apple to "underperform," Abramsky upgraded RIM to "overperform" and raised his price target from $45 to $75. (link)

This morning, three weeks and a day later, RIM issued a warning that its fourth quarter earnings and margins will be coming in at the low end of its prior guidance -- and well below the Street's expectations. (See here.) The stock opened at $50.20, off nearly 7 points, and closed at $48.76, down 14.5%.

As an aside, last week, Abramsky was the co-recipient of iPhone Asia's tongue-in-cheek Dean ("Animal House") Wormer award for bad advice. His firm's initials, of course, stand for Royal Bank of Canada, and the publication was suggesting that Abramsky was favoring a Canadian company (RIM) over an American (Apple). See here.  I find that hard to believe. Neither Abramsky nor RBC Capital's spokespeople has responded to our requests for comment.

All products and services featured are based solely on editorial selection. FORTUNE may receive compensation for some links to products and services on this website.

Quotes delayed at least 15 minutes. Market data provided by Interactive Data. ETF and Mutual Fund data provided by Morningstar, Inc. Dow Jones Terms & Conditions: http://www.djindexes.com/mdsidx/html/tandc/indexestandcs.html. S&P Index data is the property of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. and its licensors. All rights reserved. Terms & Conditions. Powered and implemented by Interactive Data Managed Solutions