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An analyst’s forecast of future quarterly or yearly profits per share for a corporation is known as an earnings estimate (EPS). Estimates of future earnings are undoubtedly the most crucial component when trying to value a company. Analysts can use cash flow analysis to estimate a company’s fair value after making estimates of its earnings for specific time periods (quarterly, annually, etc.), which will result in a target share price.

Earnings estimates are frequently used by investors to evaluate various stocks and make buy/sell decisions. To calculate an estimated EPS, analysts employ forecasting algorithms, management advice, and fundamental company data. Earnings estimates are a key metric used by market participants to assess a company’s performance. Therefore, the price of the underlying stock can be affected by whether a company meets, beats, or misses its earnings estimates, especially in the short term.

Consensus estimates are frequently created by combining analyst earnings projections. These serve as a standard by which to measure the company’s performance. Consensus estimates are typically mentioned when a company is said to have “beat estimates” or “missed estimates.”

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