Rockwell Automation First Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component Rockwell Automation (NYSE:ROK) will unveil its latest earnings tomorrow, Wednesday, January 30, 2013. Rockwell Automation provides industrial automation power, control and information solutions to customers in the manufacturing sector.

Rockwell Automation Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for profit of $1.26 per share, a decline of 0.8% 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 $1.27. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has risen from $1.25 during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 8.4% versus last year to $5.56.

Past Earnings Performance: The company is looking to top estimates for the third straight quarter. Last quarter, it reported net income of $1.38 per share against a mean estimate of profit of $1.32, and the quarter before, the company exceeded forecasts by 2 cents with net income of $1.33 versus a mean estimate of profit of $1.31.

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