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The stock market hasn't made sense in 14 of the last 20 quarters

Earnings are what investors ultimately want out of the companies they invest in. Earnings, and the expectations for earnings growth, are therefore what give stock prices their value.

However, stock prices and any revisions to earnings expectations rarely move in the same direction in the short run. While that's a principle that plays out in the market in the long run, it's actually not unusually to see the exact opposite moves happens.

In other words, you may know that earnings expectations will sour. But you may actually lose money trading on what may be correct information. This is why investing in stocks can be an incredibly frustrating exercise for even the most patient people.

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