Will Johnson & Johnson Top the Whisper Number This Quarter?

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) is expected to report earnings on Tuesday, July 15. The whisper number is $1.55, in-line with the analysts’ estimate and showing nuetral confidence from investors.¬†JNJ has a 60 percent positive surprise history, having topped the whisper in 30 of the 50 earnings reports for which we have data.

Earnings history:

– Beat whisper: 30 qtrs
– Met whisper: 0 qtrs
– Missed whisper: 20 qtrs

Our primary focus is on post earnings price movement. Knowing how likely a stock’s price will move following an earnings report can help you determine the best action to take (long or short). In other words, we analyze what happens when the company beats or misses the whisper number expectation.

The table below indicates the average post earnings price movement within a one and thirty trading day timeframe:


The strongest price movement of +1 percent comes within twenty trading days when the company reports earnings that beat the whisper number, and -1.1 percent within five trading days when the company reports earnings that miss the whisper number. The overall average price move is ‘as expected’ but limited (beat the whisper number and see limited strength, miss and see limited weakness) when the company reports earnings.