Whisper Number: What Will Symantec’s Shares Do Post Earnings?
Symantec Corp. (NASDAQ:SYMC) is expected to report earnings on Tuesday, July 30th. The whisper number is $0.39, three cents ahead of the analysts’ estimate. SYMC has a 73 percent positive surprise history (having topped the whisper in 22 of the 30 earnings reports for which we have data).
– Beat whisper: 22 qtrs
– Met whisper: 1 qtrs
– Missed whisper: 7 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 thirty trading day timeframe:
The strongest price movement of -3.8 percent comes within thirty trading days when the company reports earnings that beat the whisper number, and -2.4% within thirty 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:
The company has reported earnings ahead of the whisper number in two of the past two 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 seven cents ahead of the whisper number. Following that report the stock realized a 6.1 percent loss in twenty trading days. The overall historical data indicates the company to be (on average) a ‘negative’ price reactor when the company reports earnings, with the exception of seeing positive price movement within ten trading days when the company reports earnings that are short of the whisper number.
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