Regardless of whether VeriSign (
) posts a gain or decline in tonight's after-hours following its Q1
report, the stock historically is a strong play for the long
VRSN has recorded an earnings-driven after-hours gain in 11
quarters tracked in our database over the last nine years. In eight
of those quarters, or 73% of the time, the stock has seen its gains
expand in the following day's regular session. In a recent quarter,
it ended the after-hours flat and followed that trade with a
On the downside, VRSN has recorded an earnings-driven
after-hours decline in 24 quarters. In 16 of those events, or 67%
of the time, VRSN has seen its evening downside narrow or reverse
direction in the following day's regular session - a datapoint that
keeps longs in play despite any potential turn south tonight.
VRSN is due to report Q1 results in tonight's after-hours
session, and analysts polled by Capital IQ expect the company to
report a profit of $0.63 per share on revenue of $249 million.
The performance history follows:
On Feb. 6, 2014, VRSN dropped 2.1% in night trade despite
posting better-than-expected Q4 results. It moved deeper in the red
the next day, closing the Feb. 7 regular session down 4.9%.
On Oct. 24, 2013, VRSN ended the after-hours flat on the back of
a Q3 beat. The stock found upside support the next day, closing the
Oct. 25 regular session up 1.2%.
On July 25, 2013, VRSN gained 1.8% in after-hours trade after
beating Q2 expectations. The stock firmed higher the next day,
ending the July 26 regular session up 3%.
On April 25, 2013, VRSN clawed 0.2% higher in night trade after
beating Q1 expectations. The stock reversed course the next day,
closing the April 26 regular session down 2.8%.
On Jan. 24, 2013, VRSN edged up 0.2% in after-hours trade after
topping Q4 earnings estimates. The stock launched higher the next
day, closing the Jan. 25 regular session up 7.4%.
On Oct. 25, 2012, VRSN slumped 15.2% in evening action after
missing Q3 earnings expectations. The stock added modestly to that
downside the next day, closing the Oct. 26 regular session off
On July 26, 2012, VRSN declined 3.6% in after-hours action after
reporting in-line earnings results and revenue shy of the Street
view. The stock reversed direction the next day, closing the July
27 regular session up 6.5%.
On April 26, 2012, VRSN dropped 2.4% in night trade after
missing Q1 expectations. The stock narrowed its downside the next
day, ending the April 27 regular session down 0.8%.
On Jan. 26, 2012, VRSN dipped 0.06% in after-hours trade after
missing Q4 earnings expectations by a penny. The stock reversed its
direction the next day, closing the Jan. 27 regular session up
On Oct. 27, 2011, the stock rose 2.4% following an earnings beat
and revenues that met expectations. Shares rose a trimmer 1.4% the
On April 28, 2011, the stock fell 2.5% in evening action after
an earnings report featuring in-line profit but a revenue miss.
Shares shaved that move to a 0.7% closing decline the next day.
On Jan. 27, 2011, VRSN slid 0.4% in evening trade despite
beating Q4 expectations. The stock reversed direction the next day,
closing the Jan. 28 regular session up 2.5%.
On Oct. 28, 2010, the stock fell 2.7% in after-hours trading
after narrowly beating with Q3 results. Shares rebounded 3.8% the
On Aug. 2, 2010, VRSN gained 2.1% in after-hours action after
meeting Q2 earnings expectations and beating on revenue. The stock
firmed higher the following day, closing the Aug. 3 regular session
On April 28, 2010, VRSN declined 2.9% in evening trade after
missing revenue expectations and beating on earnings for its Q1.
The stock bounced back to the plus side the following day, closing
the April 29 regular session up 2.3%.
On Feb. 2, 2010, the stock fell 5.2% after as results did top
the year-ago quarter. Shares slipped 0.5% the next day.
On Nov. 5, 2009, VRSN declined 4.8% in after-hours action after
beating earnings expectations but coming in just shy on revenue.
The stock cut its downside the following day, ending the Nov. 6
regular session down 3.1%.
On Aug. 6, 2009, the stock fell 2.7% in evening trading after
VRSN misses with non-GAAP EPS. It fell a deeper 9.2% the next
On May 7, 2009, the stock was up 7.9% in night trade after
beating with Q1 results. Shares jumped 16.4% the next day.
On Feb. 5, 2009, the stock fell 3.5% after. The loss was trimmed
to 0.6% during the following regular session.
On Nov. 6, 2008, VRSN advanced 0.2% in after-hours action after
topping Q3 expectations. The stock surged higher in the Nov. 7
regular session, advancing 8.7% by the closing bell.
On Aug. 6, 2008, VRSN declined 6.2% in after-hours trade after
beating quarterly expectations but guiding for forward revenue in
line to lower than the Street view. The stock turned deeper in the
red the next day, losing 12.7% in the Aug. 7 regular session.
On May 8, 2008, the stock gained 2% during evening trading after
the company swings to a loss but reports sales that top the Street.
The gain improved to 3.1% the next day.
On Jan. 31, 2008, VRSN declined 1.9% in evening trade despite
topping Q4 expectations. It turned around the following regular
session, advancing 5.7% by the closing bell on Feb. 1.
On Nov. 1, 2007, VRSN slipped 0.9% in evening action after
meeting Q3 Street estimates. It rebounded from the red the
following regular session, rising a modest 0.5% by the Nov. 2
On July 26, 2007, VRSN ended the night session flat after
meeting Q2 estimates. However, they fell the next day, ending the
regular session down 4.1%.
On May 2, 2007, the stock gave up 1.9% in the evening hours
despite a revenue figure that topped the Street view. The loss was
a slimmer 0.9% the next day.
On Jan. 31, 2007, the stock fell 3.2% in the post-bell session
after the company reported revenue shy of the Street view. The
stock reversed to close up 8.7% the next day.
On Oct. 19, 2006, VRSN dipped 0.2% in night trade after despite
a sequential rise in Q3 sales. Shares pared their losses and closed
the next day session down only 0.1%.
On July 20, 2006, shares shed 2.8% in evening trading after the
company reported in line with EPS. That loss grew to 7.7% the next
On April 20, 2006, shares fell 4.6% after the company misses
with sales figures and just meets with EPS. The loss was reined in
some the next day, as the stock wrapped trading down 3.7%
On Jan. 26, 2006, shares were left virtually flat as the Street
was unimpressed by in-line EPS. The loss was 0.9% the following
On Oct. 19, 2005 VRSN shares rose 3.8% and followed up with a
3.5% regular session gain after the company reported Q3 revs of
$415 million and non-GAAP EPS of $0.27 per share, vs. the FC mean
of $410 million in revs and EPS of $0.27 per share.
On July 20, 2005, VRSN lost 11.3% in after hours trade when the
company beat Q2 estimates but lowered its Q3 revenue outlook. The
shares lost even more during the next day session, ending down
On April 20, 2005, VRSN jumped 6.9% after topping expectations.
It surged 13.6% in the April 21 regular session.
On Jan. 26, 2005, VRSN dropped 11.5% after hours despite besting
Street expectations and guiding in-line to higher. It lost even
more ground in the Jan. 26 regular session, closing down 13%.
On Oct. 20, 2004 VRSN ramped up 7.9% after the company beat
expectations and guided higher. It soared in the Oct. 21 regular
session, rising 19.5% by the closing bell.
VRSN was a downside mover the night of July 22, 2004, losing
4.4% after the company beat on sales but reported in-line EPS. It
slid 4.8% by the close on July 23.