Reading obscure financial information may look and feel like productive work, but most of this content has little chance of leading to better results, says Robert Martorana, CFA. So portfolio managers must learn to read fast and quickly detect nonsense.
Is an analyst with prior industry experience more likely to be on target with his earnings forecasts and stand a better chance of being named to Institutional Investor magazine’s All-America Research Team? In a word, yes. At least that was the conclusion of a recently published study which examined the biographical data and earnings estimates of 2,590 analysts over a period of nearly three decades.
A recent study designed to decipher the “black box” of sell-side analyst decision making sheds new light on the driving forces behind two important outputs of their work: earnings estimates and stock recommendations.
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