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Deep Dive: 20 companies that have met a high bar this earnings season

What are your favored measures for evaluating stocks? I want to see companies constantly increasing sales while becoming more profitable over time.

Those two gauges are more important than tracking quarterly earnings per share — and whether they meet, beat or miss analysts’ expectations.

So I’ve put together a list of large companies that have increased sales significantly while improving gross profit margins.

Investors are constantly being warned not to read too much into companies’ earnings announcements, not only because accounting rules can skew the bottom line in any three-month period, but also because many companies seem to obscure what’s really going on.

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