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Upcoming Conference Calls

Below you will find a list of upcoming earnings conference calls for publicly-traded companies. Public companies often schedule conference calls to discuss their earnings or share other information with investors. Learn how individual investors can utilize conference calls.

CompanyDate of CallTitle
QAD logo
QADA
QAD
05/27/20QAD Earnings Call
QAD logo
QADB
QAD
05/27/20QAD Earnings Call
Ralph Lauren logo
RL
Ralph Lauren
05/27/20Ralph Lauren Earnings Call
BOSC
BOS Better OnLine Sol
05/27/20BOS Better OnLine Sol Earnings Call
NetApp logo
NTAP
NetApp
05/27/20NetApp Earnings Call
Royal Bank of Canada logo
RY
Royal Bank of Canada
05/27/20Royal Bank of Canada Earnings Call
Bank of Montreal logo
BMO
Bank of Montreal
05/27/20Bank of Montreal Earnings Call
BOX logo
BOX
BOX
05/27/20BOX Earnings Call
HP logo
HPQ
HP
05/27/20HP Earnings Call
Nutanix logo
NTNX
Nutanix
05/27/20Nutanix Earnings Call
Toll Brothers logo
TOL
Toll Brothers
05/27/20Toll Brothers Earnings Call
Descartes Systems Group logo
DSGX
Descartes Systems Group
05/27/20Descartes Systems Group Earnings Call
Partner Communications logo
PTNR
Partner Communications
05/27/20Partner Communications Earnings Call
IMBI
iMedia Brands
05/27/20iMedia Brands Earnings Call
Townsquare Media logo
TSQ
Townsquare Media
05/27/20Townsquare Media Earnings Call
Embraer logo
ERJ
Embraer
05/27/20Embraer Earnings Call
CENT PUERTO S A/S logo
CEPU
CENT PUERTO S A/S
05/27/20CENT PUERTO S A/S Earnings Call
STG
Sunlands Online Education Group
05/27/20Sunlands Online Education Group Earnings Call
Photronics logo
PLAB
Photronics
05/27/20Photronics Earnings Call
Semtech logo
SMTC
Semtech
05/27/20Semtech Earnings Call
SpartanNash logo
SPTN
SpartanNash
05/27/20SpartanNash Earnings Call
AMERCO logo
UHAL
AMERCO
05/27/20AMERCO Earnings Call
BEST
BEST
05/27/20BEST Earnings Call
Trinity Biotech logo
TRIB
Trinity Biotech
05/27/20Trinity Biotech Earnings Call
Yintech Investment logo
YIN
Yintech Investment
05/27/20Yintech Investment Earnings Call
WISA
Summit Wireless Technologies
05/27/20Summit Wireless Technologies Earnings Call
ARCE
Arco Platform
05/27/20Arco Platform Earnings Call
Big 5 Sporting Goods logo
BGFV
Big 5 Sporting Goods
05/27/20Big 5 Sporting Goods Earnings Call
CorVel logo
CRVL
CorVel
05/27/20CorVel Earnings Call
Dorian LPG logo
LPG
Dorian LPG
05/27/20Dorian LPG Earnings Call
Vipshop logo
VIPS
Vipshop
05/27/20Vipshop Earnings Call
Columbus McKinnon logo
CMCO
Columbus McKinnon
05/27/20Columbus McKinnon Earnings Call
REDHILL BIOPHAR/S logo
RDHL
REDHILL BIOPHAR/S
05/27/20REDHILL BIOPHAR/S Earnings Call
UVV
Universal
05/27/20Universal Earnings Call
Credit Acceptance logo
CACC
Credit Acceptance
05/27/20Credit Acceptance Earnings Call
CANG
Cango
05/27/20Cango Earnings Call
Genesis Healthcare logo
GEN
Genesis Healthcare
05/27/20Genesis Healthcare Earnings Call
Geron logo
GERN
Geron
05/28/20Geron Earnings Call
Hoegh LNG Partners logo
HMLP
Hoegh LNG Partners
05/28/20Hoegh LNG Partners Earnings Call
RYB Education logo
RYB
RYB Education
05/28/20RYB Education Earnings Call
TCOM
Trip.com Group
05/28/20Trip.com Group Earnings Call
Pure Storage logo
PSTG
Pure Storage
05/28/20Pure Storage Earnings Call
Golar LNG logo
GLNG
Golar LNG
05/28/20Golar LNG Earnings Call
Golar LNG Partners logo
GMLP
Golar LNG Partners
05/28/20Golar LNG Partners Earnings Call
Modine Manufacturing logo
MOD
Modine Manufacturing
05/28/20Modine Manufacturing Earnings Call
