Conference Call


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Conference Call

A telephone call in which there are more than two participants. In investing, a publicly-traded company schedules conference calls where any analyst following that company may hear about its recent happenings. That is, a company executive speaks on a conference call and attempts to present information, such as quarterly earnings or a merger, in the best possible light for analysts. The SEC requires companies to schedule conference calls in advance and to allow as many analysts as possible to listen in on them.
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Part of my life as an independent writer includes tracking the energy industry for a string of national trade publications and daily newspapers, and as a specialized freelance writer who ultimately lives and dies by e-mail, phone and fax, I have found myself spending increasing hours daily and weekly--including Sundays--participating in or monitoring conference calls and webcasts.

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