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How to Spot Suspicious Quarterly Earnings

For many companies, meeting or beating quarterly earnings estimates matters more than anything else. All too often, the drive to perform bleeds into a temptation to cook the books. But astute investors can see behind the numbers to glimpse the truth. Here are a few of the major red flags.

Corporate Charlatans: Seven Signs Your CEO Could Be Lying

How can you tell if a CEO is lying? Stanford researchers have sifted through thousands of corporate conference-call transcripts to come up with some telltale signs that chief executives may be exaggerating their companies' prospects.