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Employee of a brokerage or fund management house who studies companies and makes buy-and-sell recommendations on stocks of these companies. Most specialize in a specific industry.


A person who examines information to determine what it indicates about a company, situation, or anything else. The information observed by an analyst depends on the type of analysis being conducted. For example, technical analysts use statistics to determine future price movements of securities, while fundamental analysts look at indicators of a company's intrinsic value. Analysts may use qualitative or quantitative information, or both.



A financial analyst tracks the performance of companies and industries, evaluates their potential value as investments, and makes recommendations on specific securities.

When the most highly respected analysts express a strong opinion about a stock, there is often an immediate impact on that stock's price as investors rush to follow the advice.

Some analysts work for financial institutions, such as mutual fund companies, brokerage firms, and banks. Others work for analytical services, such as Value Line, Inc., Morningstar, Inc., Standard & Poor's, or Moody's Investors Service, or as independent evaluators.

Analysts' commentaries also appear regularly in the financial press, and on radio, television, and the Internet.

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