You may be confused by all of that "better-than-expected" gibberish with Exodus (EXDS) .

While the earnings may have been better than expected, the revenue was roughly in line with forecasts. People want so see blow-out revenue, substantially more than expected. The Street revenue gods are not appeased by this quarter.

Again, this is the confusion that comes from the analyst-to-media complex. The analysts praise (even though they know this number is not what we wanted) the press picks up, and the public is stunned.

Don't be stunned. Revenue that is flat with expectations doesn't cut it in this market, whether you are an arms merchant or a semiconductor company.

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