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A companium to financial and socio-economic data such as Compustat, Factset, SDC Platinum, WRDS, and CRSP


Access is provided through the WRDS platform. The WRDS platform can be accessed using a Day Pass. In the video the use of the Day Pass is explained.


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 different sections / datasets that are part of I/B/E/S/ Academic subscription:

  • 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.
  • There is also a specific section with aggregated recommendations based on the detailed analyst data.
  • The Information section covers exchange rate type data

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: