Business analyst urges using friends, contacts to help look for work during pandemic

NORFOLK, Va. – It is all about who you know, that’s according to financial and business analyst Dominick Miserandino. He said that notion is more true now as many are still unemployed, due to layoffs and furloughs, because of the coronavirus pandemic.

He said those friends, contacts, or former colleagues you may know or worked with in the past could help you in your job search. That process is known as networking.

“I always love helping others and I like helping others because I do believe in business,” Miserandino said. “It’s smart business.”

Dominick Miserandino has worked at top positions for several companies. He’s done plenty of hiring and even referrals from people who have simply reached out.

“It is difficult and awkward at times to make that first call, but that’s one of the first tips I tell people is to not be scared, make that first call,” he

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The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Visa, Walmart, Abbott Laboratories, UnitedHealth Group and Oracle

For Immediate Release

Chicago, IL – October 13, 2020 – Zacks.com announces the list of stocks featured in the Analyst Blog. Every day the Zacks Equity Research analysts discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and the financial markets. Stocks recently featured in the blog include: Visa Inc. (V), Walmart Inc. WMT, Abbott Laboratories ABT, UnitedHealth Group Incorporated UNH and Oracle Corporation ORCL.

Here are highlights from Monday’s Analyst Blog:

Top Research Reports for Visa, Walmart and Abbott

The Zacks Research Daily presents the best research output of our analyst team. Today’s Research Daily features new research reports on 16 major stocks, including Visa, Walmart and Abbott Laboratories. These research reports have been hand-picked from the roughly 70 reports published by our analyst team today.

You can see all of today’s research reports here >>>

Visa shares have modestly outperformed the Zacks Financial Transaction Services industry in the year-to-date

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Online Ad Business Is Picking Up. Buy Social-Media Stocks, Analyst Says.

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Walmsley now rates Twitter at Buy.


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Social-media stocks are getting a boost from Deutsche Bank analyst Lloyd Walmsley, who raised his rating on

Twitter

and lifted his price targets on

Facebook,

Alphabet,

Snap,

and

Pinterest.

For Twitter (ticker: TWTR), he went to Buy from Hold, with a price target of $56, up from $36. The call is part of a broader bullish report on the social-media stocks, which he thinks are positioned to benefit from a coming rebound in online advertising demand.

The analyst lifted his price targets on Facebook (FB), to $325 from $305;

Alphabet,

Google’s parent (GOOGL), to $2,020 from $1,975; Pinterest (PINS), to $55 from $43; and Snap (SNAP), to $32 from $28. He repeated Buy ratings on all of them.

“We are bullish on the ad names into Q3 results given a continued

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The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Mastercard, JPMorgan, Eli Lilly, Caterpillar and Anthem

For Immediate Release

Chicago, IL – October 12, 2020 – Zacks.com announces the list of stocks featured in the Analyst Blog. Every day the Zacks Equity Research analysts discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and the financial markets. Stocks recently featured in the blog include: Mastercard Incorporated MA, JPMorgan Chase & Co. JPM, Eli Lilly and Company LLY, Caterpillar Inc. CAT and Anthem, Inc. ANTM.

Here are highlights from Friday’s Analyst Blog:

Top Analyst Reports for Mastercard, JPMorgan and Eli Lilly

The Zacks Research Daily presents the best research output of our analyst team. Today’s Research Daily features new research reports on 16 major stocks, including Mastercard, JPMorgan Chase and Eli Lilly. These research reports have been hand-picked from the roughly 70 reports published by our analyst team today.

You can see all of today’s research reports here >>>

Mastercard shares have outperformed the Zacks Financial Transaction Services

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Top Analyst Reports for Mastercard, JPMorgan & Eli Lilly

Friday, October 9, 2020

The Zacks Research Daily presents the best research output of our analyst team. Today’s Research Daily features new research reports on 16 major stocks, including Mastercard (MA), JPMorgan Chase (JPM) and Eli Lilly (LLY). These research reports have been hand-picked from the roughly 70 reports published by our analyst team today.

You can see all of today’s research reports here >>>

Mastercard shares have outperformed the Zacks Financial Transaction Services industry in the year to date period (+17.4% vs. +5.5%). The Zacks analyst believes that Mastercard’s strategic acquisitions, alliances and technology upgrades, along with product-diversification and geographic-expansion initiatives augur well for the long-term.