Adverum Biotechnologies logo
ADVM
Adverum Biotechnologies
05/28/20Adverum Biotechnologies Earnings Call
GIGA
Giga-tronics
05/28/20Giga-tronics Earnings Call
Lumber Liquidators logo
LL
Lumber Liquidators
05/28/20Lumber Liquidators Earnings Call
REX American Resources logo
REX
REX American Resources
05/28/20REX American Resources Earnings Call
Triumph Group logo
TGI
Triumph Group
05/28/20Triumph Group Earnings Call
Williams-Sonoma logo
WSM
Williams-Sonoma
05/28/20Williams-Sonoma Earnings Call
NIO logo
NIO
NIO
05/28/20NIO Earnings Call
Titan Machinery logo
TITN
Titan Machinery
05/28/20Titan Machinery Earnings Call
UONE
Urban One
05/28/20Urban One Earnings Call
UONEK
Urban One
05/28/20Urban One Earnings Call
Burlington Stores logo
BURL
Burlington Stores
05/28/20Burlington Stores Earnings Call
Nordstrom logo
JWN
Nordstrom
05/28/20Nordstrom Earnings Call
Monro logo
MNRO
Monro
05/28/20Monro Earnings Call
Citi Trends logo
CTRN
Citi Trends
05/28/20Citi Trends Earnings Call
Dollar Tree logo
DLTR
Dollar Tree
05/28/20Dollar Tree Earnings Call
Sanderson Farms logo
SAFM
Sanderson Farms
05/28/20Sanderson Farms Earnings Call
VMware logo
VMW
VMware
05/28/20VMware Earnings Call
Ollie's Bargain Outlet logo
OLLI
Ollie's Bargain Outlet
05/28/20Ollie's Bargain Outlet Earnings Call
PagSeguro Digital logo
PAGS
PagSeguro Digital
05/28/20PagSeguro Digital Earnings Call
MiX Telematics logo
MIXT
MiX Telematics
05/28/20MiX Telematics Earnings Call
Workday logo
WDAY
Workday
05/28/20Workday Earnings Call
AFYA
Afya
05/28/20Afya Earnings Call
DXC Technology logo
DXC
DXC Technology
05/28/20DXC Technology Earnings Call
Momo logo
MOMO
Momo
05/28/20Momo Earnings Call
TH
Target Hospitality
05/28/20Target Hospitality Earnings Call
salesforce.com logo
CRM
salesforce.com
05/28/20salesforce.com Earnings Call
Dollar General logo
DG
Dollar General
05/28/20Dollar General Earnings Call
Hamilton Lane logo
HLNE
Hamilton Lane
05/28/20Hamilton Lane Earnings Call
Toronto-Dominion Bank logo
TD
Toronto-Dominion Bank
05/28/20Toronto-Dominion Bank Earnings Call
Zscaler logo
ZS
Zscaler
05/28/20Zscaler Earnings Call
Canadian Solar logo
CSIQ
Canadian Solar
05/28/20Canadian Solar Earnings Call
KNOT Offshore Partners logo
KNOP
KNOT Offshore Partners
05/28/20KNOT Offshore Partners Earnings Call
Ulta Beauty logo
ULTA
Ulta Beauty
05/28/20Ulta Beauty Earnings Call
Veeva Systems logo
VEEV
Veeva Systems
05/28/20Veeva Systems Earnings Call
Autodesk logo
ADSK
Autodesk
05/28/20Autodesk Earnings Call
Okta logo
OKTA
Okta
05/28/20Okta Earnings Call
Dell logo
DELL
Dell
05/28/20Dell Earnings Call
Costco Wholesale logo
COST
Costco Wholesale
05/28/20Costco Wholesale Earnings Call
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce logo
CM
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
05/28/20Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce Earnings Call
Steven Madden logo
SHOO
Steven Madden
05/28/20Steven Madden Earnings Call
Grupo Supervielle logo
SUPV
Grupo Supervielle
05/28/20Grupo Supervielle Earnings Call
LATAM Airlines Group logo
LTM
LATAM Airlines Group
05/29/20LATAM Airlines Group Earnings Call
CIRCOR International logo
CIR
CIRCOR International
05/29/20CIRCOR International Earnings Call
Big Lots logo
BIG
Big Lots
05/29/20Big Lots Earnings Call
EH
EHang
05/29/20EHang Earnings Call
HUIZ
Phoenix Tree
05/29/20Phoenix Tree Earnings Call
Golden Ocean Group logo
GOGL
Golden Ocean Group
05/29/20Golden Ocean Group Earnings Call
Canopy Growth logo
CGC
