Analysts are responsible for leading research groups that cover a specific industry. These are smaller groups of club members. In these meetings, the analysts will go into more details about finance and also discuss industry specific topics. Researcher groups are a great way for junior members to learn in a hands-on environment with more direct mentorship. Meetings are typically once a week with extra meetings to facilitate company analysis. Almost all stock pitches originate from researcher groups. It is common for even first and second year students to be part of a stock pitch presentation. Analysts within the groups will guide the analysis for the stocks and provide perspective from their work experience.
Technology, Media, and Telecommunications
The TMT Group covers companies providing hardware and software applications and information technology services, companies engaged in advertising media and/or broadcasting via television, radio, internet or print, and companies providing telecom services to businesses and consumers such as wireless communications systems and equipment. Companies in this group include Rogers Communications, Facebook, Apple, Cisco Systems, IBM and Intel.
Real Estate, Healthcare, and Gaming
The Real Estate, Healthcare and Gaming Group is a diversified team covering property developers, real estate investment trusts (REIT), healthcare services, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, casinos, lodging facilities and resorts. Companies such as Pfizer, Valeant Pharmaceuticals, First Capital Realty and MGM Resorts International are featured in this group.
Consumer Retail Group
The Consumer & Retail Group covers a wide range of consumer facing sectors including apparel & accessories, food & beverage, alcohol & tobacco, consumer electronics, and department and discount stores. Companies in this industry group include Target, Coca-Cola, Altria Group, Best Buy and Dollarama.
Financial Institutions Group
The Financial Institutions Group (FIG) focuses primarily on a diverse group of companies including banks, insurance, asset management and technology banking. Examples of companies that would fall under this category include CIBC, AIG, Wells Fargo, Manulife Financials and KKR.
The Natural Resources group comprises of metals and mining, oil and gas and related industries such as oil services, pipelines and steel producers. Mining includes base metals (copper, iron, lead, nickel and zinc), precious metals (gold, silver, platinum and palladium), coal mining and steel production. Additionally, the team examines commodity cycles and supply/demand relationship. Companies in this group include Suncor, BHP Billiton, ArcelorMittal, Exxon Mobil, Enbridge, Halliburton, Barrick Gold and Alpha Natural Resources.
The Industrials Group covers companies typically engaged in manufacturing including aerospace and defense technologies, automotive manufacturers, diversified chemical and materials producers, and industrial conglomerates. Familiar companies in this space include Bombardier, General Electric Company, Ford and Dow Chemicals.