Which Satellite or Cable Stock has the Strongest Earnings Trends After DISH Announced?

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 five satellite or cable stocks rank via earnings trends:

DIRECTV (NASDAQ:DTV): Current Price $49.09

Fiscal Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 19,690 21,560 24,100 27,230 29,740
Diluted EPS ($) 1.37 0.95 2.30 3.47 4.58

We see strong growth momentum in earnings and revenue at DirecTV in 2010 and thereafter.

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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 ($) in millions 7,463 7,046 7,224 7,416 8,054
Diluted EPS ($) 1.01 1.07 1.09 0.90 1.55

The growth story continues in the quarterly numbers, except for a momentary dip in September 2012. But DirecTV is certainly an eligible contender…