Canopy Growth
05/29/20Canopy Growth Earnings Call
NGL Energy Partners logo
NGL
NGL Energy Partners
06/01/20NGL Energy Partners Earnings Call
Perceptron logo
PRCP
Perceptron
06/01/20Perceptron Earnings Call
Asante Solutions logo
PUMP
Asante Solutions
06/01/20Asante Solutions Earnings Call
Capital Southwest logo
CSWC
Capital Southwest
06/01/20Capital Southwest Earnings Call
HHR
HeadHunter Group
06/01/20HeadHunter Group Earnings Call
Healthequity logo
HQY
Healthequity
06/02/20Healthequity Earnings Call
MDLA
Medallia
06/02/20Medallia Earnings Call
Dicks Sporting Goods logo
DKS
Dicks Sporting Goods
06/02/20Dicks Sporting Goods Earnings Call
CRWD
Crowdstrike
06/02/20Crowdstrike Earnings Call
Donaldson logo
DCI
Donaldson
06/02/20Donaldson Earnings Call
ZM
Zoom Video Communications
06/02/20Zoom Video Communications Earnings Call
Digital Turbine logo
APPS
Digital Turbine
06/02/20Digital Turbine Earnings Call
Everi logo
EVRI
Everi
06/02/20Everi Earnings Call
Baozun logo
BZUN
Baozun
06/02/20Baozun Earnings Call
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store logo
CBRL
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store
06/02/20Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Earnings Call
Ambarella logo
AMBA
Ambarella
06/02/20Ambarella Earnings Call
Tilly's logo
TLYS
Tilly's
06/03/20Tilly's Earnings Call
KC
Bill.com
06/03/20Bill.com Earnings Call
YJ
Yunji
06/03/20Yunji Earnings Call
ESTC
Elastic
06/03/20Elastic Earnings Call
Guidewire Software logo
GWRE
Guidewire Software
06/03/20Guidewire Software Earnings Call
Campbell Soup logo
CPB
Campbell Soup
06/03/20Campbell Soup Earnings Call
RUHN
Ruhnn
06/03/20Ruhnn Earnings Call
Cloudera logo
CLDR
Cloudera
06/03/20Cloudera Earnings Call
Zuora logo
ZUO
Zuora
06/03/20Zuora Earnings Call
Vera Bradley logo
VRA
Vera Bradley
06/03/20Vera Bradley Earnings Call
CHNG
Change Healthcare
06/03/20Change Healthcare Earnings Call
American Eagle Outfitters logo
AEO
American Eagle Outfitters
06/03/20American Eagle Outfitters Earnings Call
Greif logo
GEF
Greif
06/03/20Greif Earnings Call
GEF.B
Greif
06/03/20Greif Earnings Call
Smartsheet logo
SMAR
Smartsheet
06/03/20Smartsheet Earnings Call
Toro logo
TTC
Toro
06/04/20Toro Earnings Call
Quanex Building Products logo
NX
Quanex Building Products
06/04/20Quanex Building Products Earnings Call
Zumiez logo
ZUMZ
Zumiez
06/04/20Zumiez Earnings Call
WORK
Slack
06/04/20Slack Earnings Call
Cooper Companies logo
COO
Cooper Companies
06/04/20Cooper Companies Earnings Call
Michaels Companies logo
MIK
Michaels Companies
06/04/20Michaels Companies Earnings Call
Broadcom logo
AVGO
Broadcom
06/04/20Broadcom Earnings Call
PD
Pagerduty
06/04/20Pagerduty Earnings Call
Science Applications International logo
SAIC
Science Applications International
06/04/20Science Applications International Earnings Call
Abercrombie & Fitch logo
ANF
Abercrombie & Fitch
06/04/20Abercrombie & Fitch Earnings Call
Westport Fuel Systems logo
WPRT
Westport Fuel Systems
06/04/20Westport Fuel Systems Earnings Call
ProShares UltraShort DJ-UBS Commodity logo
CMD
ProShares UltraShort DJ-UBS Commodity
06/04/20ProShares UltraShort DJ-UBS Commodity Earnings Call
Hovnanian Enterprises logo
HOV
Hovnanian Enterprises
06/04/20Hovnanian Enterprises Earnings Call
Sportsman's Warehouse logo
SPWH
Sportsman's Warehouse
06/04/20Sportsman's Warehouse Earnings Call
Yext logo
YEXT
Yext
06/04/20Yext Earnings Call
Duluth logo
DLTH
Duluth
06/04/20Duluth Earnings Call
GAP logo
GPS
GAP
06/04/20GAP Earnings Call
