At our Earnings Explorer tool available to clients on our website, we provide a real-time look at beat rates for both EPS and sales.  Below is a snapshot from the website showing both the EPS and sales beat rates for US companies reporting earnings on a rolling 3-month basis.  Currently, 64.61% of companies have exceeded consensus analyst EPS estimates over the last three months, while 63.75% of companies have beaten consensus sales estimates over the same time frame.

In looking at the chart, you can see a big spike in the EPS beat rate over the last few weeks.  Since earnings season began on July 13th, nearly 80% of companies have posted stronger than expected EPS numbers.  That’s a huge beat rate and suggests that analysts were too bearish on Q2 numbers heading into July.  The revenue beat rate held up much better than EPS beats throughout the first half of 2020, but it too is on the upswing this season.

We also monitor how share prices are reacting to earnings reports.  So far this earnings season, the average stock that has reported Q2 numbers has gained 1.31% on its earnings reaction day.  That compares to a historical average one-day change of just 0.06% on earnings reaction days.  As shown below, stocks that have beaten EPS estimates this season have gained 2.2% on earnings reaction days, while companies that have missed EPS estimates have fallen 1.89%.  It’s rare to see beats gaining more than misses decline, but that’s what is happening this season.  Click here to view Bespoke’s premium membership options for our best research available.

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