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Earnings Date Helper



public static class EarningsDate


EarningsDate is a static class that has methods to determine earnings events for backtesting and also upcoming earnings releases for live EOD trading. Since EarningsDate is a static class, it's not required to create an object instance using "new". With a "using" reference to Community.Components, access EarningsDate methods (below) by direct calls as shown in the Example.

Method Syntax

public static bool EarningsDate.InWindow(WealthScript ws, int bar, string earningsString, int barsBefore, int barsAfter)

Parameter Description

wsThe WealthScript instance. Pass this.
barThe current bar number.
earningsStringA fundamental item string that can be referenced to determine past earnings dates. Be sure to use an item that is reported quarterly. Examples for the Fidelity fundamental provider: "assets", "net income", "ebit"
barsBefore, barsAfterThe number of days before and/or after the earnings date to be considered in the earnings window. For just the earnings date itself, pass 0 for both parameters.


InWindow returns true if date of the bar passed to the method is within the "earnings window", otherwise false. The earnings window consists of the earnings date and contains the specified number of days before and/or after it. Use InWindow for both backtesting and live/EOD trading. Past earnings dates are obtained from the fundamental provider (6 years max lookback for Fidelity), whereas earnings dates in the future are accessed using the GetNextUseCache method. See GetNextUseCache below for more information.

  • InWindow first checks if a file named EarningsDateIgnore.txt exists in the user \Data folder. If you have ETFs mixed in your DataSet, you should add them to this file so that time is not wasted searching for their earnings dates. A sample file is attached that you can add to your Data folder. ETF symbols can be separated by whitespaces, tabs, or new lines.
  • InWindow employs the GetNext* methods below. Therefore, unless you need to access a future earnings release date directly, it not required to use the GetNext* methods.

Method Syntax

public static DateTime EarningsDate.GetNextUseCache(string symbol, DateTime lastProviderDate)

Parameter Description

symbolThe symbol whose next earnings date you want to obtain.
lastProviderDateThe earning's date reported most recently by the fundamental provider.


GetNextUseCache accesses a bulk list of U.S. earnings dates to initially populate the cache file (EarningsDateCache.txt) in the user's \Data folder. It also uses the list to estimate and cache future earnings dates about 6 weeks in advance. When within 10 days of the cached date, the estimate is updated by the GetNext/GetNext2 methods. The resulting update is cached and not requested again until following the earnings release. The accuracy of the date is dependent on the GetNext providers, but to further ensure that your Strategy detects earnings events, use the InWindow method (above).

Due to the way GetNextUseCache works, the method may seem very slow the first time you run it on a large DataSet. All subsequent runs should be much quicker.

Method Syntax

public static DateTime EarningsDate.GetNext(string symbol)
public static DateTime EarningsDate.GetNext2(string symbol)

Parameter Description

symbolThe symbol whose next earnings date you want to obtain.


GetNext first checks for an upcoming earnings date from earningswhispers.com. If not available, it automatically calls the GetNext2 method, which accesses money.cnn.com for the symbol's earnings release date.


The Example demonstrates how to access the next earnings date for display in the chart window as well as how to use the InWindow method, which can be used to filter trading signals that occur in the "earnings date window".

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Text;
using System.Drawing;
using WealthLab;
using Community.Components; /*** Requires installation of Community.Components Extension from www.wealth-lab.com > Extensions ***/

namespace WealthLab.Strategies { public class EarningsDateDemo : WealthScript { protected override void Execute() { /* Display the next earnings release date in the chart */ DateTime nextReportDate = new DateTime(2010, 1, 1); FundamentalItem fi = GetFundamentalItem (Bars.Count - 1, Bars.Symbol, "earnings per share"); if (fi != null) { nextReportDate = EarningsDate.GetNextUseCache(Bars.Symbol, fi.Date); PrintDebug(nextReportDate.ToShortDateString()); } else { nextReportDate = EarningsDate.GetNextUseCache(Bars.Symbol, nextReportDate); } DrawLabel(PricePane, "Next Earnings: " + nextReportDate.ToShortDateString() ); /* Highlight the "In Window" bars */ for(int bar = 20; bar < Bars.Count; bar++) { if (EarningsDate.InWindow(this, bar, "earnings per share", 2, 1)) SetBackgroundColor(bar, Color.FromArgb(30, Color.Red)); } } } }

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