Behold a Dead Horse

There's always a dead horse. On every earnings conference call there's always a dead horse. Yesterday, three huge calls, Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Yahoo! (YHOO) and Intel (INTC), all had dead horses called out, dead horses that were repeatedly beaten by analysts who simply couldn't resist doing some flogging.

What is a dead horse? It might as well be called the elephant in the room, to mix animal metaphors. It is something that all of the analysts are worried about that the company either doesn't want to talk about or thinks is being over-emphasized, incorrectly, by the bears on the call. When it comes up, it is always prefaced by, "I don't want to beat a dead horse, but" and then the elephant surfaces....553 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

Read the full story and get access to the Real Money Pro trading floor.

There’s no substitute for a trading floor to get great ideas, so Jim Cramer created a better one at Real Money and blogs there exclusively. We then added legendary hedge fund manager, Doug Kass, with his exclusive Daily Diary and best investing ideas. Staffed with more than 4 dozen investing pros, money managers, journalists and analysts, Real Money Pro gives you a flood of opinions, analysis and actionable trading advice found nowhere else, and allows you to interact directly with each expert.

Already a Subscriber? Please login.

Except as otherwise indicated, quotes are delayed. Quotes delayed at least 20 minutes for all exchanges. Market Data provided by Interactive Data. Company fundamental data provided by Morningstar. Earnings and ratings provided by Zacks. Mutual fund data provided by Valueline. ETF data provided by Lipper. Powered and implemented by Interactive Data Managed Solutions.

TheStreet Ratings updates stock ratings daily. However, if no rating change occurs, the data on this page does not update. The data does update after 90 days if no rating change occurs within that time period.

IDC calculates the Market Cap for the basic symbol to include common shares only. Year-to-date mutual fund returns are calculated on a monthly basis by Value Line and posted mid-month.