The Journal of Financial Economics published Core Earnings: New Data & Evidence, which proves:

  1. Legacy fundamental datasets are flawed as proven here, here and here.
  2. Only our “novel database” enables investors to overcome those flaws.
  3. Our proprietary measures of Core Earnings and Earnings Distortion provide idiosyncratic alpha.
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Now, all investors, not just Wall Street insiders, can truthfully assess corporate earnings after excluding the unusual gains and losses that companies bury in footnotes, which legacy earnings measures, such as I/B/E/S Street Earnings or S&P Global’s (SPGI) Operating Earnings, miss.

For updates on how many firms are overstating and understating earnings every quarter, check out our Fundamental Market & Sector Trends reports. For example, as of 3Q21, 81% of S&P 500 companies were overstating EPS.

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This article originally published on January 12, 2021.

Disclosure: David Trainer, Kyle Guske II, and Matt Shuler receive no compensation to write about any specific stock, style, or theme.

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[1] The most recent Core Earnings and Street Earnings values are based on the latest audited financial data from calendar 3Q21 10-Qs.

[2] The earliest date that the 1Q21 10-Qs for all S&P 500 constituents were available.

[3]As proven in Core Earnings: New Data & Evidence, a paper in The Journal of Financial Economics, only Core Earnings enable investors to overcome the flaws in legacy fundamental data and research.

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    15 replies to "It’s Official: We Offer the Best Fundamental Data in the World"

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      Your reseach seems great, but the performance of your ratings seems fairly weak. Do you ratings perform better with stocks or ETFs?

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      Our ETF ratings are linked to our stock ratings. We rate ETFs based on our ratings of their holdings. For a look recent performance of our “See Through the Dip” thesis which utilizes our reliable fundamental data see Figure 5. At the end of 4Q20, our Most Attractive Stocks Model Portfolio had an annualized return of 9.6% since its inception in 2005 vs. 7.5% for the S&P 500 and 7.9% for the Russell 2000 over the same time. Thanks for the question.

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      how is that, its one of the best stocks, analysys reads Mod Buy? thanks

    • Matt Shuler


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      In March and then again in May NC was recommending the purchase of AMCX at prices of 35 & 41 respectively. Now in Sept NC no longer recommends the purchase of AMCX at a price of 22. The change seems based upon the most recent quarter’s results. Does this mean that all NC recomendations are predicated upon the most recent quarter/

    • Matt Shuler

      John, our Stock ratings are based on 5 criteria to assess the overall risk/reward of the stock and incorporate the latest available financials filed with the SEC. In this case, the Stock rating for AMCX changed from Attractive to Neutral on 8/8/22 after AMC Networks filed its 2Q22 10-Q. Specifically, the company’s TTM ROIC fell to the third quintile in 2Q22, which earns the ROIC component of AMCX’s overall Stock Rating a Neutral rating. Additionally, AMC Networks’ TTM economic earnings fell YoY in 2Q22 while GAAP earnings rose YoY over the same time. The misleading trend in AMC Network’s earnings earns the Economic Vs. Reported EPS component of AMCX’s overall Stock Rating an Unattractive rating. The Unattractive Economic Vs. Reported EPS component rating and Neutral ROIC component rating primarily drive AMCX’s Neutral overall Stock Rating. You can find more details about how we rate stocks here: Thanks for the question!

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