It is increasingly important for firms to meet or exceed analysts' consensus earnings forecasts. Often management will give guidance or hints of the earnings per share prospects over the next quarter or next year to try to direct the consensus to what is achievable. For example, it is possible that the consensus is well above management's internal forecasts. Management will try to guide the consensus downwards so that when the earnings are released the negative surprise is minimized. Under Regulation FD, management needs to be very careful to provide guidance information to all shareholders — not just a select group of analysts. This is often achieved in investor presentations (that are often webcast) or conference calls (where anyone is allowed to dial in). Bloomberg Financial Dictionary

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guidance UK US /ˈgaɪdəns/ noun [U]
help and advice about how to do something or to deal with problems: give/offer/provide guidance (to sb) »

The website offers guidance to employers on employment law.

guidance on sth »

The first chapter gives guidance on how to make the best use of existing staff.


Freelance staff have been brought in to help develop software systems under Chris's guidance.

FINANCE written information that a company gives about its probable financial results for a particular period, before the period has ended: »

to provide/give/issue guidance

quarterly/full-year guidance »

There are only a few companies that don't issue quarterly earnings guidance.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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