5:45 a.m.: Wake up and check BlackBerry for any news.
6:00 a.m.: Check foreign markets on CNBC from home before I leave for work. Foreign stock markets and the futures market are a good proxy of how the U.S. markets will open.
6:30 a.m.: Arrive at work. Monitor foreign positions and comb through e-mail, checking for any upgrades or downgrades from sell-side analysts.
7:00 a.m.: Attend morning meeting with the other five members of our portfolio team. We discuss two positions. Company XYZ has doubled in three months and now represents a significant concentration of the portfolio. We decide to trim our position. The other stock has underperformed significantly. Our investment thesis remains intact, and we decide to schedule a call with Company XYZ’s CFO for later in the day.
8:00 a.m.: Receive phone call from a sell-side analyst that downgraded a stock I have a large position in. He explains his reasoning for the downgrade. I expect the stock to drop significantly and may use the opportunity to purchase more stock.
8:30 a.m.: Read the Sell-side analyst’s downgrade report. Revisit my financial model and assumptions. I disagree with certain key conclusions and check the pre-market trading activity. It appears the stock is down 12 percent.
9:00 a.m.: Notify the portfolio manager that I want to purchase more of the stock. He approves the decision.
9:30 a.m.: The market opens and the stock is down 15 percent. I contact our trader and let him know I want to purchase an additional 100,000 shares.
9:35 a.m.: The trader calls me and confirms he was able to find 100,000 shares and made the purchase.
9:45 a.m.: Meet with a colleague on the options desk for coffee. As an analyst covering three industries, I brief him on my industry outlooks. He is trying to devise an options strategy to capitalize on the volatility of one of my industries. I assist by notifying him of upcoming catalysts that will increase volatility in the industry.
11:00 a.m.: Meet with the portfolio manager to further discuss Company XYZ and why the stock is underperforming. He asks extremely detailed questions on the company’s inventory levels. I answer most of the questions but need to get back to him on others.
11:30 a.m.: Call up several distributors of the company to discuss inventory levels. Determine that inventory remains at all-time low levels. Write the portfolio manager a quick e-mail.
1:00 p.m.: Eat lunch with a sales representative from JP Morgan. The purpose of the lunch is to introduce me to a new sell-side analyst the firm has hired and to hear his investment ideas.
2:00 p.m.: Prepare for the conference call with Company XYZ’s CFO. Write down five topics I plan on discussing with him.
2:30 p.m.: Conference call with CFO of company XYZ.
3:30 p.m.: Discuss the call with the portfolio manager. We agree to hold onto the position.
4:00 p.m.: Go through e-mail and return phone calls.
6:00 p.m.: Prepare for earnings releases of three companies for the next day.
7:00 p.m.: Go home.