The Day Ahead: Earnings-Season Rage-Out

It's strange how humans evolve, especially those special folk we call "stock handicappers." At the age of 21, I didn't know what an earnings season was in theory or in practice. At 23, I was eagerly learning the ins and outs to identifying corporate bull on earnings calls and post-call follow-up chats -- and sleeping on top of a conference room table, unbeknownst to anyone else. Four years later, I didn't begin the process of shutting out all of humanity -- for their own safety -- until two weeks into earnings season.

Now, at 30 -- which is really more like 60, as anyone close to me would know -- I am finding myself highly sensitive at the very start of earnings season. For me, it's "game on or die." Invest the time to amass information, or risk being that slacker who's repeating their three taking points on UPS (UPS) because they chose a night on the town instead of an evening with an earnings-call transcript. Hey, play on, playa....672 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

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