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What is earnings season?
This is the period of time when publicly listed companies release their financial figures for the previous quarter (or annual). Figures reported include Revenue, Earnings per share.
The release generally takes place prior to the market opening on the exchange or after it closes.
Company financial reports can have a drastic effect on the stock price. These events can cause the most volatility on shares and even drag stock Indices up or down, depending on the size of the company and the weight it has on an index.
Jan 1st – March 30th
April 1st – June 30th
July 1st – September 30th
October 1st – December 31st
Earning season kicks off around the middle of the month after the quarter ends, with the busiest time taking place 4-5 weeks after the start.
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Understanding company earnings is vital if you want to get involved with Stock trading. Read through the details of the company report and analyse how their previous reports affected the stock price.
Generally, companies will either beat, miss or match analysts' expectations on actual earnings of company’s own forecasts.
- Typically if a company beats analysts' estimates, the stock price will rise
- If the company meets expectations, there will generally be minimal movement
- If the company falls short of projections, the stock price tends to fall.
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While trading CFDs means there is no physical purchasing of stocks, in the underlying market, the psychology of stockholders can physically influence the price. (ie buyers push the price up and sellers push the price down) so be prepared for corrections or reversals that can take place in a short space of time after the initial move.
Consider that stocks can move in quite a drastic fashion after a particularly good or poor earnings report. For example, a company stock price may jump up 13% pre-market due to the latest figures and then fall back to the same level during the next trading session.
You can find information under the investor relations section of the company's official website or in major financial media.
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Please note that there are some changes to trading conditions during the period of earnings, so we would encourage you to check the conditions and examples in this calendar.
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