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Sunday, April 25, 2010

Analyzing Stocks to Identify Investment Candidate

Most of the investors either rely on the advice of a broker who was paid only when they bought or sold stocks or Investors had to dig through mounds of annual reports and an assortment of documents that were months old by the time they got them.

Researching more than a few companies was almost impossible unless you had a huge staff of analysts working for you. Comparing several companies was tedious and difficult. Thank God, the "good old days” are gone forever.

Saral Gyan expert analysts team keep researching stocks (that is, before the Internet). Today, any investor can access powerful research tools using Internet and many of them are free. Of course, there are some very sophisticated tools that come with hefty price tags; however, for most investors all the research they’ll need is free or available for a modest subscription.

Stock Performance, Key Ratios, Peer Comparison & much more, Key factor is time! To derive a decision to buy stock consumes a lot of time.

Sector selection >>>  Market Capital Segmentation >>> Grouping & Stocks selection  >>> Peers Comparison >>> Moderate Research to select 5 Key Stocks >>> Extensive research to finalize 3 out of 5 >>> Debate & discussion to derive the Best 1 out of 3 for Portfolio Investment.

Most of the basic research tools provide financial reports & Key ratio's analysis with comparing performance of a stock on QoQ as well as YoY basis. They provide analytical data not only for a particular stock but also for a specific sector, and help investors to do a peer group stocks comparison. This handy program does in nanoseconds what would take you hours and hours of research by hand to do – and best of all, there are many of them on the Internet free for you to use. Some of the better ones come as part of subscription packages to the better research sites, but you can get a feel for how they work for free.

The concept is simple. You want to identify stocks that meet certain criteria. (Incidentally, this is how you go about building a portfolio, rather than haphazardly investing in whatever stock looks good at the moment.)

One of the simplest and easiest to use comes from Moneycontrol. Despite its simplicity, the website yields some powerful results.

The stock page lists your results with links to each company. Click on the link and you will get a financial snapshot of the company. It is a good tool to get you started.