Whisper Number: How Will Steelcase Investors React to Earnings?

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Steelcase Inc. (NYSE:SCS) is expected to report earnings on Wednesday, September 18. The whisper number is $0.27, one cent ahead of the analysts’ estimate. Whispers range from a low of $0.26 to a high of $0.28. Steelcase has a 59 percent positive surprise history, having topped the whisper in 10 of the 17 earnings reports for which we have data.

Earnings history:

- Beat whisper: 10 qtrs
– Met whisper: 2 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.


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