The third-quarter season had a shaky start, with companies struggling to meet lowered expectations.
Look past the disappointments to find the value this season.
Congress is making it hard for investors to play the really good corporate results of late.
In the tech world, integration can turn partners into competitors, and the Korean manufacturer could realistically abandon Google's mobile platform.
The stock can command a long-term fair market value of $32 per share on the basis of improved margin and free cash flow.
The financial sector will be well represented, with quarterly reports due from the likes of Goldman Sachs and American Express, as well as the tech sector.
Based on what we've seen so far from other prominent manufacturers, a smartwatch may not be worth the company's time.
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Breaking up big banks is an untested solution to the too big to fail problem that attempts to isolate and dismantle large, troubled institutions while protecting the rest of the economy.
The IRS is struggling to combat identify thieves who file fraudulent tax returns in the names of older residents who don't need to file.