Which Communications Tech Stocks Have the Strongest Earnings Trends?

Earnings trends are extremely important when evaluating stocks. At Wall St. Cheat Sheet, we view increasing earnings quarter-over-quarter as a simple way to gauge whether costs and the business model are stable. Then we like to analyze whether the company is outperforming peers in the sector. This is what we call the “E-Squared” investment analysis (‘E = Earnings Are Increasing Quarter-Over-Quarter’ + ‘E = Excellent Relative Performance Versus Peers and Sector’).

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Here’s your Cheat Sheet to how the top 5 communication tech stocks rank via earnings trends:

ADTRAN Inc. (NASDAQ:ADTN): Current Price $20.98

Fiscal Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 500.68 484.18 605.67 717.23 620.61
Diluted EPS ($) 1.22 1.17 1.78 2.12 0.74

This company was doing well up to 2011 with nice growth seen across both the top line and earnings. However, 2012 proved to be a challenge.

Next, our CHEAT SHEET investing framework asks us to drill down to the recent quarterly data:

Quarter Dec. 31, 2011 Mar. 31, 2012 Jun. 30, 2012 Sep. 30, 2012 Dec. 31, 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 175.29 134.74 184.00 162.12 139.76
Diluted EPS ($) 0.48 0.20 0.33 0.15 0.06

Things have been rocky here — particularly over the last three quarters. We’ll have to look elsewhere…