An investment professional who specializes in acquiring and analyzing data on a single company or industry and issuing future earnings and stock price performance estimates, and in some instances buy, sell, or hold recommendations. Analysts are most often employed by a brokerage firm, investment bank, or other financial institution, but sometimes are affiliated with an independent consulting or research firm. See Buy Side Analyst; Sell Side Analyst.
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