ABOUT ZACKS BROKERAGE RESEARCH DIGEST REPORTS
Imagine you own stock in a large company like Microsoft. As you probably know there are over 20 brokerage firms that have a full research report and recommendation on the stock. How could you ever gain access to all 20 reports? Plain and simply; you couldn't. In fact, you would have a hard time even getting your hands on more than 1 of these reports without a direct relationship with each brokerage firm. Now thanks to Research Digest reports from Zacks, you can discover what all the firms are saying about your stocks.
As the name implies these "digest" reports summarize the full body of research done by brokerage firms for the company in question. We dig below the surface issues to present you the true sentiment of what Wall Streets best minds think of these stocks.
These reports were created for our professional clients, but are now making them available to individual investors. Each day you will find 3 new free Research Digest reports Zacks.com. To gain full access to all Research Digest Reports you need to be a member of Zacks Premium.
Breadth of Coverage
We now provide Research Digest reports on 700+ widely followed stocks. (See the full list here). Why not more? This is a labor intensive process that requires a skilled investment professional to dissect sometimes upwards of 40 research reports for a single stock. Then they have to boil down the important essence for our clients. We have covered the largest, most followed stocks and will continue to add coverage as appropriate.
Section by Section Breakdown of the Reports
There are several important sections that comprise a Research Digest report. Below is a listing of what you will find in each section.
Front Page/Overview: Here you will receive all the basics.
- Company Name and Ticker
- Current Price
- Date of the Report
- Names of the Zacks Research Associates who wrote the report
- Profile of what businesses the company is engaged in
Key Positive Arguments/Key Negative Arguments: Side by side comparison of the main arguments for and against investment in the stock.
Sales: Detailed discussion of past revenue trends and future estimates. Breakdown of revenue by business segment including future outlook.
Margins: Past, present and future picture of changes in gross, operating and net margins.
Earnings Per Share: Sales and margin discussion culminate in detailing the earnings per share landscape for the firm.
Long Term Growth: Heavy concentration on the earnings growth outlook for the company as this is generally a main driver of future share prices.
Target Price/Valuation: Analysis of the Target Price assigned by the brokerage firms to the stock to give sense of current premium or discount to fair value. Most importantly has there been movement in the target and why?
Other Discussion: Any other item of note such as cash flow, product updates, management changes etc. are detailed here.
Conclusion When you understand the importance of Wall Street sentiment on your stocks, then you will find it hard not to review the Research Digest reports for all your stocks.
Research Digest Resources
- Today's Free Reports: Every day we provide 3 new Research Digest reports. The remaining 700 are only available to Zacks Premium members.
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