Wall Street Week Ahead: U.S. earnings improvement expected, but still a weak quarter

NEW YORK (Reuters) – While good business news has been in short supply, investors may take slight comfort in coming weeks from U.S. corporate earnings that are likely to be bad, but not as bad as they have been.

FILE PHOTO: The Wall Street sign is pictured at the New York Stock exchange (NYSE) in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., March 9, 2020. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/File Photo

Analysts expect third-quarter S&P 500 earnings to have fallen 21% compared with the year-ago quarter, a big improvement from second-quarter’s 30.6% drop that was most likely the low point for earnings this year because of coronavirus-fueled lockdowns, according to IBES data from Refinitiv.

Earnings reporting will get rolling next week with results from some of the big U.S. banks, likely impacted by near record low interest rates and the pandemic-induced recession. JPMorgan & Co. JPM.N and Citigroup C.N both

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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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