Colgate-Palmolive Fourth Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component Colgate-Palmolive (NYSE:CL) will unveil its latest earnings tomorrow, Thursday, January 31, 2013. Colgate Palmolive manufactures and markets a number of oral, personal, home care, and pet nutrition products for customers around the world.

Colgate-Palmolive Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for net income of $1.40 per share, a rise of 7.7% 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 $1.39. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved up. It has been unchanged at $1.40 during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 6.4% versus last year to $5.35.

Past Earnings Performance: Last quarter, the company reported profit of $1.38 per share, in line with the mean estimate. It was the third straight quarter of meeting expectations.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: On average, analysts predict $4.31 billion in revenue this quarter, a rise of 3.4% from the year-ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $17.12 billion for the year, a rise of 2.3% from last year’s revenue of $16.73 billion.

Analyst Ratings: There are mostly holds on the stock with 13 of 21 analysts surveyed giving that rating.

A Look Back: In the third quarter, profit rose 1.7% to $654 million ($1.36 a share) from $643 million ($1.31 a share) the year earlier, meeting analyst expectations. Revenue fell 1.2% to $4.33 billion from $4.38 billion.

Here’s how Colgate-Palmolive traded following its last earnings report 3 months ago and leading up to its upcoming earnings report this week: