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This dicey little phrase is also called Street Numbers", "Reuters" (which runs a poll of analyst estimates and reports the numbers), and "Whuh?" The phrase refers to a company's quarterly earnings or other estimates that the Wall Street community has come to believe said company would print when they actually release their results.
To wit, Cisco has told the Wall Street analysts (employees who work for brokerage houses to provide "expert" advice to investors) that it expects to earn 40-45 cents a share on $10.5-11 billion in revenues. One analyst publishes that they expect 43 cents on $10.652 billion; another analyst publishes that they expect 40 cents on $11.1 billion, etc. See Whisper Number ,Buy side, and Sell side for more gory details.