Please explain something to me. Today as an example, AMZN is up 25% because earnings obliterated analyst estimates. What I don't understand is, who cares from an investor point of view? Break it down for me: how does the fact that AMZN made all that money, relate into money in my own pocket as an investor? People will say, well, the company has more money, so it can acquire other companies which will lead to even more revenues, and it can buy more books, update it's computers, hire more programmers, etc etc etc. But how does any of that translate into money in my pocket if I am an investor in AMZN? Unless I share in that profit, why would I ever care? Is the value of the higher earnings only that I know you care because you are an idiot, so I will be an idiot with you and anticipate that you are going to buy the stock, and I buy the stock too, hoping to sell it to an even bigger idiot later? Is it all an illusion? To me, the only thing that matters as an investor is the dividend because ultimately, unless I work for AMZN, it is the only tangible way I can profit from AMZN doing well. And yet, investors bid up the stock of AMZN as if it was money they were making People say, dividends are double taxed, blah blah blah. That's why companies don't pay more dividends. Well, yeah, but it is real! I must be missing something.