Anadarko Petroleum Fourth Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component Anadarko Petroleum (NYSE:APC) will unveil its latest earnings tomorrow, Monday, February 4, 2013. Anadarko Petroleum is engaged in the exploration and production of oil and natural gas.

Anadarko Petroleum Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for net income of 74 cents per share, a decline of 12.9% 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 84 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It also has dropped from 75 cents during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 0.6% versus last year to $3.36.

Past Earnings Performance: The company has beaten estimates the last four quarters and is coming off a quarter where it topped forecasts by 8 cents, reporting profit of 84 cents per share against a mean estimate of net income of 76 cents per share.

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A Look Back: In the third quarter, the company swung to a profit of $121 million (24 cents a share) from a loss of $3.05 billion ($6.12) a year earlier, beating analyst estimates. Revenue fell 1.5% to $3.33 billion from $3.38 billion.

Here’s how Anadarko Petroleum Corp traded following its last earnings report 3 months ago and leading up to its upcoming earnings report this week: