Whisper Number Impact: What Will Morgan Stanley’s Shares Do Post Earnings?
Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) is expected to report earnings on Tuesday, January 20th. The whisper number is $0.61, thirteen cents ahead of the analysts’ estimate and showing strong confidence from the WhisperNumber community. Whispers range from a low of $0.56 to a high of $0.67. Morgan Stanley has a 74% positive surprise history (having topped the whisper in 14 of the 19 earnings reports for which we have data).
– Beat whisper: 14 qtrs
– Met whisper: 0 qtrs
– Missed whisper: 5 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 timeframe:
The strongest price movement of -4.8% comes within thirty trading days when the company reports earnings that beat the whisper number, and -1.2% within ten trading days when the company reports earnings that miss the whisper number. The overall average post earnings price move is ‘negative’ (beat the whisper number and see weakness, miss and see weakness) 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 two of the past four quarters with a whisper number. In the comparable quarter last year, the company reported earnings two cents short of the whisper number. Following that report, the stock realized a 1.7% loss in five trading days. Last quarter the company reported earnings twenty-one cents ahead of the whisper number. Following that report, the stock realized a 6.4% gain in twenty trading days. Overall historical data indicates the company to be (on average) a ‘negative’ price reactor when the company reports earnings.
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