Wednesday, January 11, 2006

How to Read and Understand Earnings Releases Like an Investment Pro (Case Study: Wal-Mart) Dec 29, 2005

Earnings announcements and other financial statements provide a snapshot of a company’s financial performance and prospects for future growth. But, an incomplete or misinterpreted reading of such information can lead to inaccurate reporting on the true financial standing of a particular company.

CFA Institute invites journalists to participate in a live, interactive Web forum to gain a better understanding of earnings releases and learn what each figure really means for a company’s growth. Topics discussed include:

  • What information the earnings reports reveal.
  • How to understand the balance sheet, cash flow analysis, profitability ratios, and limitations of ratio analysis.
  • How to determine what factors are affecting a company’s earnings.

Thank you, Yi Ping for the link.

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