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Expected earnings reports and the whisper number impact for March 8th, 2012 before market open.

Smithfield Foods (SFD): The whisper number is $0.65, one cent behind the analysts estimate. SFD has a 44% positive surprise history (having topped the whisper in 12 of the 27 earnings reports for which we have data). The average price movement (starting at next market open) within ten trading days of these twenty-seven earnings reports is +0.7%. The strongest price movement of -2.4% comes within five trading days when the company reports earnings that beat the whisper number, and +1.9% within thirty trading days when the company reports earnings that miss the whisper number (opposite reactor). Last quarter the company reported earnings four cents ahead of the whisper number. Following that report the stock realized an 8.7% loss in thirty trading days. More earnings information can be found here.

Dynegy Inc. (DYN): The whisper number is -$0.18, two cents behind the analysts estimate. DYN has a 46% positive surprise history (having topped the whisper in 6 of the 13 earnings reports for which we have data). The average price movement (starting at next market open) within ten trading days of these thirteen earnings reports is -1.2%. The strongest price movement of +11.2% comes within one trading day when the company reports earnings that beat the whisper number (before turning and seeing a 11% loss in thirty trading days), and +5.1% within thirty trading days when the company reports earnings that miss the whisper number (opposite reactor). Dynegy hasn't had a whisper number since May 2009. More earnings information can be found here.

Williams-Sonoma (WSM): The whisper number is $1.11, two cents behind the analysts estimate. WSM has a 94% positive surprise history (having topped the whisper in 16 of the 17 earnings reports for which we have data). The average price movement (starting at next market open) within ten trading days of these seventeen earnings reports is +0.7%. The strongest price movement of +1.6% comes within ten trading days when the company reports earnings that beat the whisper number, and -6.3% within thirty trading days when the company reports earnings that miss the whisper number. More earnings information can be found here.

Suntech Power Holdings (STP): The whisper number is -$0.39, seven cents behind the analysts estimate. STP has a 31% positive surprise history (having topped the whisper in 4 of the 13 earnings reports for which we have data). The average price movement (starting at next market open) within ten trading days of these thirteen earnings reports is -1.8%. The strongest price movement of +11.6% comes within ten trading days when the company reports earnings that beat the whisper number, and -9.7% within ten trading days when the company reports earnings that miss the whisper number. The company has not had a whisper number since November 2010. More earnings information can be found here.

Many investors believe that beating or missing the whisper number has the greatest impact on stock movement. If the number is exceeded, the stock is rewarded and prices move higher. If the number is missed, the stock is punished and prices move lower. Unlike the analysts estimate, our 'whisper number' has actually been proven to have a greater impact on stock movement.

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When analyzing the data collected by WhisperNumber.com, the most important aspects are how a company reacts to beating or missing the whisper number, the average post earnings price movement, and in what timeframe (see link in profile to receive alerts). Since 1998, WhisperNumber.com has been tracking and publishing 'crowd sourced estimates' for earnings. Keep in mind that trading on whispers is a technical play on market psychology, rather than a bet on a company's fundamental strengths.

A company's 'reaction' to 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.

According to the Wall Street Journal, "the percentage of companies that have beaten expectations often is cited as a barometer of corporate profitability, an indicator of how well the economy as a whole is doing or a predictor of where the stock market is going. What goes unsaid, however, is that these positive surprises are becoming so common they are nearly universal. They are predetermined in a cynical tango-clinch between companies and the analysts who cover them. And there is no reliable evidence that the stock market as a whole will earn higher returns after periods with more positive surprises."

"In short, there isn't anything surprising about earnings surprises. They aren't the exception; they are the rule. "All the numbers are gamed at this point," says James A. Bianco, president of Bianco Research."

Whisper numbers provide the unbiased earnings expectation proven more significant than the analysts estimates.

All trading involves risk and the information presented is not intended to be a recommendation of any kind.

Source: Whisper Number Impact: Earnings Preview For Smithfield Foods, Dynegy, Williams-Sonoma, Suntech Power