Zillow Inc. First Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

Zillow Inc. (NASDAQ:Z) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, May 2, 2012.

Zillow Inc. Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for the company to break even after the company reported a loss of one cent per share in the year-earlier quarter. The average estimate is the same as three months ago. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has risen from a loss of 2 cents during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 85.7% versus last year to 13 cents.

Past Earnings Performance: The company is looking to top estimates for the third straight quarter. Last quarter, it reported net income of 3 cents per share against a mean estimate of net loss of 3 cents, and the quarter before, the company exceeded forecasts by 4 cents with profit of 5 cents versus a mean estimate of net income of one cent.

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Analyst Ratings: Analysts seem relatively indifferent about Zillow with three of five analysts surveyed maintaining a hold rating.

A Look Back: In the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year, profit remained level at $924,000 (-1 cents a share) from the year earlier, beating analyst estimates. Revenue was unchanged at $19.9 million.

Stock Price Performance: Between January 31, 2012 and April 26, 2012, the stock price rose $3.24 (11%), from $29.50 to $32.74. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between February 6, 2012 and February 16, 2012, when shares rose for nine straight days, increasing 7.6% (+$2.42) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between November 15, 2011 and November 25, 2011 when shares fell for eight straight days, dropping 23.3% (-$6.86) over that span.

(Company fundamentals by Xignite Financials. Earnings estimates provided by Zacks)

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