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Finding data

I/B/E/S/

Access is provided through the WRDS interface. To get access, you need to enter your institutional email address (that is, the email address ending in '@vu.nl' or '@student.vu.nl') on the WRDS home page. You will receive your Day Pass link from WRDS by mail, usually within a few minutes.

The Day Pass is sufficient for access to the data, both on campus and remotely. In exceptional cases, for example if you need access to the programming backend in WRDS, you need to apply for a personal account. Click 'register' on the top of the WRDS home page, and fill out the form. Bachelor students should apply for a Master account type.

Content

This source provides current and historical consensus data and forecasts from security analysts, for companies worldwide. Forecast items include earnings per share, revenue, cash flow, long-term growth projections, and stock recommendations. Data are available in multiple frequencies as well as covering shorter or longer time frames.

There are two versions of the I/B/E/S earnings estimate history, Summary and Detail:

  • The Summary History consists of a snapshot of the consensus level data taken monthly. The U.S. data cover reported earnings estimates and results since January 1976, while the international data start in 1987.
  • The Detail History (Analyst Earnings Estimate History) is a timeline of individual analysts' earnings forecasts (daily records at the analyst level). The U.S. data start in 1983, while the International data start in 1987.

 

Documentation and manuals

Several user guides are available in the Support section of the WRDS platform. There are also some documents explaining changes in the content of the database when it was acquired by the current owner, Refinitiv.

Other information

The links below provide some practical information on using IBES: