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Greetings stbees,

Can someone explain to me why the current earnings per share are different on the estimates and the snapshot windows?

Simply put, the snapshot is the historical data while the estimates contains future values. The snapshot uses the past 4 quarterly reports to give what the earnings are for the trailing twelve months while the estimates likely use a different time period. The "this fiscal year" would be 2004 which isn't the same as the trailing twelve months that would be 2003 most likely.

for example, AWE lists earnings of .14 on snapshot, but current year estimate of -.04 in estimates window. Is it so we can see how far off the reality and the projection were?

No, the .14 is what AWE earned in 2003 while the -.04 is the estimate for all of 2004 which are rather different years I think.

Or are these different animals, and I'm reading things wrong.

Closer here. The idea is that you can use historical data and current projections to try to determine where the company is going based on where it has been and making a few assumptions I think.

Or is this a real "duh" and should I go back to mutual funds and not outsmart myself?

Un-uh. This stuff takes a little work to get the hang of since it isn't like you were born knowing how to read those pages, were you? ;-)

Taking in statistics can require some work but if you're willing to roll up your sleeves and get the odd hand to help when you need it, you'll be surprised how far you can go. Just remember to look for the fine print.

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