The company has undertaken several acquisitions to supplement organic efforts and diversify revenues over the years, which has helped expand its addressable markets and strengthen core product solutions. It is gaining from an increased demand for digital

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Amazon Luna: Great Idea, Challenging Business Model, Says Analyst

Not one to miss an opportunity to go down a lucrative new path, last week Amazon (AMZN) announced it is launching a cloud gaming platform, Luna.

Luna will launch at an introductory price of $6 a month with a tiered subscription structure, and the new service will go head to head with other big players’ services such as Google’s Stadia, Microsoft’s xCloud, and EA’s Origin Access.

Powered by AWS and integrated with its own live streaming platform, Twitch, the aim is to have the service accessible to any device with a screen. Although users playing on TVs will need to connect a FireTV box or a FireTV stick. Gamers using phones, tablets or PCs already online will be able to access the service without FireTV.

One thing the service won’t have at launch is much content. To start off, only 50 games will be available, and with one

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NIA arrests business analyst, rice merchant for sending Muslim youths to Syria to join IS

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested two more accused – a business analyst and a rice merchant – who played a very significant role in radicalisation of the members of the group and arranged funds through donations and own sources to send Bengaluru youth to Syria to join ISIS in connection with its probe into the Bengaluru Islamic State (IS) Daesh module case. An NIA spokesperson said that it arested Ahamed Abdul Cader, a resident of Tamil Nadu’s Ramanathpuram and Irfan Nasir a resident of Karnataka’s Bengaluru in connection with Bengaluru-based ISIS module case on Wednesday following searches on their residential premises. The official said that Cader is a business analyst in a bank in Chennai and Nasir is a rice merchant in Bengaluru.

The NIA registered a case on September 19 last year after certain incriminating facts emerged about a Bengaluru-based IS module during the investigation of IS

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Apple’s Next Multibillion-Dollar Business Will Be Payments, Analyst Says

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A sticker advertises Apple Pay as an accepted payment method at a restaurant.


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Payments could be

Apple’s

next multibillion-dollar business.

That’s what Cowen analyst Krish Sankar thinks. He dove into Apple’s digital-payments business—Apple Pay, Apple Card and Apple Cash—and the analyst likes what he sees.

He thinks Wall Street is underestimating the potential of the Apple (ticker: AAPL) payments business. He writes in a research note Monday that the three elements of the business have collectively grown more than 100% year over year in recent years, and says that with the Covid-19 pandemic, “usage and penetration of Apple’s digital payments offerings have only accelerated further.”

Sankar says Apple has positioned payments as complementary to its hardware business, but that “future scaling of these services globally coupled with increasing depth and sophistication of them could position Apple as an emerging content in the fintech space.” He

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What Makes a Weak Business Analyst? | Small Business

Business analysts are responsible for analyzing the operations, organizational structures and functions of corporations, institutions and government agencies. Their jobs are particularly demanding in smaller companies, as these firms may employ only one such professional. Most business analysts have college degrees and strong analytical skills. Weak performers may possess the necessary skills and education for this occupation but fall short in their preparation and execution.

Poor Organizational Skills

A weak business analyst usually has poor organizational skills. Most of these professionals are expected to complete multiple projects each month or quarter. For example, a business analyst of a small pet manufacturing firm may be studying the efficiency of the manufacturing plant, analyzing engineer practices and assessing new regulations simultaneously. Poor organizational skills may prevent him from prioritizing his list of tasks. Hence, he may fail to meet project deadlines or omit crucial aspects of an assignment.

Failing to Use Proper

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Huawei may sell the Honor mobile phone business – analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo predicts

Huawei‘s consumer Business group is faced with a huge challenge that could crumble the brand’s smartphone business, occasioned by the US ban. Already, the company is already running short of supplies for chipsets that would be used on future models. As a result, the company is reportedly looking for contingency plans. Noted TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has released a research report that predicted and analyzed the potential impact of Huawei’s countermeasures against the US ban.Huawei logo

Ming-Chi Kuo pointed out in the report that after a comprehensive scenario analysis of Huawei’s potential countermeasures against the US ban, one of the most likely scenarios is that Huawei sells the Honor mobile phone business.

He believes that if Huawei sells the Honor mobile phone business, it will be a win-win situation for Honor brands, suppliers and China’s electronics industry.

The analyst noted that if Honor is independent from Huawei, the procurement

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