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Whisper Number

Oftentimes, securities analysts will offer an unofficial earnings estimate (generally off the record), which may be higher or lower then the consensus estimate. These are commonly referred to as the "whisper number" since they are not attributable to anyone or any analyst but instead are merely "the word on the street". More often that not, you will see a company announce earnings that are in line with the consensus estimate though fall short of the whisper number. This can have a significant impact on the price of the shares.