Investors Analyze These 4 Financial Stocks Before Earnings This Week

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AFLAC Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, April 24, 2012. The average analyst estimate is for profit of $1.65 per share, a rise of 1.2% from the company’s actual earnings for the year-ago quarter. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved down from $1.66. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate was unchanged. It has since dropped over the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 2.7% versus last year to $6.50.

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 net income of $1.48 per share versus a mean estimate of profit of $1.51 per share. In the third quarter of the last fiscal year, the company beat estimates by 6 cents. Analysts predict a rise of 8.8% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $6.2 billion.

Janus Capital Group, Inc. (NYSE:JNS) will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, April 24, 2012. The average analyst estimate is for net income of 16 cents per share, a decline of 33.3% from the company’s actual earnings for the year-ago quarter. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved up from 14 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved up. It has risen from 15 cents during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting profit of 71 cents per share, a decline of 12.3% from last year.

Last quarter, the company came in at net income of 19 cents per share against a mean estimate of profit of 15 cents per share, beating estimates after missing them in the previous quarter. In the third quarter of the last fiscal year, it missed forecasts by 2 cents. Analysts predict a decline of 17% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $220.2 million.

Regions Financial Corp (NYSE:RF) will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, April 24, 2012. The average analyst estimate is for profit of 8 cents per share, a rise of 700% from the company’s actual earnings for the year-ago quarter. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved up from 6 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved up. It has risen from 7 cents during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting net income of 48 cents per share, a rise of more than twofold from last year.

Last quarter, the company beat estimates by 2 cents, coming in at profit of 9 cents a share versus the estimate of net income of 7 cents a share. It marked the fourth straight quarter of beating estimates. Analysts predict a decline of 21.6% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $1.34 billion.

T. Rowe Price Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:TROW) will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, April 24, 2012. The average estimate of analysts is for profit of 77 cents per share, a rise of 6.9% 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 72 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved up. It has risen from 75 cents during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 15.4% versus last year to $3.37.

Last quarter, the company topped expectations by 4 cents, coming in at net income of 73 cents per share versus a mean estimate of profit of 69 cents per share. This followed two straight quarters of missing estimates. Analysts are projecting a rise of 4.1% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $710.5 million.

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