Industry Analysis: An Overview

Why Wall Street Research?

Financial analysts examine the financial performance of public companies and industry sectors for the investor community. Their reports identify strategic industry issues and provide financial forecasts.

Before you use an analyst reports read this advice from FINRA - Five Things Investors Should Know about Analysts Reports.

Investor Presentations

Many companies post transcripts, PPTs or webcasts of management presentations at various investor events.  These can be bank-sponsored Conferences that focus on various industry sectors or a company sponsored Analyst Meeting.

Bloomberg, FactSet and S&P Capital IQ all offer transcripts of Investor Conferences.

Conference Calls

Companies often schedule conference calls to discuss their quarterly earnings and to report on important transactions like a merger or acquisition or change of management.  Large institutional investors and financial analysts listen in to the webcast and can ask questions.  Transcripts are often provided.

Transcripts of many earnings calls are free at the website Seeking Alpha.

For help with researching conference calls use the Newman Library guide to corporate earnings releases, earnings estimates, earnings guidance and earnings calls.

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