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How to read between the lines of analyst research

Earnings forecasts (and the analysts who make them) tend to come in for a bit of stick from seasoned investors. But while their accuracy is sometimes criticised, those forecasts underpin two of the most important measures of so-called ‘earnings momentum’ in companies - forecast upgrades and earnings surprises. Strategies that focus on these events have been doing very well over the past year.

Analysts are supposed to have a deep understanding of the quoted companies they cover. Detailed research and regular access to management means they can work up valuation models and make predictions about future sales and profitability.

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