Earnings Per Share. Total earnings divided by the number of shares outstanding. Companies often use a weighted average of shares outstanding over the reporting term. EPS can be calculated for the previous year ("trailing EPS"), for the current year ("current EPS"), or for the coming year ("forward EPS"). Note that last year's EPS would be actual, while current year and forward year EPS would be estimates.

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The company's recently announced 10-Q report revealed significantly higher-than-expected EPS based on consensus estimates leading to a rally in the stock price.

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The company's stock price looked very high, but when I divided their profits by the number of shares I learned that it was actually cheap because their EPS was also very high.

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After generating more income than expected, the company exceeded Wall Street's EPS estimates.

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