Vail Resorts logo
MTN
Vail Resorts
06/04/20Vail Resorts Earnings Call
Secureworks logo
SCWX
Secureworks
06/04/20Secureworks Earnings Call
J M Smucker logo
SJM
J M Smucker
06/04/20J M Smucker Earnings Call
Destination XL Group logo
DXLG
Destination XL Group
06/04/20Destination XL Group Earnings Call
Mongodb logo
MDB
Mongodb
06/04/20Mongodb Earnings Call
Docusign logo
DOCU
Docusign
06/04/20Docusign Earnings Call
GreenTree Hospitality Group logo
GHG
GreenTree Hospitality Group
06/04/20GreenTree Hospitality Group Earnings Call
Caleres logo
CAL
Caleres
06/04/20Caleres Earnings Call
Ciena logo
CIEN
Ciena
06/04/20Ciena Earnings Call
Domo logo
DOMO
Domo
06/04/20Domo Earnings Call
TPCO
Tribune Publishing
06/05/20Tribune Publishing Earnings Call
Calavo Growers logo
CVGW
Calavo Growers
06/08/20Calavo Growers Earnings Call
Stitch Fix logo
SFIX
Stitch Fix
06/08/20Stitch Fix Earnings Call
Rev Group logo
REVG
Rev Group
06/08/20Rev Group Earnings Call
Oil-Dri Co. of America logo
ODC
Oil-Dri Co. of America
06/08/20Oil-Dri Co. of America Earnings Call
Coupa Software logo
COUP
Coupa Software
06/08/20Coupa Software Earnings Call
PHR
Phreesia
06/08/20Phreesia Earnings Call
Signet Jewelers logo
SIG
Signet Jewelers
06/09/20Signet Jewelers Earnings Call
HD Supply logo
HDS
HD Supply
06/09/20HD Supply Earnings Call
Five Below logo
FIVE
Five Below
06/09/20Five Below Earnings Call
Brown-Forman logo
BF.A
Brown-Forman
06/09/20Brown-Forman Earnings Call
Brown-Forman logo
BF.B
Brown-Forman
06/09/20Brown-Forman Earnings Call
CHWY
Chewy
06/09/20Chewy Earnings Call
Graham logo
GHM
Graham
06/10/20Graham Earnings Call
Chico's FAS logo
CHS
Chico's FAS
06/10/20Chico's FAS Earnings Call
Childrens Place logo
PLCE
Childrens Place
06/11/20Childrens Place Earnings Call
Hooker Furniture logo
HOFT
Hooker Furniture
06/12/20Hooker Furniture Earnings Call
MFA FINL INC/SH logo
MFA
MFA FINL INC/SH
06/16/20MFA FINL INC/SH Earnings Call
Commercial Metals logo
CMC
Commercial Metals
06/18/20Commercial Metals Earnings Call
Just Energy Group logo
JE
Just Energy Group
06/29/20Just Energy Group Earnings Call
FedEx logo
FDX
FedEx
06/30/20FedEx Earnings Call
Macy's logo
M
Macy's
07/01/20Macy's Earnings Call
JPMorgan Chase & Co. logo
JPM
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
07/14/20JPMorgan Chase & Co. Earnings Call
Bank of New York Mellon logo
BK
Bank of New York Mellon
07/15/20Bank of New York Mellon Earnings Call
Autoliv logo
ALV
Autoliv
07/17/20Autoliv Earnings Call
Canadian National Railway logo
CNI
Canadian National Railway
07/21/20Canadian National Railway Earnings Call
Landstar System logo
LSTR
Landstar System
07/22/20Landstar System Earnings Call
KeyCorp logo
KEY
KeyCorp
07/22/20KeyCorp Earnings Call
Dow Chemical logo
DOW
Dow Chemical
07/23/20Dow Chemical Earnings Call
W W Grainger logo
GWW
W W Grainger
07/23/20W W Grainger Earnings Call
Medpace logo
MEDP
Medpace
07/27/20Medpace Earnings Call
National-Oilwell Varco logo
NOV
National-Oilwell Varco
07/27/20National-Oilwell Varco Earnings Call
Barnes Group logo
B
Barnes Group
07/28/20Barnes Group Earnings Call
Retail Properties of America logo
RPAI
Retail Properties of America
08/04/20Retail Properties of America Earnings Call
RPT Realty logo
RPT
RPT Realty
08/04/20RPT Realty Earnings Call
NOW logo
DNOW
NOW
08/05/20NOW Earnings Call
Kimco Realty logo
KIM
Kimco Realty
08/07/20Kimco Realty Earnings Call
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Conference Calls and Individual Investors

