Computerized Investing > January/February 2007

On the Internet: Tracking Company Webcasts

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span class="artHd">Tracking Company Webcasts

The Internet has given investors numerous resources for security research. More and more companies are offering webcasts—on-line broadcasts—of shareholder meetings, quarterly and annual earnings releases, company announcements, press releases and much more. One advantage to investors is the added benefit of transparency. Whether or not you can make it to the annual shareholder meeting, chances are you can hear the outlook from company management. Earnings release conference calls that were at one time available to only a small group of key people, are now available to the average investor.

Having access to upper level management’s concerns, forecasts and opinions allows investors to get a clearer picture of where the company may be headed. Financial statements only reveal a portion of a company’s prospects and are delayed for multiple months. Conference calls are timely and managers will address current issues the company is facing. Calls can help current investors monitor the company while prospective investors can gain additional insight into company fundamentals prior to committing investment dollars.

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