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About Investment Analysts

Research analysts who study publicly traded companies and make buy and sell recommendations exert considerable influence in today's marketplace. The mere mention of a company by a popular analyst can temporarily cause its stock to rise or fall. While analysts provide an important source of information, their recommendations may not be suited to your personal circumstances.

In the article Analyzing Analyst Recommendations, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission explains the role of the analyst and advises investors to do their own homework before investing.