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earnings surprise  

Definition 1.

An earnings report that differs from the consensus forecast, i.e. what analysts were expecting. Often causes a substantial movement in the stock's price.
 

Definition 2.

When the earnings reported in a company's quarterly or annual report are above or below analysts' earnings estimates.
 

Definition 3.

The difference between what analysts expected a company to earn and what was actually earned. Earnings estimates have gained importance in recent years, and companies that don''t measure up often find their shares hammered. (The difference can also be expressed as a percentage.)
 
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