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EPS actual refers to the last quarter EPS or earnings per share, 12 month trailing EPS, last year EPS..., while EPS surprise refers to last EPS surprise, Previous EPS surprise, average EPS surprise...
An earnings surprise occurs when the quarterly or yearly earnings reported by the company are below or above the earnings estimates provided by analysts. These earnings surprise have big impact on stock prices; share price usually increases when a positive earnings surprise occurs and decreases when a negative earnings surprise occurs.
In all, there are eleven EPS-related items (for US stocks) downloaded by this object. These fundamental data are stored in the "eps_actuals_surprises" database. Here is a list of these eleven elements:
Last EPS Surprise Percent: The percent EPS surprise for the last reported quarter. It is calculated by subtracting the actual EPS or earnings per share by the consensus estimate for the quarter.
Previous EPS Surprise Percent: The last EPS surprise; the one that occurred in the previous reported quarter.
Average EPS Surprise: This field gets the average EPS surprise percent for the last four quarters. You can use this item to search for stocks with consistent earnings surprises.
Actual EPS used in Surprise: The quarterly diluted actual EPS used in surprise.
Last Quarter EPS: The current earnings per share reported for the last fiscal quarter.
Last Reported Fiscal Quarter: The report date of the last quarter.
Last Year Annual EPS Before Non-Recurring Items.
Last Reported Fiscal Year: The report date of the last fiscal year.
12 Mo. Trailing EPS: The sum of a company's EPS for the last four quarters.
Last EPS Report Date: The date the last earnings per share report was released.
Next EPS Report Date: The date the next earnings per share report will be released.