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Question Of The Quarter: Performance Vs. Expectations
Oct. 30, 2018 8:37 AM ET|About: iShares Russell 3000 ETF (IWV)
Maria Bartiromo said this quarter 43% of companies missed expectations.

Last quarter 18% of companies missed expectations.

Who didn't do their job?

I really need for you to share your comments and thoughts because right now I'm a little confused. This morning on Fox Business Maria Bartiromo said last quarter only 18% of companies failed to meet earnings expectations but so far this quarter 43% of companies failed to meet expectations. Here is my question to you:

We all know that in the short run stocks that fail to met expectations drop in price but who is at fault? According to the Conference Board's Leading Economic Indicators the economy looks good but the Daily Moving Averages of the Overall Stock Market says otherwise.

Have CEOs failed to perform on profitability or have Wall Street analysts been overly optimistic in their projections?

Please share your opinion and I'd really like to know how you came to your conclusions.

Below I share a chart of the Russell 3000 ETF (IWV) price vs, various Daily Moving Averages.


In the words of Stuart Varney: What say you?
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Some of my favorite dividend payers have doubled since I last added to them.

I'm trying to build my dividend income and you're complaining because you play stocks like they're lottery tickets and the "greater fool" thing isn't working as well any more.

Here's an idea. Why don't you stop speculating on price movements and invest instead?

Short-termism is shortsighted and bad for the economy.
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