Add actual earnings per share as well as current projected earnings per share
Greg Veres commented
Just to be clear, I think this is asking for two values that could be plotted and used in calculations: estimated EPS (which I think is what we have today as EPS) and historical actual EPS. if that is what is being asked for, then I vote for it too.
Harry Zietchick commented
how long does it take to get reliable estimated earnings per share and sales from any particular date?
Rockwell Tenney commented
Real weakness here, an EPS projection can come down out of the blue it seems to me, weeks after the actual earnings release. Haven't been able to get the slightest explanation or response from VectorVest as to why it seems to take so long to make the projection after an earnings release. Perhaps it's a lag in the time it takes VectorVest to get info from their data providers. Beats me, but from where I sit, my perspective, it ain't a pretty sight.
Tom Mitchell commented
Surprised to see such limited support for this. No matter how intelligent or informed the estimate /forecast it is still an estimate and, by the way, has no business being plotted on a graph aligned with actual numbers as that just adds to the confusion. I have encountered a number of subscribers who were using EPS under the mistaken impression that it was actual EPS. Estimates are valuable and should remain but there is also great value in being able to compare actual performance to estimated performance.
Bob Marquardt commented
data to be shown at least monthly-make it available for graphs
Victor Grambsch commented
Agree this is a good idea - in addition, I would like a hyperlink to (a) brfore earning, the expected earnings and (b) after earnings, the conference call transcripts.
Make sure to show where before, during or after US markeyt hours.
Also, put earnings indicators for the past 5 or 6 cycles on the historical part of the chart -- how a stock usually reacts to earnings news is an important bit of data, especially for options plays.
I note that TDAmeritrade Think-or-Swim (TOS) does a very good job in this area -- your would do well to pattern your implementation after TOSS.
Peter Henery commented
Totally agree with this suggestion. Some of the EPS forecasts get way off. Check ALU.AX ... somehow EPS just fell from 16 to 2 !! That's an 87% reduction ?? FNP.AX fell from 12 to 7 ...a 40% reduction. I now check with Morningstar before making a decision which is very laborious.
Sharon Logue commented
if you do, give us an upcoming calendar like briefing.com a week ahead
Barry Anderson commented
Real EPS and Sales numbers are needed . The facts never hurt. The current values should be label Est EPS and Est Sales since they are not actual values.
Bob Marquardt commented
Now I have to go to your competition.
Graphing each shows deviation.
Same for industries.
Larry Newman commented
This would show what the earnings trend is and help to indicate what the future earnings might be.
Simon Roberts commented
Yes, this would be useful.
It would be useful to also have actuals for dividend, and dividend yield, which are best done on a trailing twelve month basis.
According to David Dreman, in "Contrarian investment strategies", up to 47% of analysts estimates are wrong by more than 10%, in any one quarter, and produce what he calls an earnings surprise. Only 1 in 21 of all analysts estimates are within 10% of actual earnings over 4 quarters, (researched over period 1973 to 1996).
Joey Stinnett commented
Yes and how about EPS growth rates in percentage terms ...
James Porche commented
Real EPS and Sales numbers are needed . The facts never hurt.
Stephen Leonard commented
wouldn't be a bad idea idea to have sales estimates as well
Edward Bee commented
I would rather see the PEG based on past EPS as well,
Tom Rickenbacker commented
Having only estimated earnings not just for the future but also for the past is absurd. Dan's suggestion is a strong one.
Dan Chiswick commented
We now can only see estimated EPS, and EY.? Seeing the actual results and being able to compare to projected results would be helpful and allow us to create new searches based on the difference between actual and projected.