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Is there a reliable aggregator of Annual Earnings Histories?

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August 24, 2013 – Comments (1) | RELATED TICKERS: K , SPY , AAPL

I've been comparing some of my sources I use for Annual Earnings histories of a company. Numbers I'm getting from Fidelity, Fool.com, CNBC, and the companies investor relations site (in this case, NYSE:K). All of them are reporting different values for Annual Diluted EPS.

I think using a company's investor relations site is the best method, but it can be a hassle to manually sift throuh documents to find this data, especially if it's a small company with terrible web design.

What do you all use to get earnings histories? Have you compared the values to the raw data?

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#1) On August 25, 2013 at 9:13 PM, rd80 (98.45) wrote:

I think the most reliable source is 10-Q (quarterly) and 10-K (annual) SEC filings.  The 10K normally has five running  quarters of information.  But, there can be one-time items that distort the numbers and many companies will report multiple sets of data - one using GAAP (generally accepted accounting principles) and one with another method they believe gives a better picture of the business.

As for different sites reporting different numbers for diluted eps, one possible explanation is the time period.  Some will report the trailing twelve months, some report the last complete fiscal year.

I just spot checked the quote for K here, at Yahoo, Barron's and CNBC.  All showed $961 mill for 2012 net income.  All but Yahoo, which didn't have diluted EPS, had $2.67 per fully diluted share for 2012. Yahoo did have trailing 12 month info, but that was obviously different than the fy 2012 numbers.

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