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Computerized Investing > July 30, 2011

Seeking Alpha Earnings Center

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by CI Staff

Now that we find ourselves firmly in the middle of earnings season, it is a good idea to go over Seeking Alpha’s Earnings Center, which provides earnings call transcripts. Most investors are satisfied with the annual reports that are available on company websites, but some will prefer the added explanations that top executives make on earnings calls with analysts.

Earnings calls are conferences calls in which officials from a public company discuss the company’s financial results for a reporting period. Calls are usually conducted shortly after the financial statements are released. Top management is joined by analysts from major research firms and investment banks. The goal of the conference call is to provide additional information on how the company performed during the reporting period and to give management a chance to detail what to expect for future reporting periods.

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