The Day Ahead: Blind-Date Jitters

With the advent of monthly-fee dating services, gone is a certain element of fear that had always been built into the blind-date equation. Will the person be as good-looking as they sounded on the rotary phone? Were they lying about their age? They sure sounded as if they enjoy sipping on Geritol -- while on the rotary phone. What will the exit plan be if things head horribly south in 15 minutes?

But, while much of the blind-date fear has fallen by the wayside -- thanks in large part to Facebook's (FB) Instagram -- there is still that sense of unknown. As I have gone through all sorts of research on stocks and the market of late, the fear has been jumping off the screen from itty-bitty second-quarter footnotes on 10-Q filings. It's been apparent in trend analyses of items as simple as sales and segment margins -- spare the extra second and step beyond praying at the altar to the "consolidated op. margin," as it's quite helpful in determining a more complete thesis on the company. Finally, I've heard it via recent analyst day circuits....647 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

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