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5 Broker-Friendly Stocks to Tide Over Market Volatility
The Q3 earnings season, which is over for most of the 16 Zacks sectors, has unveiled a rosy picture with many companies reporting better-than-expected earnings. According to the latest Earnings Outlook, 78.7% of the 488 S&P 500 companies that have reported thus far having outperformed earnings estimates.
This is highly encouraging as an earnings beat generally leads to stock price appreciation. Investors like to add outperformers to their portfolios, which can fetch them handsome returns
Market Volatility on the Rise
Despite the impressive Q3 performance, the U.S. equity market has been witnessing a roller coaster ride over the past two months. While trade-related tensions with China continue to be a source of worry, expectations of higher interest rates in the near future and plunging crude oil prices have also increased investors’ concern. Moreover, the decline in technology stocks has further added to concerns.
The heightened volatility is reflected in the significant increase in the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX).
Proper Guidance – A Must in this Scenario
With market participants gripped by fears on the one hand and robust earnings numbers on the other, selecting potential winning stocks is a difficult task.
Furthermore, with a huge number of stocks available in the market at any point of time, spotting potential outperformers is by no means an easy task for individual investors. In the absence of proper guidance, identifying a winning stock is akin to searching for ‘a needle in a haystack’.
Additionally, with time at a premium these days, it is next to impossible for investors to go through the extensive process. Given this backdrop, it is in the best interest of investors to seek guidance from “experts in the field." The concerned experts are brokers.
Broker Advice to the Rescue
To avoid such confusion, investors, more often than not rely on guidance provided by brokers who are deemed to be experts in the field. The opinion of brokers is highly sought after by investors as they have a clear insight into the nitty gritty of the investment world. Individual investors, more often than not, do not have access to such detailed and well-researched information.
Out of the three types of brokers (sell-side, buy-side and independent) present, sell-side analysts are the most common. They are employed by various brokerage firms to provide unbiased opinion on stocks. Meanwhile, buy-side analysts are employed by hedge funds, mutual funds and others while independent analysts directly sell their reports to investors.
Brokers revise their earnings estimates after carefully examining the pros and cons of an event for the concerned stock. Naturally, their stock related actions (upgrade or downgrade) serve as an invaluable guide as far as fixing target price of stock (s) is concerned.
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