Stock Markets are irrational. A few quarters ago, Apple posted record sales but missed analysts' expectations for an even higher record. The stock got hammered. That's like someone with a fast food palate excoriating the top F2T restaurant in town...and the restaurant loses business based on a crappy (and uninformed) review.
While this system may have worked (like everything else) pre-internet, the sheer speed of information today can cause massive fluctuations in valuation. Which, of course, filters down to our quality of life. And, it also appears to be stiffling American innovation.
A recent survey of CEOs of major American corporations revealed that nearly 80 percent would have "at least moderately mutilated their businesses in order to meet [financial] analysts’ quarterly profit estimates."
That more than moderately sucks.