Investors are Watching 4 Major Financial Stocks As Earnings Approach

Visa, Inc. (NYSE:V) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, May 2, 2012. The average analyst estimate is for profit of $1.50 per share, a rise of 22% from the company’s actual earnings for the year-ago quarter. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved up from $1.46. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved up. It has been unchanged at $1.50 during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting net income of $5.97 per share, a rise of 19.6% from last year.

Last quarter, the company beat estimates by 3 cents, coming in at profit of $1.49 a share versus the estimate of net income of $1.46 a share. It marked the fourth straight quarter of beating estimates. Analysts are projecting a rise of 10.7% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $2.48 billion.

Franklin Resources, Inc. (NYSE:BEN) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, May 2, 2012. The average analyst estimate is for net income of $2.23 per share, a decline of 0.9% from the company’s actual earnings for the year-ago quarter. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved up from $2.08. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved up. It has risen from $2.16 during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 4.3% compared to last year’s $8.99.

Last quarter, the company came in at profit of $2.20 per share against a mean estimate of net income of $2.10 per share, beating estimates after missing them in the previous quarter. In the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year, it missed forecasts by 11 cents. Analysts predict a decline of 0.6% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $1.74 billion.

MasterCard, Inc. (NYSE:MA) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, May 2, 2012. The average estimate of analysts is for net income of $5.28 per share, a rise of 23.1% 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 $5.19. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved up. It has been unchanged at $5.28 during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 17.6% versus last year to $22.

The company has beaten estimates the last four quarters and is coming off a quarter where it topped forecasts by 13 cents, reporting profit of $4.03 per share against a mean estimate of net income of $3.90 per share. On average, analysts predict $1.73 billion in revenue this quarter, a rise of 15.3% from the year-ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $7.55 billion for the year, a rise of 12.5% from last year’s revenue of $6.71 billion.

Lincoln National Corp (NYSE:LNC) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, May 2, 2012. The average analyst estimate is for net income of 97 cents per share, a decline of 10.2% from the company’s actual earnings for the year-ago quarter. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved up from 93 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved up. It has risen from 95 cents during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 2.6% compared to last year’s $4.06.

The company met estimates last quarter after beating the forecasts in the prior two. In the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year, the company reported profit of $1 per share versus a mean estimate of net income of $1 per share. In the third quarter of the last fiscal year, the company beat estimates by 7 cents. Analysts are projecting a rise of 2.6% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $2.78 billion.