Willians Astudillo is healthful sufficient to go back, the Twins decided after Saturday’s doubleheader. The catcher/utilityman could be activated for Sunday’s game, the team announced late Saturday. To make room, reliever Fernando Romero, who owns a five.Sixty-three ERA in seven important league video games this 12 months, joined other pitchers headed lower back to Class AAA Rochester.
Tyler Duffey is going lower back, too, after dealing with three batters Saturday and placing out all three. Duffey’s one-day pass because the Twins’ unique twenty-sixth man expired once the doubleheader did, and he’s headed again to Rochester for the second time this 12 months.
Meanwhile, the Twins placed Martin Perez at the paternity list and activated Kohl Stewart to begin the second one recreation of the doubleheader. Stewart, too, become sent proper back to Rochester after the game, in spite of earning a win. Perez is planning to make his scheduled begin on Sunday. We tend to think that more people have been hurt during earnings season than at any other time of the year. Why? Well think about it, it makes sense. You see a stock moving higher and higher, you’re convinced because the analysts have told you that this company is the second best thing to sliced bread. They have raised their expectations several times, and so you go for it. You buy the stock, they announce earnings and “boom” the next morning you’re down 6 dollars a share, despite the fact that they beat the numbers. What’s up with that?
There are several mechanics at work during an earnings release. Naturally, you have the raw numbers themselves, such as did they actually beat the estimates? Sometimes it appears as they have, but how’d they do it? If they did it on falling revenues, then they accomplished the feat by cost cutting or playing the currency spreads. None of them are indicative of great growth. Then we have the issue of just how much did they beat the estimates by? Quite often beating by a penny is so much
more a matter of creative accounting than a real estimate of business growth.
Then of course there is the all-important “guidance”. Remember that when earnings are released, it’s already old news. They are reporting numbers for the quarter that has already past. No one cares about history in this business or they would know it repeats itself and stocks wouldn’t be this high as it is, but that’s another story. People want to know what the company is doing now and what they think they will do in the future. If the guidance is mush, soft, soggy, or a million other
descriptive words, then you can bet that the stock is going to take a hit.
If you study enough charts of enough earnings seasons, you are going to see something quite startling. Although the averages can indeed move higher during earnings season, the chances of your individual stock selection moving higher is really pretty iffy. The fact is that the risk reward scenario to holding a stock over the reporting session is pretty horrid and frankly we advise against it. That always brings out the howls from the crowd that says “Yeah, well I sold XXX ahead of earnings and it gaped up 6 dollars!” That’s certainly true it happens to hundreds of companies.
But, that is seriously less painful than being in the stock that gaps DOWN 6 dollars because they didn’t like the quality of earnings, the margins, or the guidance.
As we come into earnings season, the best you can do is ride the stock up into the earnings, but then bail out the day before the actual report hits. You are going to miss some of the ones that explode higher, no doubt. But you won’t be in any of the ones that implode and open down a ton. If you see a stock on our consider buy list and it’s got earnings coming, realize that the only time we will hold through earnings is if we’ve screwed up and got the earnings date wrong, or we have some really really good reason to want to take the chance. Do a bit of homework on YHOO or Market Watch or what have you and try and make sure you’re not in a reporting company. Sometimes the dates aren’t correct, some times the company will announce a day ahead of time, etc. You MUST stay vigilant.