2 Tech Stocks Drum Up Investing Chatter Before Earnings Reports

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VeriFone Systems, Inc. (NYSE:PAY) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, December 14, 2011. The average estimate of analysts is for net income of 44 cents per share, a rise of 33.3% from the company’s actual earnings for the same quarter a year ago. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved up from 43 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate was unchanged. It has risen during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting profit of $1.62 per share, a rise of 54.3% from last year.

The company met estimates last quarter after beating the forecasts in the prior two. In the third quarter, the company reported net income of 40 cents per share versus a mean estimate of profit of 40 cents per share. In the second quarter, the company beat estimates by 0 cents. On average, analysts predict $406.4 million in revenue this quarter, a rise of 47.3% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $1.31 billion for the year, a rise of 31% from last year’s revenue of $1 billion.

Competitors to Watch: Hypercom Corporation (NYSE:HYC), NCR Corporation (NYSE:NCR), Radiant Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:RADS), MICROS Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:MCRS), Global Payment Tech., Inc. (GPTX), USA Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:USAT), PAR Technology Corporation (NYSE:PAR), Pitney Bowes Inc. (NYSE:PBI), and ZUK Elzab SA (ELZ).

Adobe Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADBE) will unveil its latest earnings on Thursday, December 15, 2011. The average estimate of analysts is for net income of 50 cents per share, a rise of 2% from the company’s actual earnings for the same quarter a year ago. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved up from 48 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved up. It has been unchanged at 50 cents during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting profit of $1.85 per share, a rise of 17.8% from last year.

The company met estimates last quarter after falling short of forecasts in the prior two. Before reporting net income of 44 cents per share in the third quarter to fall in line with expectations, the company beat estimates by 2 cents in the second quarter. On average, analysts predict $1.09 billion in revenue this quarter, a rise of 7.9% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $4.15 billion for the year, a rise of 9.2% from last year’s revenue of $3.8 billion.

Competitors to Watch: Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG), Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), Oracle Corporation (NASDAQ:ORCL), Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK), Sonic Solutions (NASDAQ:SNIC), Monotype Imaging Hldgs. Inc. (NASDAQ:TYPE), Bitstream Inc. (NASDAQ:BITS), Intl. Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM), and Sonic Foundry, Inc. (NASDAQ:SOFO).

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