2 Big Companies Building Share Interest Before Earnings

United Technologies Corp (NYSE:UTX) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, January 25, 2012. The average estimate of analysts is for profit of $1.46 per share, a rise of 9% from the company’s actual earnings for the same quarter a year ago. The average estimate is the same as three months ago. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate was unchanged. It also has not changed during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 9% versus last year to $5.47.

Last quarter, the company beat estimates by 5 cents, coming in at net income of $1.49 a share versus the estimate of profit of $1.44 a share. It marked the fourth straight quarter of beating estimates. Analysts are projecting a rise of 1.4% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $15.07 billion.

Competitors to Watch: Honeywell Intl. Inc. (NYSE:HON), General Electric Company (NYSE:GE), The Boeing Company (NYSE:BA), Goodrich Corporation (NYSE:GR), Northrop Grumman Corp. (NYSE:NOC), Triumph Group, Inc. (NYSE:TGI), Esterline Tech. Corp. (NYSE:ESL) and Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT).

Dover Corp (NYSE:DOV) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, January 25, 2012. The average estimate of analysts is for profit of $1.04 per share, a rise of 10.6% 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 $1.09. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It also has dropped from $1.05 during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting net income of $4.45 per share, a rise of 28.2% from last year.

Last quarter, the company beat estimates by 8 cents, coming in at profit of $1.20 a share versus the estimate of net income of $1.12 a share. It marked the fourth straight quarter of beating estimates. On average, analysts predict $2.04 billion in revenue this quarter, a rise of 8.5% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $8.23 billion for the year, a rise of 15.4% from last year’s revenue of $7.13 billion.

Competitors to Watch: Illinois Tool Works Inc. (NYSE:ITW), Danaher Corporation (NYSE:DHR), Spectrum Control, Inc. (NASDAQ:SPEC), Actuant Corporation (NYSE:ATU), SPX Corporation (NYSE:SPW), Gardner Denver, Inc. (NYSE:GDI), 3M Company (NYSE:MMM), IDEX Corporation (NYSE:IEX), The LGL Group, Inc. (AMEX:LGL), and AMETEK, Inc. (NYSE:AME).