One part of being a successful investor is staying informed about the news and events surrounding the companies in which you are a shareholder. Your job is made somewhat easier because, as a publicly traded company, a business is required to provide existing shareholders with relevant information including annual reports, financial statements, notification of shareholder's meetings, and changes to their board of directors. Even if the company does not mail shareholders this information, they will have a section of their website where this information is captured usually entitled something like "Investor Relations". 

One of the resources investors have available, but frequently do not maximize as they could, is the conference call. Sometimes called the "earnings call" this is an important event during which the CEO and other senior executives discuss the state of the company with analysts. As a shareholder of the company, you are entitled to listen in on this call.

The focus of this article is to go into detail about the process of a conference call, how investors can prepare for the call, and what to listen for to get the information they need to make sound investing decisions.

What is a conference call?

A conference call is an event that allows companies to provide information to any interested party. This includes institutional investors (such as the large investment banks and stock analysts) but is also available to individual investors. Conference calls are usually scheduled every quarter and typically coincide with the release of a company's earnings report. While most companies take advantage of the opportunity to have a conference call with analysts, there is no legal obligation for them to do so.

In the past, conference calls were restricted to Wall Street analysts and institutional investors. However, largely due to the accessibility of a call via the Internet, virtually all public companies allow individual investors to listen to the call live. In fact, you don’t have to be a current shareholder to listen to the call.

Why do companies do conference calls?

A conference call is a form of marketing and public relations for a company. It is an opportunity for them to control or, in some cases, change the narrative of the company. For example, if the company had a solid quarter marked by exceptional growth, the conference call can be a way for them to highlight their accomplishments. On the other hand, if they had a poor quarter, the conference call gives them the opportunity to calm investors who may be looking to jump ship. Sometimes despite positive earnings, analysts are concerned about a company’s future growth because of some known event. Conversely, sometimes a company’s poor performance can be easily explained. Because a conference call typically takes place after the earnings report has been released, executives are not going to lie about their results, but they have a fiduciary obligation to present their company in the best light possible.

Most successful companies know that it's good public relations (not to mention investor relations) to be forthcoming. It doesn't mean that companies won't put a spin on their conference call. Of course, they will. But in general, there is more harm to a company if they avoid analysts then to speak with them.

How is a conference call structured?

Most conference calls follow the same basic format. For participants who are listening to the call on the phone, there will be a dial-in number and passcode. For those who are listening to the call over the Internet, they will be provided with a link to stream the call. At the beginning of the call, the host of the call (someone from the company) will introduce the members of the management team who will be making statements on the call. After this, someone from investor relations or from the company's legal department will go over what can be called the "fine print" of the call. Basically, it's a reminder that past performance doesn't indicate future results, and that while much of what is going to be talked about will be in future terms, there is no guarantee that any events discussed will happen with certainty.

The next section of the call is perhaps the most tedious, but depending on how much research you’ve done can be valuable. This is when the earnings report is reviewed in detail. All of the raw financial data is explained and reviewed. The officers of the company will typically provide some commentary that may go “off script”. For the most part, however, any information in this section of the call is readily available through press releases that have generally already been posted on the company’s site.

