Oracle’s Whisper Number (Finally) Showing Confidence

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Oracle (ORCL) is expected to report earnings on Wednesday, September 16th. The whisper number is $0.57, five cents ahead of the analysts’ estimate and showing confidence from the WhisperNumber community. This comes as a surprise as the Oracle whisper number has been behind the analysts estimates for the past five out of six quarters. Whispers range from a low of $0.53 to a high of $0.60. Oracle has a 58% positive surprise history (having topped the whisper in 38 of the 65 earnings reports for which we have data).

Earnings history:

– Beat whisper: 38 qtrs
– Met whisper: 1 qtrs
– Missed whisper: 26 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 +1.4% comes within ten trading days when the company reports earnings that beat the whisper number, and +3.1% within thirty trading days when the company reports earnings that miss the whisper number. The overall average post earnings price move 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:

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The company has reported earnings ahead of the whisper number in one 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 2.9% loss in five trading days. Last quarter the company reported earnings nine cents short of the whisper number. Following that report the stock realized a 5.4% loss in thirty trading days. Overall historical data indicates the company to be (on average) a ‘positive’ price reactor when the company reports earnings.

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