Thursday, April 21, 2011

Joe Battipaglia

Read in Richard Band's Journal that Joe Battipaglia passed away of a heart attack.

Wall Street veteran Joseph Battipaglia, chief market strategist at Stifel Nicolaus, died at 55 from an apparent heart attack on Thursday according to Fox Business Network.

Battipaglia, well known in the finance industry for his opinionated views, was the former chairman of investment policy at brokerage Ryan Beck & Co, before it was acquired by Stifel in 2007. He also worked in executive positions at Gruntal & Co. and as an analyst at Exxon Corporation and Elkins & Co.

Battipaglia made a name for himself a decade ago as a consummate Wall Street optimist, remaining bullish on stocks up to and following the he bursting of the Internet bubble. His willingness to express his opinion to anyone who asked, unlimited availability and never-ending enthusiasm for the financial markets made him a media darling.

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Kudlow says goodbye.

Cavuto remembers Joe.

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