Companies face earnings guidance dilemma

Companies providing earnings guidance face a range of potential problems.Consequently some, such as Coca-Cola, have given up altogether

The volatile markets of 2004 have left CFOs and sell-side analysts at opposite ends of a high-wire balancing act. When analysts push for more ‘acceptable’ earnings estimates, CFOs worry more about meeting the Street’s targets than taking care of business – so the estimates tail wags the equity dog. And ...

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