(Corrects day of the week to Thursday)
NEW YORK, April 14 Wall Street veteran Joseph
Battipaglia, a widely quoted stock-market strategist for Stifel
Nicolaus & Co who made his name during the dot-com boom, died
on Thursday, a spokeswoman for the firm said.
Battipaglia, who was the chief investment strategist since
2007 at the Yardley, Pa., firm, was 55. He had worked at
Stifel's predecessors, Ryan Beck & Co, and Gruntal & Co, since
The Stifel spokeswoman did not give a cause of death.
Stifel Nicolaus is the broker/dealer subsidiary of Stifel
Financial Corp. (SF.N).
The burly Wall Street veteran was a frequent presence on
television, particularly during the bull market run in the
1990s, when he maintained a largely upbeat stance on the market
and in some ways was an embodiment of the bullishness of the
In more recent years, he had been less positive on
"Besides the obvious physical attributes of looking like a
linebacker, the best way to say it was that he was a very
generous guy," said Vinny Catalano, chief investment strategist
at Blue Marble Research.
"He truly was a gentle giant. He was a lot of fun to
interact with both professionally and personally, and it's
truly a large loss."
(Reporting by David Gaffen; Editing by Dan Grebler)