Zacks began in 1978 collecting the individual EPS estimates for over 4,400 US and Canadian companies made by 3,000 analysts employed by 180 US brokerage firms. We aggregate this information to
form the consensus of the brokerage analyst estimates of future earnings per share, and in fact, we originated the concept of the EPS surprise in 1981 by comparing reported EPS to our consensus of
analyst EPS forecasts for the quarter. In the early 1990s, we developed consensus estimates of other key investment metrics such as brokerage analyst stock ratings, forecasts of future sales, and
target prices. More recently, we are expanding again the set of items for which we calculate consensus estimates to include many of the line items and ratios that can be determined from income
statements such as ROE, Margins, Net Income, etc.
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