Does the ConAgra Whisper Number Indicate Confidence?

ConAgra Foods (CAG) is expected to report earnings on Tuesday, September 22nd. The whisper number is $0.40, in-line with the analysts’ estimate and showing neutral confidence from the WhisperNumber community. ConAgra has a 61% positive surprise history (having topped the whisper in 28 of the 46 earnings reports for which we have data).

Earnings history:

– Beat whisper: 28 qtrs
– Met whisper: 1 qtrs
– Missed whisper: 17 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 +1.3% comes within twenty trading days when the company reports that beat the whisper number, and +1.1% within ten trading days when the company reports earnings that miss the whisper number. The overall average post earnings price move through thirty trading days is ‘positive’ (beat the whisper number and see strength, 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 two of the past four quarters with a whisper number. In the comparable quarter last year the company reported earnings two cents ahead of the whisper number. Following that report the stock realized a 0.8% gain in one trading day. Last quarter the company reported earnings one cent short of the whisper number. Following that report the stock realized a 5.5% gain in five trading days. Overall historical data indicates the company to be (on average within thirty trading days) a ‘positive’ price reactor when the company reports earnings.

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