Whisper Number: How Will Walgreens’ Stock Move After Earnings?

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Walgreen Co. (NYSE:WAG) is expected to report earnings on Friday, December 20. The whisper number is $0.81, seven cents ahead of the analysts’ estimate. Whispers range from a low of $0.80 to a high of $0.85. Walgreens has a 33 percent positive surprise history, having topped the whisper in 15 of the 46 earnings reports for which we have data.

Earnings history:

- Beat whisper: 15 qtrs
- Met whisper: 2 qtrs
- Missed whisper: 29 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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The strongest price movement of -4.1 percent comes within five trading days when the company reports earnings that beat the whisper number, and -1.2 percent within five trading days when the company reports earnings that miss the whisper number. The overall average price move is ‘negative’ (beat the whisper number and see weakness, miss and see weakness) when the company reports earnings.

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