You would think that triple year-over-year profits would be enough to appease investors, especially if your business model boasts financial ratios that would be the envy of most any company in the world. In the world of stock investing, however, where expectations are everything, that's not necessarily the case.
Although CME Group, the world's largest futures exchange, booked net income of $202.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2009 – 4Q-08 was a measly $62.1 million – the market wanted more. The exchange's earnings per share of $3.37 missed analysts' expectations by about a nickel.
Other concerns? Regulatory uncertainty, higher taxes and rising costs.