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Russia-Ukraine style exchange of long-range artillery shells and small arms fire dominated the news in Nigeria at the weekend as Chernobyl-like radiation fallout from PDP presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar’s hour-long interview on Arise TV last Friday. It was the first major candidate interview of this political season, and surely it will not be the last.

The first of this season, but not the first in Nigeria. Following its scathing criticism of some of the things he said on Friday, Atiku’s media team has already challenged APC presidential candidate Asiwaju Bola Tinubu to do an hour-long interview of his own. Atiku’s team must already be scrambling together a team of analysts so that when Asiwaju does his interview, they will mount the political equivalent of a forensic audit to scrutinise every word he uttered.

Campaign interview is a tricky business. Every step in a campaign is tricky business, but an interview with the candidate is doubly so because millions of citizens will watch it. Even worse, clips of different segments of the interview will be posted in the social media, some of it cleverly quoted without the context, in order to score a point in favour of or against the candidate.

US President John Kennedy’s speechwriter Ted Sorensen once wrote that “the American political campaign is built around the speech.” The content of the speech is the most important thing but the choice of audience, venue, time, delivery style, format and appearance of the candidate are all very important. One author wrote that when Kennedy landed at a small town airport one early morning, his aides noticed that most of the supporters who waited overnight for his arrival were young women. So they pushed him back into the plane, rumpled his suit and hair a bit, told him to look tired, close one eye and lazily wave as he alighted the plane. It drove the young women crazy!

In Nigeria up until a few years ago, speech was hardly important in a political campaign. If it were, Alhaji Shehu Shagari with his soft Fulani-accented voice, Chief M.K.O Abiola with his stammer, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo with his crackling voice, Alhaji Umaru Yar’adua with his hardly audible voice, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan with his many gaffes and General Muhammadu Buhari with his ineloquent statements and forced smile would never have won any election. The onset of social media in latest times has however enhanced the import of speech and interviews in Nigerian politics, hence the need for candidates to sit up.

US campaign aides paid attention to the minutest detail. As told by David Halberstam in his book The Powers That Be, just before John Kennedy’s televised debate against Richard Nixon in 1960, his aides told him that the producer will come and offer to powder his face. Kennedy asked what the implications were. The aides said while powder is good for a TV appearance, it will be a small scandal if newsmen reported that his face was powdered. Nixon got the same advice and rejected the powder. When the producer peeped in and said, “Mr. Kennedy, would you like some powder?” Kennedy said, “F—k you!” Meanwhile, his media aide jumped over a fence, entered a drug store, bought some powder, smuggled it into the studio and secretly did make up for Kennedy. By the time they went on air, Kennedy looked smart and radiant while Nixon was sweating in the hot studio.

Trick number two is, how to face newsmen. Here is a secret: you don’t really have to answer the question they ask! Twenty years ago when I was Editor of New Nigerian, a British minister visited me in my office and he told me that, when a minister emerges from No 10 Downing Street and newsmen are waiting, he or she decides what to say and goes ahead and says it irrespective of the question! Television is particularly vulnerable to this trick because TV reporters need soundbite in order to give authenticity to their report. So, whatever you say, they must use that as soundbite whether or not it answered their question. Though print media reporters could go and report that you dodged the question, in the end their readers will remember what you said more than what you didn’t say. State House in Abuja has one of the biggest concentrations of news reporters lying in ambush for politicians. Just remember this: as you emerge from a meeting with the President, decide what message you want to pass across to the public and go ahead and say it irrespective of the questions, then pretend to be hurrying to another appointment and walk away.

In a one-on-one TV interview such as Atiku Abubakar had with Arise TV last Friday, it is less easy to apply the dodging trick. So the candidate should anticipate the questions instead. A media team made up of real professionals could sit down in advance, put themselves in the shoes of their colleagues who will do the interview and anticipate most of the questions. In the olden days, news makers used to ask interviewers to submit an advance copy of the questions, but media professionals will not accept that today. You don’t have to ask them; your media team can anticipate most of the questions, since these are mostly gleaned from newsworthy items that were recently reported about you.

Interviewers have egos. They want to look smart, independent and courageous to viewers, without regard to your own comfort as a candidate. So, expect some trap questions. One of the most successful traps in interview history was when CBS interviewer Roger Mudd asked Senator Ted Kennedy in 1979 why he wanted to be President of the United States. Ted fumbled and rambled and had no sharp answer. Since then, I have seen many interviewers imitating this question, so every major candidate should rehearse for it.

Just like a champion boxer has training sessions with his sparring partners before a match, a candidate should also have a sparring match with his media team. I wonder if Atiku Abubakar had such a training session. If he had, he would have been advised not to answer the question about his wealth with that Idiroko Peugeot 504 story because indeed, public servants have been prevented from engaging in private business other than farming since the days of the General Order. He probably would have been told that he needed better briefing on NNPC’s transformation to private status, and a much sharper answer to the problem of insecurity.

