Whisper Number: How Will Netflix Investors React to Earnings?

Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) is expected to report earnings on Wednesday. The whisper number is 62 cents, 2 cents behind the analyst estimates. Whispers range from a low of 57 cents to a high of 72 cents. NFLX has a 72 percent positive surprise history, having topped the whisper in 13 of the 18 earnings reports for which we have data.

Earnings history:

  • Beat whisper: 13 qtrs
  • Met whisper: 2 qtrs
  • Missed whisper: 3 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 look at 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 30 trading day timeframe:

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The strongest price movement of -1.4 percent comes within one trading day when the company reports earnings that beat the whisper number and -14.7 percent within 30 trading days when the company reports earnings that miss the whisper number. The overall average price move is “negative” (beat the whisper number and see weakness, miss and see weakness) when the company reports earnings.

The table below indicates the most recent earnings reports and short-term price reaction:

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The company has reported earnings ahead of the whisper number in two of the past four quarters with a whisper number. In the comparable quarter last year, the company did not have a whisper number. Last quarter, the company reported earnings in line with the whisper number. Following that report, the stock realized a 16.9 percent loss in one trading day. Overall historical data indicate the company to be (on average) a “negative” price reactor when the company reports earnings.

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John Scherr is the founder and president of WhisperNumber.com, an independent financial research firm focused on earnings expectations. He is a regular contributor to CNBC and Fox Business Network, and has been featured in Barron’s, The Wall Street Journal, and MarketWatch. He is considered a leading expert on “whisper numbers” and post-earnings price movement analysis. WhisperNumber.com provides specific earnings trade alerts to take advantage of earnings report price movement with its Whisper Reactors subscription service.

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