In this video from Tuesday's edition of Investor Beat, host Chris Hill and Motley Fool analysts Matt Koppenheffer and Tim Hanson dig into the hardest-hitting investing stories from the market today.

Earnings season is just around the corner, and according to a Barron's survey, there is already a lot of optimism among Wall Street analysts this year, with predictions of double-digit growth in profits. In this segment, Matt and Tim each break down one metric that they'll be focusing in on heavily this quarter, as companies begin to report.

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