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Today's Earnings Conference Calls

Below you will find a list of upcoming earnings conference calls that public companies will be holding for interested investors. Public companies often schedule conference calls to discuss their earnings or share other information with investors. This report shows conference calls coming up in the next 90 days, including those happening today. Learn how individual investors can utilize earnings conference calls.

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CompanyDate of CallWebcast LinkDial In
Bilibili Inc. stock logo
09/08/22 8:00 AM ETBilibili Earnings Call
Gaotu Techedu
09/08/22 8:00 AM ETGaotu Techedu Earnings CallPhone: 412-317-0088
Passcode: 7374750
Smart Share Global
09/08/22 8:00 AM ETSmart Share Global Earnings CallPhone: 855-883-1031
Passcode: 10024563
First High-School Education Group Co., Ltd. stock logo
First High-School Education Group
09/08/22 8:00 AM ETFirst High-School Education Group Earnings CallPhone: 412-317-0088
Passcode: 3454103
MasterCraft Boat Holdings, Inc. stock logo
MasterCraft Boat
09/08/22 8:30 AM ETMasterCraft Boat Earnings Call
Casey's General Stores, Inc. stock logo
Casey's General Stores
09/08/22 8:30 AM ETCasey's General Stores Earnings Call
The Lovesac Company stock logo
09/08/22 8:30 AM ETLovesac Earnings Call
Hooker Furnishings Co. stock logo
Hooker Furnishings
09/08/22 9:00 AM ETHooker Furnishings Earnings Call
Streamline Health Solutions, Inc. stock logo
Streamline Health Solutions
09/08/22 9:00 AM ETStreamline Health Solutions Earnings CallPhone: 201-612-7415
Passcode: 13732058
FuelCell Energy, Inc. stock logo
FuelCell Energy
09/08/22 10:00 AM ETFuelCell Energy Earnings Call
Fusion Fuel Green PLC stock logo
Fusion Fuel Green
09/08/22 10:00 AM ETFusion Fuel Green Earnings Call
Copart, Inc. stock logo
09/08/22 11:00 AM ETCopart Earnings Call
Zscaler, Inc. stock logo
09/08/22 4:30 PM ETZscaler Earnings Call
DocuSign, Inc. stock logo
09/08/22 4:30 PM ETDocuSign Earnings CallPhone: 412-317-6671
Passcode: 13732324
Limoneira stock logo
09/08/22 4:30 PM ETLimoneira Earnings CallPhone: 412-317-6671
Passcode: 13732445
Lakeland Industries, Inc. stock logo
Lakeland Industries
09/08/22 4:30 PM ETLakeland Industries Earnings CallPhone: 919-882-2331
Passcode: 46450
Champions Oncology, Inc. stock logo
Champions Oncology
09/08/22 4:30 PM ETChampions Oncology Earnings CallPhone: 919-882-2331
Passcode: 46511
Concrete Pumping Holdings, Inc. stock logo
Concrete Pumping
09/08/22 5:00 PM ETConcrete Pumping Earnings CallPhone: 412-317-6671
Passcode: 13732403
Mission Produce, Inc. stock logo
Mission Produce
09/08/22 5:00 PM ETMission Produce Earnings CallPhone: 412-317-6671
Passcode: 13731623
Zumiez Inc. stock logo
09/08/22 5:00 PM ETZumiez Earnings Call
Smith & Wesson Brands, Inc. stock logo
Smith & Wesson Brands
09/08/22 5:00 PM ETSmith & Wesson Brands Earnings Call
American Outdoor Brands, Inc. stock logo
American Outdoor Brands
09/08/22 5:00 PM ETAmerican Outdoor Brands Earnings Call