We could also learn many lessons from our own country’s history of political interviews. In 1979, when UPN presidential candidate Chief Obafemi Awolowo unveiled his party’s Four Cardinal Programs, everyone was asking how he intended to finance free education. When Awo stepped off a plane at Lagos Airport, newsmen rushed in and asked him how he could finance free education. Awo anticipated the question. He sat down in the lounge, opened his briefcase, brought out a sheaf of papers and proceeded for the next hour to reel out figures about how he will do it. Many of the reporters fell asleep.

When Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe appeared for an hour-long interview on NTA in 1979, he anticipated a question about his age [75, which newsmen were saying at the time that he was too old to run for president]. When the question was popped towards the end of the interview, Zik said, “I have been sitting here with you for the past hour, with no idea what questions you will ask, and I have been answering you, now you seem to suggest that I am senile?”

Ahead of the June 12, 1993 presidential elections, Ambassador Babagana Kingibe of SDP squared up with NRC’s Dr. Sylvester Ugoh in the presidential running mates’ debate. Ugoh touted his credentials as a topflight economist. Kingibe dipped his hand under the table, brought out an old Biafran one-pound note, waved it in the face of Ugoh, who was Governor of the Bank of Biafra during the Civil War, and said the currency he managed was worth less than toilet paper.

Whenever they can, a candidate’s media team should steer him away from interview areas where he has natural deficiencies to areas where he has strength. A candidate who stammers, speaks very slowly or has a shrill voice is not good for television. During the 1992 US presidential contest, there was a squabble between President George Bush Snr’s aides and those of challenger Bill Clinton about the format of their debate. Clinton’s aides, knowing their candidate to be eloquent and quick thinking, demanded a debate format where the two men will engage each other directly. Bush’s team refused, so when the president appeared at his next campaign rally, a Clinton supporter raised a chicken-like effigy of Mr. Bush and shouted, “Chicken George! He chickened out of the debate!”

And then, by all means control your temper. In 1979, GNPP’s national publicity secretary withdrew from a live debate on NTA because he accused his PRP debate opponent of not allowing him to speak. If you are provoked on the set, don’t do like Minister Chris Ngige and say, “If you yab me, I will yab you back.”

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Killexams : The Psychological Mind Tricks That Actually Work

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Despite our illusions of independence and control, it’s possible to manipulate people using a variety of psychological tricks—heck, that’s what the entire advertising and marketing industry is built on. So it stands to reason that a little light mind control could make things go your way a bit more often. When you dig into supposed psychological tricks, however, you often get mired in a lot of pseudo-science and dubious claims. But while it’s true that you’re not going to be controlling minds and hypnotizing people into doing your bidding any time soon, there are psychological tricks that do really work—and that are backed by scientific evidence.

If you’re looking to gain a little bit of an edge in your everyday life, here are some mind tricks that actually do work.

Create a debt

If you want to make someone do something for you and meet resistance, one trick you can employ is to create a debt by doing something for them first. This hinges on what’s known as the Norm of Reciprocity—basically, the pressure people feel to return a favor. An easy example of this is when someone cleans your windshield when you’re stopped at a light, and then asks for a tip. You didn’t ask them to clean your windshield, but once it’s done, you feel pressure to reciprocate.

You can create this debt in a wide variety of ways. Servers in restaurants jot personal notes on your bill to create a debt of goodwill, encouraging larger tips. Companies offer free trials of products and services because they know that once you use the product, you’ll feel a debt and be more reluctant to cancel or return the item. So next time you need someone to do something for you and you sense their reluctance, do something for them and you’ll increase your chances of success.


Yes, something used by Andy Bernard on The Office is a legit psychological trick with science backing it up. Personality mirroring, or The Chameleon Effect, is when we unconsciously mimic the people around us—their postures, attitudes, and other behaviors. We all have a tendency to do this because of what’s known as the “perception-behavior link,” wherein observing a behavior increases the likelihood that we’ll repeat it.

You can use this to your advantage by consciously mirroring people you’re trying to influence, matching their mannerisms and other behaviors. This increases trust and will make you seem more authoritative and trustworthy, because you’ll literally remind people of themselves.


Are you trying to get someone to do something? Try the Door in The Face (DITF) technique. You use this trick by first asking your target for something much harder or more outrageous than what you really want—something they’ll doubtlessly refuse. Then, back down and ask them for your original desire. The chances that they agree are now much higher because of DITF, which pivots off the Norm of Reciprocity discussed above (the name of this technique is taken from the concept of people slamming the door in a pushy salesperson’s face). When you downgrade what you’re asking, it’s perceived subconsciously as a concession—which creates a debt. People will have a strong urge to erase that debt by agreeing to your “lesser” request.

