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F5 Networks (FFIV) is expected to report fiscal second quarter earnings on Wednesday, April 24th. The whisper number is $1.02, five cents behind the analysts' estimate. FFIV has a 56% positive surprise history (having topped the whisper in 5 of the 9 earnings reports for which we have data).

Earnings history:

- Beat whisper: 5 qtrs
- Met whisper: 0 qtrs
- Missed whisper: 4 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 thirty trading day time frame:

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The strongest price movement of -8.0% comes within twenty trading days when the company reports earnings that beat the whisper number, and +9.5% within five trading days when the company reports earnings that miss the whisper number. While the strongest price moves are opposite what would be expected, the overall average price movement is inconsistent through thirty trading days when the company reports earnings.

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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 who 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.

Source: Whisper Number Impact: Earnings Preview For F5 Networks