Morning Read: Here Comes Earnings Season, January 8th, 2013
"WhisperNumber.com expects the company to come in one cent ahead of the Street’s expectations. If Alcoa beats the whisper number, it would be pretty unusual. The aluminum giant has only done so in eighteen of fifty reporting periods."
JPMorgan Chase is seen posting quarterly per-share earnings of $1.03 by Whispernumber.com, ahead of the consensus. But Whispernumber's president, John Scherr, says the bank's recent earnings outperformance could set up "unrealistic expectations.", Jan 8th, 2011
Whisper Down the Web: Sites Help You Play Rumors as Well as News
"The fact that WhisperNumber.com is probably the most widely cited online source for earnings-estimate rumors means the site's pronouncements take on some importance in their own right -- just as analyst upgrades and downgrades do."
June, 2007 (AAII): The AAII releases their Best of the Net Top Web Sites for Estimates, Ratings, & Recommendations.
WhisperNumber.com was chosen based on its unique and proprietary
coverage of whisper numbers. The AAII stated that "whisper numbers" are "another estimate that investors should be aware of when quarterly earnings are released." The AAII went on to distinguish the importance and influence of the whisper number by stating "a company might meet or even exceed its consensus estimate, only to see its stock price plummet because it fails to meet the whisper numbers."
AAII Best of Net
May 8, 2007 (BusinessWeek): Cisco Systems (CSCO) and Disney (DIS) both finished higher ahead of their earnings reports after the market close. But Cisco shares were falling in after-hours trading after the company reported fiscal third quarter EPS of 30 cents a share, up from 22 cents a share a year ago. But that was below the "whisper number" of 36 cents from WhisperNumber.com that some traders hope for. Full article here.
The Whisper Game: How did beating the consensus earnings forecast become the least of your problems? CFO.com
October 18th, 2007 (CNNMONEY.com, Media Biz) 'Psst! Here’s what Google will REALLY report' "People are chattering about Google. According to Thomson First Call, analysts are predicting that Google will report a profit of $3.78 a share. But if Google reported merely $3.78, it’s highly likely that investors will be disappointed. Whispernumber.com is reporting that the whisper number for Google is actually $3.82 a share. It’s worth paying attention to the whisper numbers for a clue about how the stock might react immediately after the results are announced this afternoon."
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Since our start in 1998, we have collected earnings expectations (whisper numbers) from traders and investors that register with our site. Whether you call it 'wisdom of crowds', 'social media analytics', or 'crowd sourcing', this methodology has proven itself over the past twenty years as a more useful and valued earnings indicator. And traders know estimates don't move markets, expectations move markets.
The firm was founded in 1998 by John Scherr, with the belief that the aggregated data collected from individual investors & traders would prove more timely, accurate, and useful than the analysts consensus estimates. The WhisperNumber expectation is regularly referenced in notable financial media sources such as CNBC, Fox Business, Forbes, Barron's, The Wall Street Journal, CNN Money, The Street, and Bloomberg, amongst others.