Repeat yourself

If you’re trying to convince someone of something, one of the most powerful psychological tricks you can employ is what’s known as repetition bias. Basically, the perceived legitimacy and truth of any statement increases the more frequently it is repeated—in other words, the more you repeat even blatantly untrue or incorrect information, the more likely people will start to believe you. This results in what’s known as the “illusory truth effect,” and the last few years have shown just how powerful it can be even when dealing with huge populations that have access to factual information. So the next time you need to convince someone of something, just repeat it doggedly—you’ll eventually wear them down.

Imply scarcity

The scarcity principle is one of the most common examples of blatant psychological trickery we encounter on a daily basis. Any time you see an advertisement that promises something is limited—in time or quantity—it’s using the scarcity effect against you. It’s easy to see why this works: We tend to place more value on something when we think it’s rare. When you’re told that an opportunity only exists for a short time or in a limited supply, your fear of missing out (FOMO) hits hard, and you almost instinctually want to avoid it.

While this is most useful with marketing products, you can also employ this trick in other ways. You can trick people into spending time with you by implying that you can’t fit them into your busy schedule, for example.

Speak with confidence

Being thoughtful about your vocabulary choices when speaking can have a huge impact on how you’re perceived, and how often people do what you want. We often unconsciously “hedge” when we talk, using phrases like “I think” or “I’m not 100% sure, but...” This gives your audience wiggle-room to doubt what you’re saying and to perceive you as less than reliable.

On the other hand, using confident phrases like “I know” or “I believe” will make your arguments seem more authoritative even if nothing else changes in what you’re saying. In other words, your statements might be as dubious as before, but because you’re stating them so confidently, people will have a stronger tendency to believe you.

Use names

If you get the sense that someone’s attention is wandering from you, or if you want to ensure that they’re focused on you no matter what else is going on around you, try using their name. Science tells us that hearing our name pivots off the “Cocktail Party Effect,” which describes the way we instinctively filter out all other stimuli when we hear something interesting—and our own names trigger this effect in spades.

That’s why salespeople are usually trained to repeat your name often as they deliver their pitch to you, and you can use this simple technique to ensure that people are paying attention and feel engaged with you as you speak. Your audience may not even realize why they remember their conversation with you so well, or why they failed to notice other people in the room while you were speaking.

Be present

If you’re trying to establish a bond of trust with someone, you can use something called “affinity” to trick people into trusting you. Affinity is a sense of familiarity people have when they’re used to seeing you all the time—the more “present” you are in their lives, the more likely they are to feel close to you and to trust you.

For example, an experiment was conducted in which four women posed as students in a class. The women did not interact with any of the other students at all—they merely showed up. The impostors attended different numbers of classes, and at the end of the term, the other students were shown photos and asked their opinions. The women who had attended the most classes—who had been most “present”—triggered higher levels of affinity, even though they hadn’t spoken to anyone.

Dish the compliments

One of the trickiest mind tricks involves something called spontaneous trait transference. In a nutshell, this means that people tend to view you with the adjectives you use on other people.

So, if you want someone to see you as smart, start calling other people smart. If you want to be seen as confident—or even attractive—describe others using those terms. Over time, everyone will start to view you through the lens of those comments. Keep in mind that this works in reverse, too—if you spend your days crankily insulting other people, those around you may start to view you in a very negative way.


Want to influence people? Try some subliminal touching. Subliminal touching is simply making casual interpersonal contact while interacting with someone. Touching their arm or shoulder briefly has been shown to make people instantly feel warmer toward you. While you often hear this advice in the context of dating and romance, it’s a powerful mind trick any time you’re trying to be perceived in a positive light. For example, a study conducted by the University of Mississippi and Rhodes College found that waitresses in a restaurant who lightly touched their customers received significantly larger tips.

There’s no true mind control, but you can use these real, actual mind tricks to give yourself some advantages. Just remember that other people are probably using these same tricks on you.


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Killexams : Analysis: China digs deep into bag of yuan tricks to resist dollar steamroller

SHANGHAI, Oct 3 (Reuters) - Chinese authorities have rolled out an array of tried-and-true manoeuvres in latest weeks to slow the yuan's slide, showing relative success compared with other battered currencies, but analysts say they face long odds against an unstoppable dollar.

The stepped-up efforts, taken as the yuan tumbled about 7% from mid-August to a 14-year-low around 7.25 per dollar on Sept. 28, range from unusually strong signals to the market - last week the central bank told state-owned banks to prepare to sell dollars - to administrative measures that raise the cost of shorting the yuan.

That helped the yuan to regain some traction against the dollar, which also paused for breath against other currencies, but analysts expect the yuan to weaken further in the months ahead with a risk of volatile gyrations along the way.

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"Considering the strength of the dollar, we now expect (the dollar/yuan rate) to trade around 7.40 around October and November," SEB said in a note.

While that was among the more bearish forecasts, ANZ and Goldman Sachs saw a yuan rate of 7.20 per dollar within the next three months or so, with Goldman also noting upside dollar/yuan risks, and Citi said it could push to 7.3 in a strong dollar environment. The yuan late on Friday was trading around 7.12 per dollar.

In a sign that investors do not foresee the new measures tamping down swings in the yuan, expectations of future volatility priced into one-month yuan options have doubled in the past month.

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For Chinese authorities, who were particularly hurry to stabilise the yuan rate before a week-long national holiday in China this week, the stakes are high.

This is a a politically sensitive time for China's ruling Communist Party, which is set to open its once-in-five-years congress on Oct. 16. President Xi Jinping is expected to secure a precedent-breaking third term during the gathering.

A weaker yuan also risks stoking financial instability fuelled by capital outflows. Foreign investors cut holdings of Chinese bonds for the seventh straight month in August.

On the monetary policy front, the weaker yuan, fuelled by the wide gap between low Chinese interest rates and rising U.S. rates, makes it harder to ease policy to support China's faltering economy, the world's second largest.

The yield gap between China's benchmark 10-year government bonds and the U.S. Treasury for the same tenor is hovering at the widest in 15 years.

Still, analysts do not expect Beijing to mount a desperate defense of any particular yuan level, in contrast to the last two times the yuan breached the psychologically significant 7 to the dollar level in 2019 and 2020, during the height of China-U.S. trade tensions and the initial outbreak of COVID-19.

"The central bank needs to play a balance between being market-oriented and also ensuring financial stability," said Ju Wang, head of Greater China FX and rates strategy at BNP Paribas.

"Hence the official line will still be 'no-lines-in-the-sand-but-two-way-volatility'."

China's economy also reaps some benefit from yuan weakness, which bolsters its exports by making them relatively cheaper in dollar terms. The export sector has become a vital pillar for the economy as it struggles with COVID outbreaks and a property crisis.

Further, the yuan has not fallen as sharply against the greenback as have the euro , the yen and other major currencies this year, keeping the yuan comparatively resilient against a basket of currencies of China's main trading partners , with a fall of only 1.4% year-to-date.

Chinese authorities, who have emphasised that they want to make the yuan more international and market-driven, are aiming not to control the long-term value of the yuan, but to prevent a sudden short-term depreciation that would disrupt its economy and capital flows, analysts said.

"As China goes on a week-long holiday, the threat of intervention in the offshore yuan could keep a lid on near-term depreciation," said Khoon Goh, head of Asia research at ANZ.

Mainland China's financial markets are closed for the National Day holiday from Oct. 1, during which there will be no onshore trade or daily guidance through midpoint settings. Trading resumes on Oct. 10.

Goh added, however, that how long the threat remains effective will depend on the dollar's trend.

"While the authorities will want to maintain FX stability into the Party Congress, the widening yield differential between the U.S. and China could still see yuan weakness re-emerge later in the year."

(This story corrects typographical error in phrase 'the threat' in penultimate paragraph)

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Killexams : Pricing analyst as a career

Pricing is one of the most important aspects of the business. Pricing Analyst plays an important role in business decisions. Pricing analysts use data to make wise judgments on purchases, production processes, and sales activities, assisting businesses in achieving the highest potential both in terms of bottom line and top line. These experts, also known as cost estimators, spend their days calculating the ideal price for selling and buying goods without going below or above profitable levels.

Pricing analysts determine pricing, margins, and market share using statistical methods and analytics. They may use data from the sales or marketing team, statistics about the competition, or other data sources. Pricing analysts are frequently requested to produce reports and in-depth assessments of product sales and margins in order to spot chances for improvement. Pricing analysts analyze the market and other factors and make a pricing strategy that is convenient and profitable for the business. They need to take into account the goal of the business and then form a strategy accordingly.

Why Does Pricing Analysis Matter?

Every business needs to make a profit. By improving the effectiveness of supply chain management operations and assisting stakeholders in making wise decisions, pricing analysis aids organizations in doing this. Pricing analysts study historical performance, examine present operations observe the market behaviour, demand –supply pattern etc and suggest different courses of action using their specialist knowledge.

A proficient pricing analyst has a variety of direct effects on a business’s bottom line. These experts might produce forecasts that show different, less expensive ways to purchase materials, produce goods, or distribute goods. Pricing analysts frequently suggest new markets to enter or show that existing customers are willing to pay more for the company’s goods.

Pricing Analyst Education Preparation

The first step in pursuing a job as a pricing analyst is to learn about the credentials and experience that companies in this industry often look for. While particular qualifications may differ, careers as price analysts frequently call for at least a college degree.

Associate’s Degree: Jobs as entry-level pricing analysts may be obtained with a two-year associate’s degree along with proven technical proficiency, knowledge of databases, and experience with statistical and data-mining software. A bachelor’s degree is most certainly necessary for career advancement.