So is there any value to this part of the call? Yes, if you know what to listen for. In many cases, this part of the presentation will be divided among several executives including the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and other executives. With the caveat that most companies are looking to put the most positive spin on their results, you can get a lot of information by their future projections. Does what they report track with any research you’ve done? If there were major issues that affected their performance negatively, have those issues been resolved, or will they be resolved soon?

 The last part of the call is a question-and-answer period between the company executives and analysts/investors. This is perhaps the most useful part of the call for investors because analysts will quickly cut through the marketing speak and push for clarity on areas that might be unclear or that warrant a deeper explanation. Think of this like the manager, or coach, of a college or professional sports team addressing the media. The reporters will generally ask the coach questions that they don’t necessarily want to answer. The answer they give can give you a clue about how confident they are about a particular outcome.

Why is the conference call important?

The conference call generally occurs after a company has released its earnings reports. After the call, analysts and investment banks will make their “buy”, “sell”, or “hold” recommendations. So for a company that reported good earnings, the conference call is a way to inspire confidence that they will continue to provide a good return on investment (ROI) for their shareholders. On the other hand, if their report disappointed or “missed” either in terms of revenue, earnings per share (EPS) or both, the conference call gives companies the opportunity to mitigate any damage done to their share price.

How do you prepare for a conference call?

The basic steps you take to prepare for a conference call are really no different than the steps you’d take for making any major purchase. You have to do some prep work in advance of the call, you listen to the call, and then you form your analysis.

  • Preparing for the call – the two basic steps to take when preparing for a conference call are to review the company’s earnings statement from the previous quarter and compare it to recent company news and their current earnings report. What were analysts concerned about after the last earnings report? Were those issues resolved or in the process of being resolved? How do their results track with other companies in their sector, and if relevant with the broader economy? For example, you might expect that an oil company's stock might be going up as crude oil prices rise. But if the company you are investing in has a share price that is declining, this should be a caution flag, if not a red flag. You should also then compare their past quarter's earnings statement with their most recent statement. Obviously, you're looking for consistency if the last quarter was good, and improvement (or maybe just no further erosion) if the report was not good. Much of this information is available either on the company's website or on other financial sites. It may take a few hours to digest all the information, but it will be time well spent.
  • Listening to the call – this means actively listening, particularly to the question-and-answer period in the end. Remember, there is a natural tension between analysts and the company. The company is trying to present themselves in the best possible light and the analysts' job is to paint as realistic a picture as possible. Although individual investors very rarely get to ask questions (in some cases, there are thousands of listeners on a call), the analysts will probably ask the questions that you were thinking of. And, let’s face it; they’ll probably come up with a few that you never even considered.
  • Analyze the call - By doing your research beforehand, you are in a better position to form opinions. Are there any questions in your mind that were left unanswered? Can you make any educated guesses about that answer based on the information you have? Did any of the financial information provided by the company seem irrelevant or self-serving? It's okay to answer yes to this question. The thing about statistics is they can be twisted to make any conclusion you want to make. So if some metric seemed odd to you, chances are the analysts saw it the same way. In the end, trust your gut. In many cases, a conference call will simply confirm what you may have already felt, but in some cases, you may get some surprises. And finally, pay attention to the stock price in the days immediately following the call. That is usually the best indicator of how institutional investors felt about the company's performance on the call.

Are conference calls recorded?

Obviously many individual investors may not have the time to stream an hour-long conference call while they’re e at work. The good news is, in most cases, the conference call will be recorded. Usually, the recording can be found on a company's website in the investor relations section. In the event, the company does not choose to make the recording accessible, it can generally be found on other financial websites. Even if you can only find a written transcript, it can still be valuable.

The bottom line on conference calls

If you're planning to invest in individual stocks as opposed to mutual funds, then it is imperative that you become comfortable with doing the ongoing research to evaluate your stock's performance. Too often, investors miss valuable clues that are hiding in plain sight and hold on to a stock longer than they should, or miss a chance to increase their investment of a stock that is ready to take off. Preparing for, listening to, and analyzing a conference call is one of the simplest ways to make an informed opinion about a stock or stocks in your portfolio.

A company, while not necessarily trying to be misleading, will always be trying to put their best foot forward. Analysts, while not necessarily trying to be combative, are trying to get clear answers. Keeping those two opposing forces in mind, and doing your own research in advance of the call can help you form solid opinions.  Of course, sometimes stock prices take on a life of their own so even if your analysis tells you one thing, it may be wise not to fight the movement of a stock.

 

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