Business / Taxes / Earnings Surprise: When a company's earnings report either exceeds or fails to meet analysts' estimates, it's called an earnings surprise. An upside surprise occurs when a company reports higher earnings than analysts predicted and usually triggers an increase in the stock price. A negative surprise, on the other hand, occurs when a company fails to meet expectations and often causes the stock's price to fall. Companies try hard to avoid negative surprises since even a small deviation can create a big stir.
Earnings Noun Synonyms: wages, salary, income, compensation, pay, stipend, emolument, proceeds, return, revenue, yield, takings, take
Surprise Adverb Synonyms: take or catch unawares, catch red-handed or in the act or in flagrante delicto, catch napping or off guard, discover
Surprise Noun Synonyms: shock, astonishment, amazement, stupefaction, wonder, incredulity
Surprise Adjective Synonyms: shock, astound, astonish, amaze, disconcert, nonplus, dumbfound or dumfound, stagger, take aback, strike, hit, floor, bowl over, flabbergast, rock or set (someone) back on his or her or their heels, knock (someone) for six, kno
Business / Finance / Earnings Yield: Positive or negative differences from the consensus forecast of earnings by institutions such as First Call or IBES Negative earnings surprises generally have a greater adverse effect on stock prices MORE
Business / Finance / Normalized Earnings: Earnings that have been adjusted in order to take into account the effect of cycles in the economy. MORE