Fall 2021 Stock Pitch Competition

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Walton Student Success collaborated with Stephens Inc., a privately held financial services firm focused on building long-term relationships and long-term results, to put on the Fall 2021 Stock Pitch Competition.

The stock pitch competition challenges students to prepare and present buy/hold/sell recommendations and vigorously defend them. Students are allotted 5 minutes for their pitch which includes a 5 slide powerpoint and 10 minutes for Q&A. Judged by a panel of Stephens employers, the intense competition is designed to replicate the fast-paced, demanding experience of sell-side and buy-side analysts. Key components of each pitch included: rating (buy or sell), price target (expected stock price one year from today, valuation (price target is justified by a valuation metric or metrics), and an emphasis on what the target market is missing and why.

The Fall 2021 Stock Pitch Competition had a total of 32 students participate. Round one was held virtually on Sept. 3. Of the 32 students, six students — William Cross, David Ator, Andres Balderrama Montano, Logan Estes, Daniel Kuehl, and Andrew Turner — advanced to round two, which took place in Willard J. Walker Hall on Sept. 9. William Cross, a current junior finance major with a minor in Japanese, took home first place. Cross' name will be inscribed on the Stephens Inc. Trophy, and was awarded an Amazon gift card for his outstanding pitch.

A job well done to all those who participated and a special thank you to Stephens Inc. 

Spring 2022 will be when Stephens Inc. hosts their next Stock Pitch Competition. More information to come.


Sammi Nelson, associate director
Walton Student Success
479-575-4220, sln002@uark.edu


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