4 Spotlight Stocks to Watch NOW Ahead of Earnings Releases

Baidu (NASDAQ:BIDU) will unveil its latest earnings on Monday, July 23, 2012. The average analyst estimate is for profit of $1.13 per share, a rise of 56.9% from the company’s actual earnings for the year-ago quarter. The average estimate is the same as three months ago. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has risen from $1.12 during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 53% compared to last year’s $4.62.

Last quarter, the company beat estimates by one cent, coming in at net income of 85 cents a share versus the estimate of profit of 84 cents a share. It marked the fourth straight quarter of beating estimates. Analysts predict a rise of 61.2% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $851.6 million.

 

Texas Instruments (NASDAQ:TXN) will unveil its latest earnings on Monday, July 23, 2012. The average estimate of analysts is for net income of 39 cents per share, a decline of 30.4% from the company’s actual earnings for the same quarter a year ago. The average estimate is the same as three months ago. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has risen from 38 cents during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 18.2% compared to last year’s $1.75.

The company has beaten estimates the last four quarters and is coming off a quarter where it topped forecasts by 3 cents, reporting profit of 32 cents per share against a mean estimate of net income of 29 cents per share. The company’s current ratio of assets to liabilities came in at 2.61 last quarter. Having a ratio above 2:1 is usually considered a good indicator of a company’s liquidity and ability to meet creditor demands.

VMware (NYSE:VMW) will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, July 19, 2011. The average estimate of analysts is for net income of 31 cents per share, a rise of 55% 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 29 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved up, but has dropped from 32 cents during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting profit of $1.34 per share, a rise of 67.5% from last year.

The company met estimates last quarter after beating the forecasts in the prior two. In the first quarter, the company reported net income of 27 cents per share versus a mean estimate of profit of 27 cents per share. In the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year, the company beat estimates by 5 cents. On average, analysts predict $873.3 million in revenue this quarter, a rise of 29.6% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $3.63 billion for the year, a rise of 26.9% from last year’s revenue of $2.86 billion.

F.N.B. Corporation (NYSE:FNB) will unveil its latest earnings on Monday, July 23, 2012. The average estimate of analysts is for net income of 20 cents per share, a rise of 11.1% from the company’s actual earnings for the same quarter a year ago. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved down from 21 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has been unchanged at 20 cents during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting profit of 81 cents per share, a rise of 15.7% from last year.

Last quarter, the company saw net income of 19 cents per share versus a mean estimate of profit of 19 cents per share. This comes after two consecutive quarters of exceeding expectations. On average, analysts predict $124.9 million in revenue this quarter, a rise of 13.6% from the year-ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $501.5 million for the year, a rise of 12.9% from last year’s revenue of $444.3 million.