Sprinklr, Inc. stock logo
09/08/22 5:00 PM ETSprinklr Earnings Call
Sprinklr, Inc. stock logo
09/08/22 5:00 PM ETSprinklr Earnings Call
Cantaloupe, Inc. stock logo
09/08/22 5:00 PM ETCantaloupe Earnings Call
eGain Co. stock logo
09/08/22 5:00 PM ETeGain Earnings CallPhone: 412-317-0088
Passcode: 2970911
RH stock logo
09/08/22 5:00 PM ETRH Earnings Call
MEI Pharma, Inc. stock logo
MEI Pharma
09/08/22 5:00 PM ETMEI Pharma Earnings Call
Waterdrop Inc. stock logo
09/09/22 8:00 AM ETWaterdrop Earnings CallPhone: 412-317-0088
Passcode: 6133699
ABM Industries Incorporated stock logo
ABM Industries
09/09/22 8:30 AM ETABM Industries Earnings CallPhone: 844-512-2921
Passcode: 13731011
The Kroger Co. stock logo
09/09/22 10:00 AM ETKroger Earnings Call
Akoustis Technologies, Inc. stock logo
Akoustis Technologies
09/12/22 8:00 AM ETAkoustis Technologies Earnings Call
SeaChange International, Inc. stock logo
SeaChange International
09/12/22 4:30 PM ETSeaChange International Earnings Call
Braze, Inc. stock logo
09/12/22 5:00 PM ETBraze Earnings Call
Rent the Runway, Inc. stock logo
Rent the Runway
09/12/22 5:00 PM ETRent the Runway Earnings CallPhone: 412-317-6671
Passcode: 13732201
Planet Labs PBC stock logo
Planet Labs PBC
09/12/22 5:00 PM ETPlanet Labs PBC Earnings Call
Oracle Co. stock logo
09/12/22 5:00 PM ETOracle Earnings Call
Core & Main, Inc. stock logo
Core & Main
09/13/22 8:30 AM ETCore & Main Earnings Call
MIND Technology, Inc. stock logo
MIND Technology
09/13/22 9:00 AM ETMIND Technology Earnings CallPhone: 201-612-7415
Passcode: 13732406#
Matrix Service stock logo
Matrix Service
09/13/22 10:30 AM ETMatrix Service Earnings Call
Aspen Group, Inc. stock logo
Aspen Group
09/13/22 4:30 PM ETAspen Group Earnings CallPhone: 412-317-6671
Passcode: 13732189
Connect Biopharma Holdings Limited stock logo
Connect Biopharma
09/13/22 4:30 PM ETConnect Biopharma Earnings Call
Vintage Wine Estates, Inc. stock logo
Vintage Wine Estates
09/13/22 4:45 PM ETVintage Wine Estates Earnings CallPhone: 412-317-6671
Passcode: 13732030
Iris Energy Limited stock logo
Iris Energy
09/13/22 5:00 PM ETIris Energy Earnings Call
Cenntro Electric Group Limited stock logo
Cenntro Electric Group
09/13/22 5:30 PM ETCenntro Electric Group Earnings CallPhone: 855-883-1031
Passcode: 10025106
17 Education & Technology Group Inc. stock logo
17 Education & Technology Group
09/13/22 9:00 PM ET17 Education & Technology Group Earnings Call
Li-Cycle Holdings Corp. stock logo
09/14/22 8:30 AM ETLi-Cycle Earnings Call
Tsakos Energy Navigation Limited stock logo
Tsakos Energy Navigation
09/14/22 10:00 AM ETTsakos Energy Navigation Earnings Call
LightPath Technologies, Inc. stock logo
LightPath Technologies
09/14/22 5:00 PM ETLightPath Technologies Earnings CallPhone: 412-317-0088
Passcode: 2160358
IronNet, Inc. stock logo
09/14/22 5:00 PM ETIronNet Earnings Call
Aurora Mobile Limited stock logo
Aurora Mobile
09/15/22 7:30 AM ETAurora Mobile Earnings Call
MYT Netherlands Parent B.V. stock logo
MYT Netherlands Parent B.V.
