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Occidental Petroleum Corp. (NYSE:OXY) is expected to report earnings on Thursday, April 25. The whisper number is $1.61, one cent ahead of analysts' estimate. OXY has a 33% positive surprise history, having topped the whisper number in six of the 18 earnings reports for which we have data.

Earnings History

  • Beat whisper: 6 quarters
  • Met whisper: 1 quarter
  • Missed whisper: 11 quarters

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 time frame:

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The strongest price movement of +2.1% comes within 30 trading days when the company reports earnings that beat the whisper number, and -6.0% within five trading days when the company reports earnings that miss the whisper number. While the strongest prices moves are as expected, there is some inconsistent price movement through 30 trading days when the company reports earnings that top the whisper number (see table above). The company has not had a whisper number since October 2010.

Enter your expectations and view more earnings information here, or let us know your expectations in the comments section below. 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.

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Source: Whisper Number Impact: Earnings Preview For Occidental Petroleum

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