Whisper Number Impact: Earnings Preview For Lennar Corp.
Lennar Corp. (LEN) is expected to report fiscal first quarter earnings on Wednesday, March 20th. The whisper number is $0.17, one cent ahead of the analysts' estimate. LEN has a 66% positive surprise history (having topped the whisper in 21 of the 32 earnings reports for which we have data).
- Beat whisper: 21 qtrs
- Met whisper: 2 qtrs
- Missed whisper: 9 qtrs
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 look at 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 30 trading day timeframe:
The strongest price movement of -1.1% comes within twenty trading days when the company reports earnings that beat the whisper number, and -6.2% within ten trading days when the company reports earnings that miss the whisper number (negative reactor). The average price reaction is inconsistent through thirty trading days when the company reports earnings that top the whisper number.
The table below indicates the most recent earnings reports and short-term price reaction:
In the comparable quarter last year, the company reported earnings four cents ahead of the whisper number. Following that report, the stock realized a 2.0% loss in five trading days. Last quarter the company reported earnings ten cents ahead of the whisper number. Following that report, the stock realized a 4.3% loss in thirty trading days. Historical data indicates the company to be a negative post earnings price reactor.
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Since 1998, WhisperNumber.com has been tracking and publishing "crowd sourced estimates" for earnings. We call these earnings expectations whisper numbers. Our whisper numbers are gained from individual investors and traders just like you that have registered with our site. While the whisper number itself is an important part of our analysis, a company's "price reaction" to beating or missing the whisper number expectation is the key. On average, companies that exceed the whisper are "rewarded," while companies that miss are "punished" following an earnings report.
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