guidance

noun
guid·​ance | \ ˈgī-dᵊn(t)s How to pronounce guidance (audio) \

Definition of guidance

1 : the act or process of guiding
2a : the direction provided by a guide couldn't have done it without her guidance
b : advice on vocational or educational problems given to students provides guidance on how to apply for scholarships
3 : the process of controlling the course of a projectile by a built-in mechanism problems with the missile's guidance

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Examples of guidance in a Sentence

I couldn't have done it without her guidance. We need more guidance on how to handle these unusual cases.

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Justice Department officials have tried to combat this by issuing guidance and directing prosecutors to target culpable individuals in corporate crime cases, but the charges typically stick to low- and mid-level employees. Samuel Rubenfeld, WSJ, "Cognizant Case Shows How Firms Can Avoid Charges Even Amid Alleged Wrongdoing," 20 Feb. 2019 The Longmire Museum, open daily from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., provides general park information, winter activity guidance and backcountry permits. Carol Pucci, The Seattle Times, "For a visit without the crowds, head to Mount Rainier in winter," 20 Feb. 2019 Don't: Ask for Opinions Don't let the opinions of friends and family guide your hairstyle—wearing it up, down, in a twist, or in a bun is up to you alone, with the guidance and expertise of your wedding day hairstylist. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Avoid the 10 Biggest Hair Mistakes Brides Make," 13 Dec. 2018 After all, her job is to give policy guidance and move around resources around to carry out those policies. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "Elizabeth Warren confronts Trump nominee for her role in family separations," 19 July 2018 Christina relied on Storey’s guidance during her most difficult times and wanted to pass on her positive experience to others. Emily Strohm, PEOPLE.com, "Flip or Flop's Christina El Moussa Will Open Drug and Alcohol Rehab Centers: ‘It’s My Calling’," 5 July 2018 With the assistance and guidance of her father, Geff Ottman, Anna designed and built a coffee table that holds children’s board games. Lisa Peklo, Howard County Times, "Young Girl Scouts earn Gold and Silver awards [West Friendship]," 14 June 2018 Too bad Hollywood kids seem to have to parental guidance as with alot of kids in this country. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Jacob Sartorius Calls Millie Bobby Brown “Stunning” After Instagram Haters Tell Her To “Act Her Age”," 14 Jan. 2019 But North Korea's packaging of the first images of Moon's visit to its capital this week, as broadcast on state television a full day after the rest of the world saw them, offers some guidance — and some important insight. Fox News, "AP Analysis: In North and South Korea, 2 views of summit," 19 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of guidance

1590, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for guidance

guide entry 2 + -ance

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guidance

noun

Financial Definition of guidance

What It Is

In the stock world, guidance refers to public communication from a company regarding earnings expectations.

How It Works

The world of earnings guidance is large and fluid, whereby the management of publicly traded companies issue public estimates about what they expect earnings to be for the coming quarter. Guidance is based on management's experience, calculations and outlook, and it significantly influences the analysts covering the stock, because the analysts incorporate the information into their own research and earnings forecasts for their clients.

Before August 2000, it was legal for public companies to provide guidance to chosen analysts rather than publicly disclose their guidance. The SEC's adoption of Regulation FD in August 2000 prohibited this selective disclosure of material nonpublic information, and public companies must now publicly disseminate guidance and earnings estimates to analysts all at the same time.

When management becomes aware that the company probably will not meet the expectations it previously communicated, the company typically issues a profit warning via press release or conference call with analysts several weeks before announcing quarterly earnings.

Why It Matters

Guidance considerably influences stock prices because it helps investors evaluate a stock's potential. If investors expect a company to report, say, $0.10 in earnings per share next quarter, but the company actually reports $0.08, many investors might sell the stock and the company's stock price will therefore probably fall after the announcement. Conversely, if the company reports $0.12, the stock price will probably rise. The degree of "miss" or "surprise" influences how much the stock price will change. This is why guidance is usually a company's attempt to "soften the blow" or “fluff the pillows” before announcing earnings.

Some companies do not give guidance. They usually make that choice to reduce legal liability in the event that management's estimates are wrong. Some analysts claim that companies that do not offer any guidance often receive a "break" on stock price changes when these companies miss earnings, because the market is aware that the company's management has given the analysts (and their resulting estimates) no input.

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guidance

noun

English Language Learners Definition of guidance

: help or advice that tells you what to do : the act or process of guiding someone or something
: the process of controlling the flight of something (such as a missile)

guidance

noun
guid·​ance | \ ˈgī-dᵊns How to pronounce guidance (audio) \

Kids Definition of guidance

: help, instruction, or assistance I fumbled for my cross and was about to pray for guidance— Avi, Crispin

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