The Benzinga Pro Calendar tool is a hidden gem inside the platform. It’s more than just a Calendar, but a way to get a day-by-day overview of a ton of economic data and happenings, from options, to analyst ratings, to earnings, retail sales, and more.
How to Use the Benzinga Pro Calendar
Open up a new workspace and select the Calendar tool. This tool can help you make a trade, but also help you find important information happening in the markets.
While called the Calendar tool, it has much more than that. The current Calendars on Benzinga Pro include:
- Analyst Ratings – Calendar of analyst ratings.
- Conference Calls – Directory of company conference calls, usually after earnings are announced.
- Dividends – When companies are issuing dividends
- Earnings – Earnings season calendar
- Economics – Economic data from around the world, such as crude oil inventories.
- Guidance – Company estimates of future earnings.
- IPOs – Companies that are holding an initial public offering.
- Mergers & Acquisitions – Companies that have been merged or acquired.
- Retail Sales – Measures the retail spending in the U.S., signals trends in consumer spending.
- SEC Filings – SEC filings in calendar form.
- Secondary Offerings – When a company offers shares after they’ve had an IPO.
- Splits – Stock split calendar.
- Unusual Options Activity – Unusual options activity alerts
When you open Calendar, it will default to the earnings calendar.
At the top of the tool, you can choose what Benzinga Pro Calendar you want, and choose your time period.
The earnings Benzinga Pro Calendar will give you a list of all the companies reporting their quarterly earnings for the time period selected.
It will give you the announcement date, if the earnings will be released before the market opens/after market close, the name and ticker symbol, and what quarter is reported, estimated earnings per share and estimated revenue.
If the company has already reported, you will have confirmed earnings per share, revenue, and the surprise. Additionally, the confirmed date will tell you if the earnings announcement has been confirmed by the company. Benzinga forecasts when a company is expected to announce earnings, and update it once the company makes a confirmation.
All of these columns are customizable, so you can remove whatever isn’t important to you to keep it condensed by clicking the columns button the right side of the tool.
Analyst Ratings Calendar
Another great calendar in Benzinga Pro is the Analyst Ratings Calendar. This will show you all of the analyst ratings issued during the time period selected at the top of the tool.
The columns in this tool include:
- Date and Time
- Symbol and Name of Company
- Analyst Name
- Action (Maintain, Upgrade, Downgrade, Initiates)
- Prior Rating, if applicable
- New Rating
- Action Price (Announces, Raises, Lowers)
- Prior Price Target
- New Price Target
Once again, all these columns are customizable so you can keep what you want, and remove what you don’t.
Benzinga Pro Economics Calendar
Another Calendar to highlight is the Economics Calendar. This calendar will show you economic events from all around the world.
Something to note is the importance column—this is something the Benzinga newsdesk designates to help you figure out which economic figures you should pay attention to the most.
Unusual Options Activity Calendar
Unusual Options Activity is a premium add-on feature to Benzinga Pro. This Calendar gives you a look into all the unusual options trades that have occured. This will show you the following data for the unusual options:
- Put or Call
- Trade or Sweep
- Expiration Date
- Days to Expiration
- Strike Price
- Total Trade Price
- Option Price
- Volume/Open Interest
Don’t underestimate the Calendar—it’s a great tool that can help you access financial data in an organized way. In this blog post, we highlighted just a few of the Calendars you can use to access data like world economic figures, earnings, and analyst ratings.
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