Bachelor’s Degree: Employers may require at least a bachelor’s degree when hiring for price analyst roles. These degrees should typically have a focus on finance, marketing, supply chain management, information systems, mathematics, or economics. Positions at the senior and executive levels typically require a graduate degree and more job experience.

Master’s Degree: Candidates with a Master of Science in Supply Chain Management are frequently preferred by businesses for management roles. Beyond the bachelor’s level, these advanced degrees often require an extra one to two years Masters in Economics, mathematics, data science, statistics

Training, other qualifications, and advancement for Pricing Analysts 

One of the most important steps in Studying for a job as a pricing analyst is finishing a degree programme. Employers will also look at your experience, technical talents, and other skills to make sure you’ll benefit the business. While the degree is important, it is necessary to have business acumen. Understanding the business and business goals is equally important.

Large data sets must be manipulated, verified, and creatively analysed by a pricing analyst. They require proficiency in systems analysis as well as a short learning curve for new software programmes. Employers may also want knowledge of statistical databases and spreadsheet software. Interpersonal skills are crucial for pricing analysts because they frequently collaborate with teams from marketing, finance, sales, corporate strategy, and business development. 

In addition, employers hiring pricing analysts often list the following requirements:

  • Strong organisational skills.
  • The ability to work both independently and in groups.
  • The ability to simultaneously manage multiple projects and stakeholders on a deadline.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Integrity is one of the essential skills. A pricing analyst deals with a lot of clients who are each other’s competitors in the market. So, dealing with each client without any bias is important.
  • Handling multiple projects and dealing with clients

Advancement opportunities for pricing analysts frequently depend on professional experience and extra education. Professionals obtaining a bachelor’s or master’s degree while still working for their company may be eligible for employer-provided tuition aid and reimbursement schemes.

Job Prospects for Pricing Analysts

A promising professional path is becoming a pricing analyst. The demand for financial analysts, such as price analysts, will increase by 2026, which is faster than the average for all jobs, per latest polls.

This anticipated expansion is due to a number of factors. First off, there are more products and services than ever before. To assist corporations in promoting these new items, they need pricing analysts. Second, new research approaches are frequently applied to pricing analysis by businesses as technology advances, and personnel with expertise in this field can handle and evaluate the data. Last but not least, the growth of new markets around the globe fuels the demand for pricing analysts.

Who employs Pricing Analysts?

The list is almost endless, but mainly includes:

Companies that manufacture or distribute commercial and industrial goods

  • Construction companies
  • Agricultural companies
  • Food and beverage
  • Private health care facilities
  • Colleges and universities
  • Banks and other financial institutions
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Transport and logistics companies
  • Professional service firms and offices, such as legal, engineering, architectural, retail and e-commerce, airline industries and others

To conclude

For those who enjoy working with statistics in a demanding, fast-paced position with room for advancement, being a pricing analyst is a great career choice. An analytical mind, business acumen, strong communication skills, and a love of numbers are the perfect combinations for this line of work.

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Killexams : 4 Analysts Have This to Say About Artivion

Artivion AORT has observed the following analyst ratings within the last quarter:

Bullish Somewhat Bullish Indifferent Somewhat Bearish Bearish
Total Ratings 1 1 2 0 0
Last 30D 0 1 1 0 0
1M Ago 0 0 0 0 0
2M Ago 1 0 0 0 0
3M Ago 0 0 1 0 0

According to 4 analyst offering 12-month price targets in the last 3 months, Artivion has an average price target of $23.5 with a high of $32.00 and a low of $16.00.

Below is a summary of how these 4 analysts rated Artivion over the past 3 months. The greater the number of bullish ratings, the more positive analysts are on the stock and the greater the number of bearish ratings, the more negative analysts are on the stock

This current average represents a 12.96% decrease from the previous average price target of $27.00.

If you are interested in following small-cap stock news and performance you can start by tracking it here.

Analysts work in banking and financial systems and typically specialize in reporting for stocks or defined sectors. Analysts may attend company conference calls and meetings, research company financial statements, and communicate with insiders to publish "analyst ratings" for stocks. Analysts typically rate each stock once per quarter.

Some analysts will also offer forecasts for metrics like growth estimates, earnings, and revenue to provide further guidance on stocks. Investors who use analyst ratings should note that this specialized advice comes from humans and may be subject to error.

This article was generated by Benzinga's automated content engine and reviewed by an editor.

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Killexams : Top Wall Street analysts name the best stocks to ride a market downcycle

The logo of Alphabet Inc's Google outside the company's office in Beijing, China, August 8, 2018.

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With an ugly September in the rear-view mirror, it's tempting for investors to make impulsive decisions.

The three major indexes ended the month with sizeable losses, rocked by spiking bond yields and a Federal Reserve that will do whatever it takes to bring down inflation.

As frightening as these times may be, it's key for investors to take a long-term perspective and look closely for stocks that have potential beyond these tumultuous times.

Here are five stocks picked by Wall Street's top professionals, according to TipRanks, a platform that ranks analysts based on their track record.

