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On Tuesday, February 09, Gartner (NYSE:IT) will release its latest earnings report. Check out Benzinga's preview to understand the implications.
Net Income, Earnings, And Earnings Per Share
Earnings and especially earnings per share (EPS) are useful measures of a company's profitability. Total earnings, which is also referred to as net income, equals total revenue minus total expenses. EPS equals to net income divided by the number of shares outstanding.
Earnings And Revenue
Gartner earnings will be near $0.82 per share on sales of $1.07 billion, according to analysts. In the same quarter last year, Gartner announced EPS of $1.18 on revenue of $1.20 billion.
What Are Analyst Estimates And Earnings Surprises, And Why Do They Matter?
Analysts who cover this company will publish forward-looking estimates of its revenue and EPS each quarter. Averaging together every EPS and revenue prediction that each analyst makes about a company in a quarter yields the "consensus estimates." A company posting earnings or revenue above or below the consensus estimate is known as an "earnings surprise" and may move the stock by a considerable margin.
The analyst consensus estimate would represent a 30.51% decline in the company's EPS figure. Revenue would have fallen 11.06% from the same quarter last year. Here is how the company's reported EPS has stacked up against analyst estimates in the past:
Shares of Gartner were trading at $164.37 as of February 05. Over the last 52-week period, shares are up 9.63%. Given that these returns are generally positive, long-term shareholders are probably content going into this earnings release.
Do not be surprised to see the stock move on comments made during its conference call. Gartner is scheduled to hold the call at 08:00:00 ET and can be accessed here.
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