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Fire Your Stock Analyst!: Analyzing Stocks on Your Own by Harry Domash

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Chapter 18. Earnings Reports & Conference Calls

Most companies issue a press release reporting their last quarter’s earnings within a few weeks of the quarter’s end. The SEC allows firms 45 days after the quarter’s end, and 90 days after the end of their fiscal year, to file their SEC reports, so the press release data could be all that you have to go on for some time.

Companies usually conduct an analysts’ conference call within hours of the earnings release. Anyone can listen in on the conference call live, or listen to a recording (via your browser), for at least a month after the call. You can access the call from the investor’s section of the company’s We site.

All calls follow the same structure. They begin with the CEO and CFO reading ...

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