Brokerage firms employ researchers to follow corporate sectors and report on prospects for companies within those groups. Their reports provide the basis for buy or sell recommendations by the firm and for the advice that registered representatives provide to clients.
Experts who closely follow the transactions on the money market and the capital market over a specific period of time. They note relevant company events and analyse changes, i.e. look for possible correlations and explanations. Their research provides a basis for investment decisions. See also Equity research.
Individuals working for a research or brokerage firm. They make forecasts about companies' future earnings, revenues, growth rates, and stock price (price target). They also make recommendations regarding buying, selling, or holding a particular stock.