2 Stocks Attracting Trader and Investor Analysis Ahead of Earnings

Corinthian Colleges, Inc. (NASDAQ:COCO) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, February 1, 2012. The average estimate of analysts is for the company to break even after the company reported net income of 23 cents per share in the year earlier quarter. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved down from one cent. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate was unchanged. It has since dropped over the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 38.5% versus last year to 24 cents.

The company fell short of estimates last quarter after topping forecasts the quarter prior. In the first quarter, it reported net loss of 4 cents per share against a mean estimate of 2 cents. Two quarters ago, it beat expectations by 2 cents with profit of 14 cents. On average, analysts predict $415.3 million in revenue this quarter, a decline of 14% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $1.67 billion for the year, a decline of 10.7% from last year’s revenue of $1.87 billion.

Competitors to Watch: Apollo Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:APOL), Career Education Corp. (NASDAQ:CECO), American Public Education, Inc. (NASDAQ:APEI), National American Univ. Hldgs., Inc. (NASDAQ:NAUH), DeVry Inc. (NYSE:DV), Grand Canyon Education Inc (NASDAQ:LOPE), Education Management Corp (NASDAQ:EDMC), Strayer Education, Inc. (NASDAQ:STRA), Bridgepoint Education, Inc. (NYSE:BPI), and Lincoln Educational Services Corp. (NASDAQ:LINC).

ManpowerGroup (NYSE:MAN) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, February 1, 2012. The average estimate of analysts is for net income of 88 cents per share, a rise of 33.3% 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 90 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has been unchanged at 88 cents during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting profit of $3.14 per share, a rise of 82.6% from last year.

Last quarter, the company beat estimates by 2 cents, coming in at net income of 97 cents a share versus the estimate of profit of 95 cents a share. It marked the fourth straight quarter of beating estimates. Analysts are projecting a rise of 6.9% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $5.57 billion.

Competitors to Watch: Robert Half Intl. Inc. (NYSE:RHI), Kelly Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:KELYA), SFN Group Inc (NYSE:SFN), Barrett Business Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:BBSI), Kforce Inc. (NASDAQ:KFRC), Hudson Highland Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:HHGP), TrueBlue, Inc. (NYSE:TBI), Mastech Holdings, Inc. (AMEX:MHH), and General Employment Enterprises, Inc. (AMEX:JOB).