Managing Earnings This is earnings season, and many major U.S. corporations will be reporting their earnings to investors Tuesday. Billion-dollar overstatements of earnings by big companies has lead to federal criminal investigations and investor reticence. But NPR's Scott Horsley reports that corporations often do small-scale number tweaking in order to appear stable, and there can be a fine line between this customary practice and fraud.
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Managing Earnings

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This is earnings season, and many major U.S. corporations will be reporting their earnings to investors Tuesday. Billion-dollar overstatements of earnings by big companies has lead to federal criminal investigations and investor reticence. But NPR's Scott Horsley reports that corporations often do small-scale number tweaking in order to appear stable, and there can be a fine line between this customary practice and fraud.