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Cognizant Technology Solutions Equity Research Analyst in New York, New York

General Duties and Responsibilities

Basic maintenance

Maintenance work for sector research, preparing regular financial products such as sector valuations, sector notes and market commentaries

Maintenance work for company research, preparing regular financial products such as company valuations, company notes and peer-companies commentaries

Maintaining sector databases and analyzing sector KPIs and interpreting their read-through for the sector

Proficiency in market databases such as Bloomberg, Factset, Reuters, DataStream etc.

Prepare marketing presentations/statistical exhibits for analysts (client)

Gather raw data/news from sources specifed by the analyst

Building company/sector models and databases

Financial modeling and forecasting using methods and assumptions such as doing revenue forecasts, cost/margin analysis using industry practices and applying intellectual decisions

Data analysis and handling bespoke client requests using own judgment and knowledge

Assist analysts during earnings season by participating in conference calls and attending investor meets and make necessary adjustment to company models/valuation projections

Sending stock estimates to Consensus and updating latest consensus estimates in the financial model

Tracking and interpreting sector news flows and analyzing the impact on the coverage as well as on the sector

Gather, understand and analyze information using quantitative techniques or against established guidelines

Incorporate multi-factor analysis into investment recommendations, with consideration of potential risks, return and catalysts related to individual companies and stocks

Coordinate with other related functions in research setup like sales, IRC, editorial, SA, P& D to get the product to the finished stage

Company valuation and projections; contributing to research write-ups

Valuation of the stocks under coverage and exercise judgment while applying relevant valuation techniques (DCF, relative valuation etc.)

Making projections on financial statements (P& L, Balance sheet and Cash flow statements) using assumptions

Independently building financial models from scratch and taking full ownership of the same

Write earnings notes (preview/review) involving judgmental calls regarding impact on stock rating, price target/peer results and detailed research notes, initiating coverage notes, Q-Series and other thematic notes

Writing larger portions of the report (60-80%) analyzing variables - economy, Industry, Peer groups etc.

Working independently to analyze the impact of macro/micro factors on the company/sector

Shadow coverage/additional responsibilities

Taking ownership (shadow coverage) of few of the stocks under the analysts/Team coverage

Independently handle sector/new initiation coverage with minimal supervision including building the models, dealing with company management, financial analysis and projections, forecasting KGIs, preparing first draft of report etc.

Contribute ideas to the team regularly including investment recommendations, price target/estimate changes

Performs complex duties independently depending on client's needs and conducts research analysis involving frequent judgment calls


Bachelors / Masters degree or international equivalent in Finance or Accounting. CFA (Level 1, 2 or 3)/CPA certifications are a plus

1-3 years experience in equity research/analysis of publicly traded corporations, investment banking, management consulting, accounting or finance-related fields

Prior experience working with financial models

Prior knowledge/experience on restaurant research, food retail and consumer is preferred (not mandatory)

Strong working knowledge of Advanced Excel, modeling and charting

Strong writing skills and the ability to write concisely and quickly

Must be willing to work long hours as necessary to meet deadlines

Candidates may be asked to provide a writing sample or to create an Excel model to demonstrate their analytical skills and independent thinking

Other Requirements:

Flexibility with regard to work timings

Exposure to financial markets, market data systems, and banking reference data technologies and business terminology

Demonstrate ability to learn quickly, especially with regards to process led products

Strong sense of team spirit and delivery mindset

Equal Opportunity Employer-minorities/females/veterans/individuals with disabilities/sexual orientation/gender identity