Analyst

Business / Taxes / Analyst: 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.

Financial Analysts

Business / Finance / Financial Analysts: Analysis of a company's financial statement, often by financial analysts. MORE

Sell-Side Analyst

Business / Finance / Sell-Side Analyst: A financial analyst who works for a brokerage firm and whose recommendations are passed on to the brokerage firm's customers. Also called a Wall Street analyst. MORE

Buy-Side Analyst

Business / Finance / Buy-Side Analyst: A financial analyst employed by a nonbrokerage firm, typically one of the larger money management firms that purchases securities on its own account. MORE

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