Financial Stock in Trading Focus Ahead of Earnings

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Moody’s Corporation (NYSE:MCO) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, February 8, 2012. The average estimate of analysts is for profit of 49 cents per share, a decline of 15.5% 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 47 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 net income of $2.52 per share, a rise of 18.3% from last year.

The company has beaten estimates the last four quarters and is coming off a quarter where it topped forecasts by 5 cents, reporting profit of 54 cents per share against a mean estimate of net income of 49 cents per share. Analysts are projecting a rise of 0.5% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $567.3 million.

Competitors to Watch: Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX), McGraw-Hill (NYSE:MHP), Paychex (NASDAQ:PAYX), Automatic Data Processing (NASDAQ:ADP), Thomson Reuters (NYSE:TRI), EDGAR (NASDAQ:EDGR), FactSet Research (NYSE:FDS), ValuLine (NASDAQ:VALU), Envestnet (NYSE:ENV), Morningstar (NASDAQ:MORN) and The Dun & Bradstreet Corp. (NYSE:DNB).

Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYSE:PRU) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, February 8, 2012. The average estimate of analysts is for profit of $1.76 per share, a decline of 1.1% 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 $1.72. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has risen from $1.70 during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 0.3% versus last year to $6.25.

The company missed estimates last quarter after beating forecasts in the prior two. In the third quarter, the company reported net income of $1.07 per share versus a mean estimate of profit of $1.56 per share. In the second quarter, the company beat estimates by 16 cents. On average, analysts predict $10.2 billion in revenue this quarter, a rise of 25.5% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $39.41 billion for the year, a rise of 27.2% from last year’s revenue of $30.98 billion.

Competitors to Watch: MetLife, Inc. (NYSE:MET), ING Groep N.V. (NYSE:ING), Prudential Public Ltd. Co. (NYSE:PUK), Torchmark Corporation (NYSE:TMK), Lincoln National Corp. (NYSE:LNC), StanCorp Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE:SFG), Delphi Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE:DFG), Primerica, Inc. (NYSE:PRI), AFLAC Incorporated (NYSE:AFL), and CNO Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE:CNO).

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