Zezas said the bank plans to further test its conclusions. Their next step is to gather more official statements, get more data and solicit feedback from clients. The bank said the findings could help analysts when they are asked to provide a quick take on a new bond deal, not serve as their computerized replacements.

“We don’t recommend cursory credit analysis,” Zezas and Schmidt said in their report to clients. “However, sometimes a simple rule-of-thumb can help.”

--With assistance from Jeremy R. Cooke.

This article was provided by Bloomberg News.

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