Darcy Keith is an editor with Canada's Globe and Mail and has followed financial markets for 20 years. He was previously Yahoo Canada's senior finance editor, Canwest's national biz editor, and a correspondent for Knight-Ridder Financial News.
In a December 1997 issue of Barron's, a Merrill Lynch poll found that the top strategy among 122 institutions surveyed was to buy stocks of companies that exceed earnings expectations and sell the companies that fall short.
I have been investing and trading in the markets since the 1980s. I once served as a Senior Securities Analyst at a major investment research firm and was a contributing writer at Forbes.com.