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Widget Spotlight #1- Earnings History

Be a better trader by expecting earnings surprises.

With FinanceBoards' web-based platform (no downloads needed), you can configure your dashboard(s) by selecting any of our 500+ financial data widgets, letting you review in one place only the financial data you're interested in. In the “Widget Spotlight” series, we pick one of these widgets, explain how it works, and go over why it’s a widget to consider adding to your dashboard.

Today’s widget is the Earnings History widget.

For each previous quarter, the widget displays:

  1. The estimated earnings per share.
  2. The actual earnings per share.
  3. The difference between the two.

This makes it easy to gauge whether a company tends to over or under-perform its earnings estimates. This is important because if a company's earnings are higher than expected, a jump in price usually occurs.

As an example, let's look at Apple. Apple is quite notorious for over-performing its estimates. As we can see, that’s been the case for four of the last five quarters (and if we scrolled down on the widget, 11 of the past 12). As with any of our stock-related widgets, typing a stock’s ticker or name in the top left will update the widget with that stock’s information.

For those who prefer more visuals, we have the same widget but in chart form (the blue bar representing the estimated EPS and the black representing the actual EPS).

Click here for a seven minute overview of FinanceBoards that includes the steps on how to add widgets such as these to your dashboard.

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