Kingdom Ridge Capital is focused on fundamental trading, so the Kingdom Ridge analyst team – Jim Jungjohann, Andy Cobb, Nick Caputo, Mark Zepf, Brian Thonn and Chris Zepf – spend a great deal of time sorting through the data points that emerge when a company announces results. Fortunately, (or unfortunately depending on how you look at it), many technology companies tend to announce earnings at roughly the same time. Kingdom Ridge, and many other investment insiders, call this time “earnings season”. Earnings season starts roughly two weeks after the end of a quarter and tends to last 2-3 weeks.
For companies whose fiscal years are in step with the calendar quarters, this means most earnings announcements occur during the last two weeks of January, April, July and October. Generally speaking, companies release their earnings press releases at a time when there is little to no trading – either before the markets open or after they have closed – so that sell side and buy side analysts can digest the information before deciding how to value the stock after the data release. During this time, you can be sure that Kingdom Ridge analysts are busy sorting through the data and updating their proprietary models to identify who the next winners and losers in the technology sector may be.
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