5 Key Stocks in the Investing Spotlight Before Earnings

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HSN, Inc. (NASDAQ:HSNI) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, May 2, 2012. The average analyst estimate is for net income of 37 cents per share, a rise of 23.3% from the company’s actual earnings for the year-ago quarter. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved down from 42 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has been unchanged at 37 cents during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 13.9% compared to last year’s $2.37.

The company missed estimates last quarter after beating forecasts in the prior two. In the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year, the company reported profit of 80 cents per share versus a mean estimate of net income of 81 cents per share. In the third quarter of the last fiscal year, the company beat estimates by 7 cents. Analysts are projecting a rise of 3.2% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $747.1 million.

Time Warner, Inc. (NYSE:TWX) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, May 2, 2012. The average estimate of analysts is for profit of 64 cents per share, a rise of 10.3% 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 72 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has been unchanged at 64 cents during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 10.7% versus last year to $3.20.

The company has beaten estimates the last four quarters and is coming off a quarter where it topped forecasts by 7 cents, reporting net income of 94 cents per share against a mean estimate of profit of 87 cents per share. On average, analysts predict $6.82 billion in revenue this quarter, a rise of 2.1% from the year-ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $29.36 billion for the year, a rise of 1.3% from last year’s revenue of $28.97 billion.

IAC/InterActiveCorp. (NASDAQ:IACI) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, May 2, 2012. The average analyst estimate is for profit of 31 cents per share, a rise of 40.9% from the company’s actual earnings for the year-ago quarter. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved up from 30 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved up. It has dropped from 33 cents during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting net income of $2.04 per share, a decline of 6% from last year.

Last quarter, the company beat estimates by 18 cents, coming in at profit of 58 cents a share versus the estimate of net income of 40 cents a share. It marked the fourth straight quarter of beating estimates. Analysts predict a rise of 29% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $593.5 million.

Vonage Holdings Corp. (NYSE:VG) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, May 2, 2012. The average estimate of analysts is for net income of 7 cents per share, a decline of 22.2% 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 10 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has been unchanged at 7 cents during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 30% compared to last year’s 28 cents.

Last quarter, the company saw profit of 10 cents per share versus a mean estimate of net income of 10 cents per share. This comes after two consecutive quarters of exceeding expectations. Analysts predict a decline of 3.4% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $212.3 million.

Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ:GRMN) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, May 2, 2012. The average estimate of analysts is for net income of 41 cents per share, a decline of 16.3% 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 was unchanged. It also has not changed during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting profit of $2.63 per share, a decline of 1.5% from last year.

The company is looking to make a streak of three quarters of beating estimates. Last quarter, it beat expectations by reporting net income of 85 cents per share, and the previous quarter, it had profit of 77 cents. On average, analysts predict $525.4 million in revenue this quarter, a rise of 3.5% from the year-ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $2.77 billion for the year, a rise of 0.4% from last year’s revenue of $2.76 billion.

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