Starting with the new graphic visualization of earnings data, investors are now able to see important particulars about the earnings report. By clicking on each bar of the Earnings History timeline chart, users see the specific report date, earnings per share reported, the consensus EPS prior to the report, and, the percentage of surprise between the two figures.
Future earnings estimates are arguably the most important input when attempting to value a stock, according to
Consensus estimates help investors understand a company and its shares because they reduce the risk of any single analyst making an incorrect forecast. The consensus can provide a hint to what is on investors’ minds, as interpreted by the analysts following a stock. That
An earnings surprise occurs when a company’s reported quarterly or annual profits are above or below analysts’ expectations. Earnings surprises can have a huge impact on a company’s stock price. Research suggests that a positive earnings surprises not only leads to an immediate boost to a stock’s price, but also to a gradual increase over time. A negative earnings surprise often drives down share price.
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