Whether Up Or Down In After-Hours, Longs Get The Better Look On Starbucks' Earnings-Driven Trade

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Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) is set to report its Q1 results after the bell tonight, and Wall Street is looking for the coffee retailer to post a gain of $0.57 per share on revenue of $3.839 billion, according to Capital IQ.

SBUX just favors reversing its session-to-session performance over the last nine years. The stock has crossed narrower regular session closing levels following 20 of its last 36 after-hours earnings events.

Looking deeper into the data, SBUX has posted an earnings-related gain 18 times, extending that move 12 times, or 67% of the time. SBUX has posted an earnings-related decline 18 times, narrowing or reversing that move 14 times, or 78% of the time.

On Nov. 1, 2012, SBUX jumped 7.4% in after-hours trade after beating Q4 earnings estimates and raising its guidance. The stock firmed higher the next day, closing the Nov. 2 regular session up 9%.

On July 26, 2012, SBUX plummeted 10.4% in night trade after missing Q3 earnings estimates and setting its outlook below the Street view. The stock narrowed its downside slightly the next day, closing the July 27 regular session down 9.4%.

On April 26, 2012, SBUX slumped 4.6% in night trade after beating Q2 estimates and raising its earnings view for FY 2012. The stock moved deeper in the red the next day, closing the April 27 regular session down 5.3%.

On Jan. 26, 2012, SBUX declined 2.2% in evening trade after beating Q1 estimates and guiding its 2012 EPS view below the Street. The stock cut its downside the next day, ending off 1% on Jan. 27.

On Nov. 3, 2011, the stock rose 2.9% after a Q4 beat and FY guidance in line. Shares rose a stronger 6.7% the next day.

On July 28, 2011, SBUX advanced 1.4% in evening trade after beating estimates and raising its outlook. The stock saw its gains narrow the next day, ending the July 29 regular session up 0.2%.

On April 27, 2011, SBUX slipped 1.4% in after-hours trade after reporting in-line results and issuing FY 2011 guidance below the Street view. The decline narrowed slightly the next day, closing the April 28 regular session down 0.8%.

On January 26, 2011, the stock fell 2.3% after a beat but disappointing guidance. Shares slipped just 0.1% during regular trading.

On Nov. 4, 2010, the stock rose 2.5% in after-hours trading after a Q4 earnings beat but guidance that straddles the Street view. Shares rose a stronger 3.7% the next day.

On July 21, 2010, the stock fell 2.6% in after-hours trading after meeting with earnings, beating with revenue and guiding in line. Shares fell 0.8% the next day.

On April 21, 2010, SBUX firmed 2.4% in after-hours trade on better-than-expected results and guidance. The stock jumped higher the following day, closing the April 22 regular session up 7.3%.

On Jan. 20, 2010, SBUX advanced 2.9% in after-hours action after beating Q1 estimates. The stock saw its gain moderate the following day, ending the Jan. 21 regular session with a slimmer 1.6% advance.

On Nov. 5, 2009, SBUX gained 3.5% in evening trade after beating quarterly expectations and hiking its earnings guidance. The stock firmed deeper to the plus-side the following day, ending the Nov. 6 regular session up 7.2%

On July 21, 2009, the stock gained 9.7% after a Q3 beat and FY guidance above the Street view. Shares jumped to 18.3% the following day.

On April 29, 2009, SBUX edged up 0.5% in after-hours trade after beating earnings expectations and meeting on sales. The stock added to its upside the following day, ending the April 30 regular session up 5.6%.

On Jan. 28, 2009, SBUX declined 2.3% in after-hours trade after missing earnings expectations and announcing store closures and job cuts. The stock cut its downside the following day, ending the Jan. 29 regular session at the flatline.

On Nov. 10, 2008, the stock fell 2.7% after meeting with revenue but disappointing with earnings. The decline was trimmed to 2% the next day.

On July 30, 2008, SBUX advanced 4.3% in after-hours trade after meeting on earnings and cutting its profit guidance. It lost most of that gain the next day, closing with a 0.1% gain on July 31.

On April 30, 2008, SBUX met quarterly expectations and edged down 0.6% in night trade. It reversed into the green the next day, rising 2.6% in the May 1 regular session.

On Jan. 30, 2008, SBUX shed 1.5% in evening trade after beating by a penny on EPS and posting in-line revenue. It added slightly to that downside the next day, losing 1.6% by the closing bell.

On Nov. 15, 2007, SBUX slid 8.3% in after-hours trade after beating quarterly estimates but issuing guidance that was in-line to lower than expectations. It cut that downside the following day, ending the Nov. 16 regular session down 3.8%.

On Aug. 1, 2007, the stock gained 1.4% in the evening hours after reporting largely in line. The stock fell 1% the next day.

On May 3, 2007, the stock managed a slim 0.4% evening gain after reporting above year-ago results and setting upbeat guidance. Shares ended down 2.9% the next day.

On Jan 31, 2007, the stock squeezed out a 0.8% gain after SBUX reported in line with EPS and beats with revenue. The stock reversed to close down 1.5% the next day.

On Nov. 16, 2006, SBUX shed 5.6% in night trade after meeting Q4 estimates and forecasting FY07 EPS to be in line to below Street estimates. The shares trimmed their losses the next day, ending the regular session down 5.1%.

On Aug. 2, 2006, SBUX fell 9.1% in the evening hours after reporting revenue in line but offering guidance that failed to inspire the Street. The loss narrowed just slightly the next day, when shares closed down 8%.

On the evening of May 3, 2006, shares fell 1.6% after the company reported ahead of the Street and guided higher. The mood had changed by the next day and the stock finished up 3.8%.

On Feb. 1, 2006, shares were up 6% in night trade after the company reported its lasted results and hiked its outlook for the full year. Shares gained 9.6% the next day.

On Nov. 17, 2005, shares nosed down 0.6% after SBUX reports Q4 EPS of $0.16 per share on revs of $1.7 billion, just edging out the FC mean for $0.15 cents on $1.67 billion in revs. EPS was $0.16 per share, a penny better than the Street view. But the company guided toward the low end of Street bets for the upcoming quarter. Shares slipped 0.7% the next day.

On July 27, 2005, SBUX closed the night session up 3.7% after the company beat Q3 estimates and issued in-line guidance. The shares moved higher the next day, ending regular hours up 4.6%.

On April 27, 2005 SBUX advanced 2.8% in after-hours trade after the company matched Street expectations and issued an outlook in-line with the then-current view. Buyers grew more vigorous on April 28, pushing the stock to a 4.6% rise by the regular session closing bell.

On Jan. 26, 2005 SBUX beat Q1 expectations and guided its FY05 in line with the Street view. The stock dipped 1.7% in that night's after-hours trade only to see more robust selling the following day, losing 4.1% by the Jan. 27 closing bell.

On Nov. 10, 2004 SBUX slipped 3.6% in night trade after topping revenue, reporting in-line EPS, and guiding lower. It managed to climb out of the red on Nov. 11, closing the regular session up 0.2% for its lone narrowing event in the last year.

On July 21, 2004 SBUX gained 1.6% in after-hours trade following better-than-expected EPS and in-line revenue. It rose a more aggressive 4.6% between the bells on July 22.

SBUX edged up 0.75% the night of April 21, 2004 after the company beat estimates and raised its outlook. The stock found healthier buy action the next day, rising 4.9% by the April 22 closing bell.

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