Financial “analysis” like this makes my head spin:
Earnings … were expected to beat expectations. [The Street]
The S&P 500 fell last week … It’s not that most companies are failing to beat expectations, but that they may not be blowing them out. [The Globe and Mail]
Front Barnett Associates in Chicago, an investment advisory firm … expects the company to beat expectations. [Reuters]
Apple earnings expected to beat estimates. [Seeking Alpha]
eBay beat earnings and revenue estimates after the close on Thursday, but the stock fell 5 points after hours because traders wanted more. [InternetNews]
Yahoo, Amazon expected to beat estimates. [Investor Place]
Apparently, it is not enough to beat expectations. You have to beat them by more than expected.