GXO Logistics

Pure-play contract logistics provider GXO Logistics (GXO) focuses on leveraging technology to manage supply chains and warehousing. This firm addresses a highly underserved corner of e-commerce: reverse logistics, or the movement of goods from customers back to sellers. In the second quarter, 40% of the company's new business wins came from reverse logistics.

Since it debuted in the public markets in 2021 — a spin-off from XPO LogisticsGXO has managed to close a billion-dollar deal to acquire reverse logistics leader Clipper Logistics. This acquisition also solidified GXO's stronghold in the reverse-logistics market. (See GXO Logistics Risk Factors on TipRanks)

However, macroeconomic headwinds from Europe and the U.K. are weighing on the company's financials. After pricing in the headwinds that are expected to remain an overhang for some more time, Cowen analyst Jason Seidl recently reduced his near-term price target on GXO to $62 from $67.

Seidl noted that about 70% of GXO's sales are in foreign currencies, primarily in pounds and euros. Sustained currency headwinds from Europe due to the Russia-Ukraine war had led GXO to guide a $30 million impact on revenues in 2023. However, the sliding pound has led the analyst to expect further impact.

Nonetheless, the analyst remains firm on his buy rating, saying that GXO's variable cost structure is capable of mitigating adverse margin impacts. For those who can stomach the near-term worries, Seidl recommends buying the stock. "Given where GXO is trading, we see an attractive entry point for long-term investors who are looking for quality transportation/logistics exposure that can weather the systematic storm in Europe," said the analyst, who has been ranked No. 8 among almost 8,000 analysts tracked on the platform. 

Importantly, 67% of Seidl's ratings have been profitable, with each rating generating returns of 23.9% on average. 


Nova (NVMI) provides some heavy-duty metrology solutions to the semiconductor manufacturing market. The company's balanced revenue mix between foundry and memory has helped it hedge its business against exposure to a single end market.

Recently, Needham analyst Quinn Bolton weighed in on Nova, reiterating a buy rating and $120 price target on the company. "We like Nova for its strong foothold in the foundry and memory markets and its consistent focus on developing new technologies to meet the need for metrology in semiconductor manufacturing," said the analyst. (See Nova Measuring Stock Chart on TipRanks)

Unlike many other types of process control equipment, optical critical dimension solutions do not face the risk of diminishing demand with growing wafer capacity. In fact, they scale linearly with it. Now, Nova has about a 70% share in the OCD market, which gives it a strong runway for growth as wafer capacities expand with the proliferation of advanced technologies.

Bolton is also upbeat about Nova's prospects in the X-ray technology market. The analyst expects the X-ray tech market to "grow in both front-end metrology and in advanced packaging applications."

"We believe Nova will be a metrology supplier of choice for the foreseeable future, and believe Nova will easily reach the $1 billion target even with extremely conservative assumptions," said Bolton.

Bolton is ranked at No.3 of nearly 8,000 analysts on TipRanks' database. Notably, 62% of his ratings have successfully returned an average of 38% per rating.


IT business process services provider TD SYNNEX (SNX) is benefiting from the high demand for remote working and learning software, as well as hardware solutions. Moreover, rapid digital transformation has kept the IT spending environment favorable for the business.

The company recently released its quarterly results, beating the top and the bottom lines. However, like its other tech peers, economic headwinds are not sparing TD SYNNEX. Barrington Research analyst Vincent Colicchio reduced his price target to $98 from $106 to reflect the headwinds impacting the business in the coming few months.

Nonetheless, Colicchio believes that the combined powers of SYNNEX and Tech Data (with which it merged last year) will help the company realize solid revenue and cost synergies. This will aid earnings growth over the next few years. (See TD Synexx Corporation Blogger Opinions & Sentiment on TipRanks)

"The company's revenue should grow faster than overall IT spending as it increases its investment in fast-growing technologies. We are confident in management's ability to achieve or exceed its targeted cost synergies of $200 million given a solid track record of execution on acquisitions," weighed in Colicchio.

The analyst reiterated his buy rating on the stock, saying that the shares are trading at an attractive discount.

Colicchio has placed at No. 581 among the almost 8,000 analysts followed on TipRanks. The analyst has a success rate of 52%, and each of his ratings has garnered average returns of 8.5%.


As the tech sector grapples with multiple economic blows, Alphabet (GOOGL) has been working on new devices to launch at its upcoming "Made by Google" event. (See Alphabet Class A Stock Investors sentiments on TipRanks)

Ahead of the releases, Monness Crespi Hardt analyst Brian White, who is a Google bull, maintained his buy rating on the stock. "We believe Alphabet is well positioned to capitalize on the long-term digital ad trend, participate in the shift of workloads to the cloud, and benefit from digital transformation," said White, justifying his long-term bullish view on Alphabet.

