Fundamental analysis as it applies to securities is the discipline that believes that, if you know everything there is to know about a company and an industry, you will be able to forcast the price of a company's equity price in the market place. You are looking at the fundamental snapshot of a company at one point in time and making projections (guesses) as to what the future will be. The problem with the concept is that everybody doing the analysis has the same information: nothing is news. This tends to lead to the same conclusions or "consenus."
Through my career, as a history major in college, I've come to believe that technical analysis is more reliable than fundamental analysis, but that's one persons opinion.
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