Earnings Preview: Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) moved up 19 times out of last 28 quarters

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) is projected to declare fiscal first quarter financial results right before the stock market’s official open on April 26, 2017. The stock added about 5.5 percent in price since last results when it was at $230.84 a share. Based on the most relevant past-periods data, there is an 67.86 percent probability for this firm’s share price to go up following next quarterly results. Earnings reaction history tells us that the equity price moved up 19 times out of last 28 reported quarters. It has beaten earnings-per-share estimates 83% of the time in its last 12 earnings reports. It fell short of earnings estimates on 2 occasions, and it has met expectations 0 time.

Here’s how traders responded to NOC earnings announcements over the past few quarters.

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NOC) Earnings Surprises & Reaction

Given its history, the average earnings announcement surprise was 7.61 percent over the past four quarters. Back on January 26, 2017, it posted earnings per-share earnings at $2.66 which beat the consensus $2.49 projection (positive surprise of6.83%. For the quarter, revenue came in at 6.4B versus consensus estimate of 5.93B. The stock dropped -1.68 percent the session following the earnings reports were released, and on 7th day price change was 0 percent.

On October 26, 2016, it reported earnings at $3.02 a share compared with the consensus estimate of $2.81 per share (positive surprise of 7.47%). Revenue of 6.16B for that quarter was above the $6.02B analysts had expected. The stock climbed 3.88% the day following the earnings announcement, and on 7th day price change was 4.05%.

On July 27, 2016, it recorded $2.6 a share in earnings which topped the consensus estimate of $2.5 (positive surprise of 4%). Revenue for the quarter was $6B while analysts called for revenues to be $5.99B. The stock dropped -0.25% the day following the earnings data was made public, and on 7th day price change was 0.15%.

On April 27, 2016, it announced earnings per share at $2.77 versus the consensus estimate of $2.47 per share (positive surprise of 12.15%). That came on revenues of $5.96B for that period. Analysts had expected $5.93B in revenue.

Northrop Grumman Corporation Earnings Estimates

As Q1 earnings announcement date approaches, Wall Street is expecting earnings per share of $2.91. The analysts’ present consensus range is $2.76-$3.23 for EPS. The market consensus range for revenue is between $5.99B and $6.26B, with an average of $6.12B.

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) last ended at $244.42, sending the company’s market cap near $42.68B. The consensus 12-month price target from analysts covering the stock is $258.06. The share price has declined -2.99% from its top level in 52 weeks and dropped 5.48% this year. It recently traded in a range of $242.76-$244.73 at a volume of 743636 shares. The recent trading ended with the price nearly 0.62 higher for the last 5 trading days, rebounding 32.41% from its 52-week low.


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