Additionally, Alphabet's strong capabilities in AI give the company the upper hand to enhance the experiences of consumers. Also, White is encouraged by the fact that in the second quarter of the year, Apple held only 15.6% of global smartphone shipments. This means Android has the higher share in the operating system market.

White, who holds the 470th position among nearly 8,000 analysts rated on TipRanks, maintained his target price of $145 on GOOGL stock. The analyst has a 56% success rate and 9.6% average returns on each of his ratings.

Edison International

Energy company Edison International (EIX) has been winning its own battles amid the growing macroeconomic headwinds roiling every sector. The company has been skillfully addressing the latest heat waves across the United States.

Also, RBC Capital analyst Shelby Tucker is confident that the electricity consumption load, which is likely to remain flat till 2030, is expected to grow after that. Management forecasts around 60% increase in load between 2030 and 2045, as demand for electrification grows. (See Edison International Dividend Date & History on TipRanks)

"Higher consumption from electrification will likely be offset by distributed generation, batteries, and energy-efficiency measures," said Tucker, before adding that Edison has more opportunities on the storage side than on the generation side.

Moreover, subsidiary Southern California Edison's wildfire mitigation plan has reduced the parent company's wildfire risk by 65% to 70%, which is a boon for Edison. "We continue to believe that EIX is undervalued relative to the sector despite a number of steps taken by the utility, and by California, to address wildfire challenges to the system," said Tucker, underscoring the attractive opportunity for investors to scoop up EIX shares.

Importantly, Edison's solutions profile is electric-only, which makes it an "attractive pure-play option for investing in the electrification of society." 

Tucker reiterated a buy rating on the stock with a price target of $82.

The analyst, who stands at No. 140 out of the nearly 8,000 analysts tracked on TipRanks, has been successful in his ratings 67% of time. Moreover, each of his ratings has generated an average return of 9.8%.

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Killexams : Analyst Ratings for Globant

Over the past 3 months, 6 analysts have published their opinion on Globant GLOB stock. These analysts are typically employed by large Wall Street banks and tasked with understanding a company's business to predict how a stock will trade over the upcoming year.

Bullish Somewhat Bullish Indifferent Somewhat Bearish Bearish
Total Ratings 2 4 0 0 0
Last 30D 1 0 0 0 0
1M Ago 0 1 0 0 0
2M Ago 0 2 0 0 0
3M Ago 1 1 0 0 0

According to 6 analyst offering 12-month price targets in the last 3 months, Globant has an average price target of $258.17 with a high of $291.00 and a low of $231.00.

Below is a summary of how these 6 analysts rated Globant over the past 3 months. The greater the number of bullish ratings, the more positive analysts are on the stock and the greater the number of bearish ratings, the more negative analysts are on the stock

This current average represents a 2.5% decrease from the previous average price target of $264.80.

Analysts work in banking and financial systems and typically specialize in reporting for stocks or defined sectors. Analysts may attend company conference calls and meetings, research company financial statements, and communicate with insiders to publish "analyst ratings" for stocks. Analysts typically rate each stock once per quarter.

Some analysts publish their predictions for metrics such as growth estimates, earnings, and revenue to provide additional guidance with their ratings. When using analyst ratings, it is important to keep in mind that stock and sector analysts are also human and are only offering their opinions to investors.

If you want to keep track of which analysts are outperforming others, you can view updated analyst ratings along withanalyst success scores in Benzinga Pro.

This article was generated by Benzinga's automated content engine and reviewed by an editor.

© 2022 Benzinga does not provide investment advice. All rights reserved.

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Killexams : Wall Street’s top analysts bet on these stocks as economic uncertainty increases

Apple CEO Tim Cook presents the new iPhone 14 at an Apple event at their headquarters in Cupertino, California, U.S. September 7, 2022. 

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The market outlook is becoming increasingly uncertain, given unwieldy inflation and a slowing economy.

Stocks ended Friday with losses. They were ultimately unable to bounce back from a deep sell-off on Tuesday in which the Dow Jones Industrial Average shed more than 1,200 points.

Against this backdrop, investors need to look past current turbulence as they choose their investments. To that end, here are five stocks chosen by top Wall Street pros, according to TipRanks, a platform that ranks analysts based on their performance history.


Apple (AAPL) needs no introduction. The iPhone-maker has been beating all odds and raging ahead with compelling product launches. On Sept. 7, the company held its big fall event, where it launched its widely-awaited iPhone 14 series, along with Apple Watches and AirPods.

Following the event, Monness Crespi Hardt analyst Brian White said that the product introductions enhanced "a portfolio that has never been stronger and a platform more ubiquitous." (See Apple's Hedge Fund Trading Activity on TipRanks)

White was cautious that the treacherous macro environment may make consumers hesitate to indulge in a new smartphone purchase. However, he was encouraged by the fact that the company did not hike the prices of the iPhone 14 smartphones.

