The Daily Dose: Be a Winner, Not a Loser

Much to my dismay, I fell horribly behind last week. Although an extremely-structured human being, I kept having unforeseen developments appear from out of nowhere (such as sitting across from the former vice president of the United States, as seen here: 

The game of information catch-up is never a fun place to be in financial services, most especially amid an intense earnings season. So, this past weekend I polished off 14 earnings call transcripts, hoping to secure a better feel on the likely winning companies (financials + stock price) as we enter 2014. I will offer this bit of wisdom: it is meaningfully trickier to identify winning companies from losing companies than in recent quarters. This is because of a stabilizing Europe across many sectors and a U.S. that didn't yet reflect a weakening macro in the third quarter. Luckily, it could be done.
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