Will HP Top the Whisper Number this Quarter?
May 21st, 2015
Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) is expected to report earnings on Thursday, May 21st. The whisper number is $0.83, three cents behind the analysts' estimate and showing no confidence from the WhisperNumber community. This should come as no suprise as HP has either just met or missed the whisper number in the past three quarters.
- The whisper number is $0.83, three cents behind the analysts' estimate.
- HP has a 64% positive surprise history (having topped the whisper in 37 of the 58 earnings reports for which we have data).
Current whispers range from a low of $0.80 to a high of $0.86. HP has a 64% positive surprise history (having topped the whisper in 37 of the 58 earnings reports for which we have data).
- Beat whisper: 37 qtrs
- Met whisper: 3 qtrs
- Missed whisper: 18 qtrs
The whisper number has been more accurate than analysts estimates in 78% of earnings reported since 1998.
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 -0.9% comes within twenty trading days when the company reports that beat the whisper number, and +1.7% within thirty trading days when the company reports earnings that miss the whisper number. The overall average post earnings price move is 'opposite' (beat the whisper number and see weakness, miss and see strength) 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 one of the past four quarters with a whisper number. In the comparable quarter last year the company reported earnings three cents ahead of the whisper number. Following that report the stock realized a 4.3% gain in one trading day. Last quarter the company reported earnings in-line with the whisper number. Following that report the stock realized an 11.2% loss in thirty trading days. Overall historical data indicates the company to be (on average within thirty trading days) an 'opposite' price reactor when the company reports earnings.
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