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Earnings Estimate

An analyst's best guess as to what a company's earnings will be for a given quarter or year. Analysts use a variety of methods, mostly involving past information and current news, to arrive at earnings estimates. They are circulated prior to a company's announcement of its earnings statement. If earnings are lower than most estimates, this can cause a decline in its share price. Likewise, unexpectedly high earnings can cause a price jump.

Earnings estimate.

Professional stock analysts use mathematical models that weigh companies' financial data to predict their future earnings per share on a quarterly, annual, and long-term basis.

Investment research companies, such as Thomson Financial and Zacks, publish averages of analysts' estimates for specific companies. These averages are called consensus estimates.

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Earnings estimates for the year ending August 2005 are up 10 cents, or about +4%, from one month ago.
Earnings estimates for the year ending January 2005 moved lower 7 cents, or about -5%, in the past seven trading days.
Fred's has experienced some downward revisions from analysts of late, and earnings estimates for the year ending January 2005 are below levels from one month ago, including some erosion in the past seven trading days.
Earnings estimates for the year ending March 2005 moved lower 25 cents, or approximately -9%, over the past month.
Over the past three months, earnings estimates have remained at high levels thanks in part to a solid fiscal third quarter performance in late May.
Last week, Advance Auto Parts reported some positive results for its second quarter, but its earnings estimates for the year ending December 2004 have moved lower in the past seven trading days.
NASDAQ:ADRX) has seen this year's earnings estimates drop 28 cents per share over the past two months.
NYSE:TOL) has seen this year's earnings estimates drop 31 cents per share over the past two months.
NASDAQ:ENMC) has seen this year's earnings estimates drop 40% over the past two months.
The company has failed to exceed earnings estimates in each of the past three quarters.
NYSE:F) has seen its earnings estimates drop for this year.
AU-Optronics ADR (NYSE:AUO) has seen its earnings estimates drop for this year.

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