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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.

Conference calls.

Conference calls are one of the primary methods that corporate executives use to make presentations to investment analysts and respond to their questions.

In general, conference calls are set to correspond with the imminent release of quarterly corporate earnings, and are intended to put the results in the best possible light.

Conference calls may also deal with other matters, including mergers, acquisitions, stock splits or reverse splits, or relevant political or economic developments.

To ensure accessibility and comply with Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Regulation FD (for Fair Disclosure), calls are scheduled in advance and are open to all legitimate analysts following the company.

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