How Will Comcast Investors React to Earnings?

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Comcast (CMCSA) is expected to report earnings on Thursday, July 23rd. The whisper number is $0.87, three cents ahead of the analysts’ estimate and showing confidence from the WhisperNumber community. Whispers range from a low of $0.80 to a high of $0.95. Comcast has a 64% positive surprise history (having topped the whisper in 23 of the 36 earnings reports for which we have data).

Earnings history:

– Beat whisper: 23 qtrs
– Met whisper: 2 qtrs
– Missed whisper: 11 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:

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The strongest price movement of +3.2% comes within thirty trading days when the company reports earnings that beat the whisper number, and -5.0% within twenty trading days when the company reports earnings that miss the whisper number. Although the strongest price moves are as expected, 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.

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The company has reported earnings ahead of the whisper number in three of the past four quarters with a whisper number. In the comparable quarter last year the company reported earnings in-line with the whisper number. Following that report the stock realized a 0.8% loss in five trading days. Last quarter the company reported earnings nine cents ahead of the whisper number. Following that report the stock realized a 5.7% loss in fifteen trading days. Overall historical data indicates the company to be (on average within thirty trading days) a ‘negative’ price reactor when the company reports earnings.

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