E How Will Traders React To Goldman Sachs Earnings?

Goldman Sachs (GS) is expected to report earnings Tuesday before market open. The whisper number is $5.85, twenty-seven cents ahead of the analysts' estimates and showing strong confidence from the WhisperNumber community. Whispers range from a low of $5.60 to a high of $6.15.

A year ago the company reported earnings of $5.15, fourteen cents ahead of the whisper number. Goldman has a 78% positive surprise history (having topped the whisper in 45 of the 58 earnings reports for which we have data).

Earnings history:

  •  Beat whisper: 45 qtrs
  •  Met whisper: 0 qtrs
  •  Missed whisper: 13 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 analyze 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 timeframe:

The strongest price movement of -0.7% comes within one trading day when the company reports earnings that beat the whisper number, and +3.4% within twenty trading days when the company reports earnings that miss the whisper number. The overall average post earnings price move is 'opposite' (beat the whisper number and see weakness, miss and see strength) when the company reports earnings.

The table below indicates the most recent earnings reports and short-term price reaction:

The company has reported earnings ahead of the whisper number in all of the past four quarters with a whisper number. In the comparable quarter last year the company reported earnings fourteen cents ahead of the whisper number. Following that report the stock realized a 4.1% loss in five trading days. Last quarter the company reported earnings sixty-nine cents ahead of the whisper number. Following that report the stock realized a 2.9% loss in one trading day. Overall historical data indicates the company to be (on average within thirty trading days) an 'opposite' price reactor when the company reports earnings.

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