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Sykes Enterprises (NASDAQ:SYKE) is due with its Q2 results after the bell tonight and the Thomson Reuters mean is for $0.33 per share in earnings on $308 million in revenue.

The issue demonstrates a strong tendency to widen its regular-session share moves following extended-hour earnings reports in the handful of events we've tracked, doing so in 14 of 21 quarters.

Looking deeper into the data, the stock has followed earnings news with a share gain 11 times, widening that move in eight quarters, or 73% of the time.

Shorts will note seven instances in which the stock followed earnings with a lower move, extending that move in more convincing fashion in four of those quarters.

On May 2, 2011, SYKE charged 13% higher in after hours trading after beating Q1 revenue expectations. The stock lost a good chunk of its gains the next day, closing the May 3 regular session up 6.5%.

On Feb. 28, 2011, SYKE slipped 0.04% in evening trading after posting mixed Q4 results and setting its Q1 guidance in a range that straddled the Street view. The stock added slightly to its negative trade the next day, closing the March 1 regular session down 0.6%.

On Nov. 1, 2010, SYKE ended the evening session flat after beating Q3 results and setting its guidance largely above the Street view. The stock moved to the plus-side the following day, closing the Nov. 2 regular session up 4.5%.

On August 2, 2010, the stock plummeted 31.6% in evening trading after reporting a Q2 earnings miss and guidance below the Street view (a prediction upgraded to above the Street in late October). Shares trimmed that loss slightly the next day, ending down 22%.

On May 3, 2010, SYKE slumped 7.8% in after hours trading after beating Q1 estimates but also issuing Q2 guidance in-line to lower than Street expectations. The stock shed even more the next day, closing the May 4 regular session down 8.5%.

On March 1, 2011, SYKE was hammered for a 17.7% decline in night trading after beating revenue expectations and offering mixed guidance. The bulk of that decline evaporated the following day as SYKE closed the March 2 regular session down a modest 1.8%.

On Nov. 2, 2009, SYKE gained 2.7% in after hours action after beating on Q3 and setting its Q4 guidance in line to better than the Street view. The stock added to its upside the following day, rising 5% by the close on Nov. 3.

On Aug. 3, 2009, SYKE advanced 5.1% in after hours trading after topping Q2 expectations and setting its guidance above the Street view. The stock surged higher the following day, rising 8.5% by the close of the Aug. 4 regular session.

On May 4, 2009, SYKE gained 4.6% in after hours trading after beating on Q1 EPS and issuing mixed guidance. It lost its gain the following day, ending down 6% in the May 5 regular session.

On March 2, 2009, the stock fell 5% during extended-hours trading after earnings declined vs the year-ago period and the company guided below the Street view. The loss doubled and shares closed down 10.5% the next day.

On Nov. 3, 2008, SYKE advanced 9.1% in after hours trading after reporting better-than-expected results and mixed guidance. The stock jumped even higher the following day, rising 16.1% in the Nov. 4 regular session.

On Aug. 4, 2008, SYKE advanced 5.7% in after hours trading after beating quarterly expectations and issuing mixed guidance. The stock cut back slightly its gains the next day, closing the Aug. 5 regular session up 4.8%.

On May 5, 2008, SYKE surged 10% in after hours trading after beating Q1 expectations and setting its guidance above the Street view. The stock firmed higher the next day, closing the May 6 regular session up 11.3%.

On March 10, 2008, the stock gained 3.6% during evening trading after the company beat with Q4 results and with its guidance. The gain improved to 5.2% the next day.

On Nov. 5, 2007, the stock ended evening trading flat after its latest earnings report. Shares jumped 12.8% the next day.

On Aug. 6, 2007, the stock was flat in evening trading after SYKE reported shy with its latest results and guided mostly lower. The issue shed 2.6% the next day.

On May 7, 2007, SYKE fell 2.6% in the evening hours after the company reported ahead with Q1 results but offered mixed guidance. The stock closed up 2.5% the next day.

On March 5, 2007, shares improved 2.7% after the company topped with Q4 results and guided higher. The gain was a more robust 5.7% the next day.

On Nov. 6, 2006, shares were down 3.7% in the evening session after EPS misses though sales top. The loss swelled to 12.5% the next day.

In the pre-market hours of Aug. 8, 2006, the stock soared 10.3% on back of results out the prior evening that beat and amid favorable guidance. The gain improved to 13.8% during regular trading.

On March 8, 2006, the stock was up 5.7% in the evening session after beating with its latest results. The gain fattened to 12% the next day.

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