You can use the earnings calendar to easily select a date to view the stocks that are expected to announce their earnings or type in a specific stock symbol in the search box to view the next earnings dates for that specific company.
On the earnings calendar, in the conference call column you will see the date and time of the next conference call. The conference call is important because it allows management to explain the results and give guidance on the future of the business.
You can see the expected percentage move for each stock in the earnings calendar in the "Expected % Move" column. This value is based on the options of the at-the-money straddle that expire after the earnings. The straddle is then converted to a percentage move in either direction. Meaning, this is the expected move if the stock gains or declines after the company announces earnings. Options are typically priced on the markets anticipated earnings volatility and, therefore, options traders will trade based on the magnitude of the stock move and not the direction of the stock move after earnings are announced. If a trader believes the options market is overestimating the stock move after earnings (in either direction), they may want to sell the straddle. But if a trader thinks the options market is underestimating the stock move, they may want to buy the straddle in anticipation of a big gain or lose in the stock price due to earnings.
AMC stands for after the market close and BMO represents before the market open.
Watch this video to learn more about the earnings calendar.
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