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White notes that Apple's current price-to-earnings is above its average over latest years. However, looking at the long-term business model, the analyst was upbeat that Apple's strong services business has created a solid foundation of consumer confidence.

The analyst, who is at the 470th position among nearly 8,000 analysts tracked on TipRanks, assigned a buy rating on AAPL stock, with a price target of $174.

White has a track record of a 57% success rate on his ratings, each rating generating average returns of 11%.

EQT Corporation

The growing demand for natural gas as an energy source is driving growth at EQT Corporation (EQT). Needless to say, the rocketing prices of oil and gas this year have also been taking EQT on a wild ride.

The company recently entered a deal to acquire shale producer Tug Hill. After the news, RBC Capital Markets analyst Scott Hanold reiterated a buy rating on EQT stock, with a $2 price target raise to $57. "Management's latest comments during its 2Q22 conference call highlighted that acquisitions need to be more compelling than buying its own stock back and also additive to asset quality, including reducing the corporate break-even point and we believe this deal checks those boxes," said Hanold, explaining his bullishness. (See EQT Blogger Opinions & Sentiment on TipRanks)

Per the analyst's calculations, the Tug Hill acquisition can take EQT's free cash flow to $6 billion in 2023, and also boost earnings per share by 10% to 15%. The additional FCF can be utilized toward a higher authorization for share buybacks, but Hanold thinks the company is more likely to use it to reduce its debt.

"We believe that EQT shares should outperform peers over the next 12 months. EQT is well positioned with a large asset base focused in the Appalachian Basin," said Hanold, who is ranked No. 14 among almost 8,000 analysts followed on TipRanks.

In all, 66% of Hanold's ratings have successfully generated 30.9% returns on average.

Devon Energy

Another oil and natural gas exploration and production player, Devon Energy (DVN), is among the favorite choices of the best analysts in the market. The company's favorable geographical location is driving most of its business. The rich basins of Delaware, Eagle Ford, Anadarko, Powder River, and Williston are the core areas of operation of Devon Energy.

Earlier this month, the company entered into a liquefied natural gas (LNG) partnership with Delfin Midstream. The deal involves an agreement between both parties for a long-term liquefication capacity (1 million tonnes per annum) in Delfin's first floating LNG vessel, with the ability to add another 1Mtpa in the first project or in future vessels.

Following the announcement, Mizuho Securities analyst Vincent Lovaglio appeared bullish on the prospects of the deal, reiterating a buy rating on the company with a price target of $91. The analyst thinks that "investment downstream in liquefaction can connect otherwise price disadvantaged Permian natural gas to premium global markets, utilizing excess free cash flow today to convert a molecule once thought a potential liability into an asset." (See Devon Energy Dividend Date & History on TipRanks)

Moreover, the deal could boost Devon's annual dividend by around 30%. Lovaglio is ranked No. 1 among almost 8,000 analysts on TipRanks. Notably, 91% of his ratings have been successful, each rating giving average returns of 46.2%.


Semiconductor component manufacturer Broadcom (AVGO) has recently been focusing on incorporating high-margin software into its product portfolio with the help of organic efforts as well as strategic acquisitions. Therefore, Broadcom's $61 billion purchase of virtualization software firm VMware caught the attention of several analysts.

Mizuho analyst Vijay Rakesh was one of those upbeat about the acquisition. "With VMware, we believe AVGO could follow a strategy similar to Symantec-CA where it kept key core assets and divested some low volume high touch markets," he said, highlighting the company's focus on higher margin growth. (See Broadcom Stock Investors on TipRanks)

The analyst believes that the acquisition will significantly drive Broadcom's earnings per share. The analyst believes that the company's shares can reach a price of $793, and reiterated a buy rating on the stock.

Broadcom's strong market position in several domains, operating leverage and focus on acquisitions that boost its margins make Rakesh believe in its value-unlocking potential.

Ranked No. 128 among around 8,000 analysts on TipRanks, Rakesh has had success with 57% of his ratings. Moreover, each of his ratings has generated 20.2% returns on average.


Another of Vijay Rakesh's top picks for this season is semiconductor behemoth Nvidia (NVDA). The company was recently in the limelight for guiding for a $400 million hit to revenue in the third quarter due to U.S. restrictions on sales of high-performance AI chips in China.

After speaking with top officials from Nvidia, Rakesh emerged bullish on Nvidia once again, reiterating a buy rating on the stock with a price target of $225. Rakesh was upbeat about the company's high-end Hopper architecture, which is on track despite the ban. That's because most of the development team is in the U.S. (See Nvidia Stock Chart, Price History & Graphs on TipRanks)

"We believe the Hopper ramp will not be affected by the export ban with the updated 8-K allowing for supply chain freedom through Hong Kong and China," said Rakesh, who believes this loophole to be a significant breather for the company.

Moreover, more than 90% of all AI workloads in the data center world are supported by Nvidia. AI is likely to provide a key macro risk-resistant secular growth opportunity to the company.

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