09/15/22 8:00 AM ETMYT Netherlands Parent B.V. Earnings CallPhone: 866-813-9403
Passcode: 910487
Boqii Holding Limited stock logo
09/15/22 8:00 AM ETBoqii Earnings CallPhone: 412-317-0088
Passcode: 5007119
AutoZone, Inc. stock logo
09/19/22 10:00 AM ETAutoZone Earnings CallPhone: 877-481-4010
Passcode: 46463
Stitch Fix, Inc. stock logo
Stitch Fix
09/20/22 5:00 PM ETStitch Fix Earnings CallPhone: 719-457-0820
Passcode: 5357876
Aurora Cannabis Inc. stock logo
Aurora Cannabis
09/20/22 5:00 PM ETAurora Cannabis Earnings Call
General Mills, Inc. stock logo
General Mills
09/21/22 9:00 AM ETGeneral Mills Earnings Call
Trip.com Group Limited stock logo
Trip.com Group
09/21/22 8:00 PM ETTrip.com Group Earnings Call
Accenture plc stock logo
09/22/22 8:00 AM ETAccenture Earnings Call
Darden Restaurants, Inc. stock logo
Darden Restaurants
09/22/22 8:30 AM ETDarden Restaurants Earnings Call
Steelcase Inc. stock logo
09/22/22 8:30 AM ETSteelcase Earnings Call
FactSet Research Systems Inc. stock logo
FactSet Research Systems
09/22/22 11:00 AM ETFactSet Research Systems Earnings Call
Costco Wholesale Co. stock logo
Costco Wholesale
09/22/22 5:00 PM ETCostco Wholesale Earnings Call
FedEx Co. stock logo
09/22/22 5:30 PM ETFedEx Earnings Call
Jabil Inc. stock logo
09/27/22 8:30 AM ETJabil Earnings Call
TD SYNNEX Co. stock logo
09/27/22 9:00 AM ETTD SYNNEX Earnings Call
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. stock logo
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store
09/27/22 11:00 AM ETCracker Barrel Old Country Store Earnings Call
MillerKnoll, Inc. stock logo
09/28/22 5:30 PM ETMillerKnoll Earnings Call
Concentrix Co. stock logo
09/29/22 9:00 AM ETConcentrix Earnings Call
Enerpac Tool Group Corp. stock logo
Enerpac Tool Group
09/29/22 11:00 AM ETEnerpac Tool Group Earnings Call
Micron Technology, Inc. stock logo
Micron Technology
09/29/22 4:30 PM ETMicron Technology Earnings Call
NIKE, Inc. stock logo
09/29/22 5:00 PM ETNIKE Earnings Call
McCormick & Company, Incorporated stock logo
McCormick & Company, Incorporated
10/06/22 8:00 AM ETMcCormick & Company, Incorporated Earnings CallPhone: 201-612-7415
Passcode: 13732581
Conagra Brands, Inc. stock logo
Conagra Brands
10/06/22 9:30 AM ETConagra Brands Earnings Call
Constellation Brands, Inc. stock logo
Constellation Brands
10/06/22 10:30 AM ETConstellation Brands Earnings Call
Constellation Brands, Inc. stock logo
Constellation Brands
10/06/22 10:30 AM ETConstellation Brands Earnings Call
PepsiCo, Inc. stock logo
10/12/22 8:15 AM ETPepsiCo Earnings Call
JPMorgan Chase & Co. stock logo
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
10/14/22 8:30 AM ETJPMorgan Chase & Co. Earnings Call
Morgan Stanley stock logo
Morgan Stanley
10/14/22 9:30 AM ETMorgan Stanley Earnings Call
Citigroup Inc. stock logo
10/14/22 11:00 AM ETCitigroup Earnings Call
The Bank of New York Mellon Co. stock logo
Bank of New York Mellon
10/17/22 8:00 AM ETBank of New York Mellon Earnings CallPhone: 719-457-0820
Passcode: 5049084
Bank of America Co. stock logo
Bank of America
10/17/22 8:30 AM ETBank of America Earnings Call
Johnson & Johnson stock logo
Johnson & Johnson
10/18/22 8:30 AM ETJohnson & Johnson Earnings Call
Comerica Incorporated stock logo
10/19/22 8:00 AM ETComerica Earnings Call
Citizens Financial Group, Inc. stock logo
Citizens Financial Group
10/19/22 9:00 AM ETCitizens Financial Group Earnings CallPhone: 866-207-1041
Passcode: 8979691
Landstar System, Inc. stock logo
Landstar System
10/20/22 8:00 AM ETLandstar System Earnings Call
Dow Inc. stock logo
10/20/22 8:00 AM ETDOW Earnings Call
AT&T Inc. stock logo
10/20/22 8:30 AM ETAT&T Earnings Call
Philip Morris International Inc. stock logo
Philip Morris International
10/20/22 9:00 AM ETPhilip Morris International Earnings Call
Great Southern Bancorp, Inc. stock logo
Great Southern Bancorp
10/20/22 3:00 PM ETGreat Southern Bancorp Earnings Call
Whirlpool Co. stock logo
10/21/22 8:00 AM ETWhirlpool Earnings Call
Verizon Communications Inc. stock logo
Verizon Communications
10/21/22 8:30 AM ETVerizon Communications Earnings Call
Huntington Bancshares Incorporated stock logo
Huntington Bancshares
10/21/22 9:00 AM ETHuntington Bancshares Earnings CallPhone: 201-612-7415
Passcode: 13732539
Sensient Technologies Co. stock logo
Sensient Technologies
10/21/22 9:30 AM ETSensient Technologies Earnings Call
SAP SE stock logo
10/25/22 8:00 AM ETSAP Earnings Call
United Parcel Service, Inc. stock logo
United Parcel Service
10/25/22 8:30 AM ETUnited Parcel Service Earnings Call
Halliburton stock logo
10/25/22 9:00 AM ETHalliburton Earnings Call
Kimberly-Clark Co. stock logo
10/25/22 10:00 AM ETKimberly-Clark Earnings Call
Sun Communities, Inc. stock logo
Sun Communities
10/25/22 11:00 AM ETSun Communities Earnings CallPhone: 412-317-6671
Passcode: 13732466
Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. stock logo
Alexandria Real Estate Equities
10/25/22 3:00 PM ETAlexandria Real Estate Equities Earnings CallPhone: 412-317-0088
Passcode: 9685874
Canadian National Railway stock logo
Canadian National Railway
10/25/22 4:30 PM ETCanadian National Railway Earnings Call
Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. stock logo
Chipotle Mexican Grill
10/25/22 4:30 PM ETChipotle Mexican Grill Earnings Call
Bristol-Myers Squibb stock logo
Bristol-Myers Squibb
10/26/22 8:00 AM ETBristol-Myers Squibb Earnings Call
Ryder System, Inc. stock logo
Ryder System
10/26/22 11:00 AM ETRyder System Earnings Call
Amphenol Co. stock logo
10/26/22 1:00 PM ETAmphenol Earnings CallPhone: 203-369-3686
Passcode: 7183
Merck & Co., Inc. stock logo
Merck & Co., Inc.
10/27/22 8:00 AM ETMerck & Co., Inc. Earnings Call
Caterpillar Inc. stock logo
10/27/22 8:30 AM ETCaterpillar Earnings Call
Kimco Realty Corp stock logo
Kimco Realty
10/27/22 8:30 AM ETKimco Realty Earnings Call
Altria Group, Inc. stock logo
Altria Group
10/27/22 9:00 AM ETAltria Group Earnings Call
Hersha Hospitality Trust stock logo
Hersha Hospitality Trust
10/27/22 9:00 AM ETHersha Hospitality Trust Earnings CallPhone: 866-813-9403
Passcode: 177094
Tradeweb Markets Inc. stock logo
Tradeweb Markets
10/27/22 9:30 AM ETTradeweb Markets Earnings Call
First American Financial Co. stock logo
First American Financial
10/27/22 11:00 AM ETFirst American Financial Earnings Call
Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. stock logo
Reliance Steel & Aluminum
10/27/22 11:00 AM ETReliance Steel & Aluminum Earnings Call
Teck Resources Limited stock logo
Teck Resources
10/27/22 11:00 AM ETTeck Resources Earnings Call
Southwest Airlines Co. stock logo
Southwest Airlines
10/27/22 12:30 PM ETSouthwest Airlines Earnings Call
Pebblebrook Hotel Trust stock logo
Pebblebrook Hotel Trust
10/28/22 9:00 AM ETPebblebrook Hotel Trust Earnings Call
W.W. Grainger, Inc. stock logo
W.W. Grainger
10/28/22 11:00 AM ETW.W. Grainger Earnings Call
Ashford Hospitality Trust, Inc. stock logo
Ashford Hospitality Trust
11/02/22 11:00 AM ETAshford Hospitality Trust Earnings CallPhone: 412-317-6671
Passcode: 13732686
Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, Inc. stock logo
Tanger Factory Outlet Centers
11/03/22 8:30 AM ETTanger Factory Outlet Centers Earnings CallPhone: 877-660-6853
Passcode: 13732469
RPT Realty stock logo
RPT Realty
11/03/22 10:00 AM ETRPT Realty Earnings CallPhone: 412-317-6671
Passcode: 13732362
Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. stock logo
Host Hotels & Resorts
11/03/22 10:00 AM ETHost Hotels & Resorts Earnings CallPhone: 919-882-2331
Passcode: 46480
Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. stock logo
Host Hotels & Resorts
11/03/22 10:00 AM ETHost Hotels & Resorts Earnings CallPhone: 919-882-2331
Passcode: 46480
Park Hotels & Resorts Inc. stock logo
Park Hotels & Resorts
11/03/22 11:00 AM ETPark Hotels & Resorts Earnings Call
Braemar Hotels & Resorts  stock logo
Braemar Hotels & Resorts
11/03/22 12:00 PM ETBraemar Hotels & Resorts Earnings CallPhone: 412-317-6671
Passcode: 13732690
DiamondRock Hospitality stock logo
DiamondRock Hospitality
11/04/22 9:00 AM ETDiamondRock Hospitality 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 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 prominently posted. Usually under the heading of "Investor Relations".

One of the resources investors have available but frequently ignore is the conference call. Sometimes called the "earnings call" this is an important event during which the CEO and senior executives discuss the state of the company with analysts. As a shareholder or potential 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 interested parties. This includes institutional investors (such as the large investment banks and stock analysts) but conference calls are also available to individual investors. Conference calls are usually scheduled every quarter and usually 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.

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 is a way for them to highlight their accomplishments.

On the other hand, if the company had a poor quarter, the conference call gives them the opportunity to calm investors looking to jump ship. 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 to be forthcoming with information. It doesn't mean that companies won't put a spin on their conference call but, in general, there is more harm to a company if they avoid analysts than 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 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. Does what they say track with any research you’ve done or read? If there were major issues that affected their performance negatively, have those issues been resolved, or will they be resolved soon? Any color on performance could be a clue to future stock performance.

The last part of the call is a question-and-answer period for analysts and investors. This is perhaps the most useful part of the call for investors because analysts will quickly cut through the official language and push for clarity on areas that warrant a deeper explanation. Think of this as 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 is important because it occurs after a company has released its earnings reports. After the call, analysts and investment banks will make their “buy”, “sell”, or “hold” recommendations which is what moves the stock price. 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” in terms of revenue, earnings per share (EPS), or both, the conference call gives companies the opportunity to mitigate the 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 to 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 if the report was not good. Much of this information is available either on the company's website and on other financial sites like Marketbeat.com. 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 at the end. Remember, there is a natural tension between analysts and the company. The company is trying to present itself 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 that 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 that 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 stock longer than they should, or miss a chance to increase their investment in 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 its 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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