Whisper number or forecast

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Whisper number or forecast

An unofficial earnings estimate of a company given to clients by a security analyst if there is more optimism or pessimism about earnings than shown in the published number. These are often found on the Internet.

Whisper Number or Forecast

An informal forecast of a publicly-traded company's earnings per share. One arrives at the whisper number by a combination of past performance, perceived optimism by company officials, and just plain rumor. The whisper number can be useful, as it is occasionally more accurate than official forecasts. However, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act restricts the availability of some information that previously contributed to the whisper number, making it more difficult for some investors to determine. See also: Price out.
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The entire history of guidance and so-called whisper numbers reflects this short-term emphasis, as opposed to managing a company to thrive over the long-term.
However, GE, Honeywell, Citigroup, Morgan Stanley and Schlumberger beat their earnings whisper numbers, though Micron Technology and Intel's downgrade triggered a chip meltdown.
A more dynamic approach is available from "whisper numbers" which rely on input from both the investing public as well as changing analyst views, given fluctuating circumstances that may influence stock performance.
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John is considered a leading authority on investor earnings expectations (whisper numbers) for quarterly earnings.
Now, when we finally appear to be figuring this thing out -- when the whisper numbers seem to point to several media companies having visibility to a profitable new media future -- it appears that there is only one thing to say: Here we go again.
For starters, that means no more giving "whisper numbers"--advance earnings data--to select securities analysts.
Companies that meet their targets may find themselves lashed by the market for failing to deliver on "whisper numbers." What financial manager doesn't worry about how suddenly perception can move from reality?
Some "whisper numbers" had earnings coming in as high as $0.19.
Eight, Wall Street estimates on mobile ad revenues are wildly inflated, the whisper numbers among my Street Chatterati friends make no sense.
That's one reason so many investing insiders look to the relationship to whisper numbers instead.
The Dulles, Virginia-based company reported net income of $160m, or $0.13 per share, ahead of the First Call consensus estimate of $0.11 and matching the so-called "whisper numbers" that had been making the rounds earlier this week.