Earnings estimate

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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The consensus earnings estimate has been on the rise for this quarter and for the full year of 2006.
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Earnings estimates for this year, ending December 2004, remain well below levels form two months ago.
Earnings estimates for the year ending January 2005 moved lower 7 cents, or about -5%, in the past seven trading days.
Earnings estimates for the year ending December 2004 remain above levels from one month ago by $1.
com has experienced some downward revisions from analysts, and earnings estimates for the year ending December 2004 are below levels from one month ago by 17 cents, or about -10%.
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.
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