2 Stocks Calm Prior to the Earnings Release Storm

DeVry, Inc. (NYSE:DV) will unveil its latest earnings on Thursday, January 26, 2012. The average estimate of analysts is for net income of $1 per share, a decline of 20% 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 $1.19. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has been unchanged at $1 during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 19% versus last year to $3.79.

Last quarter, the company missed estimates by 13 cents, coming in at profit of 83 cents per share versus a mean estimate of net income of 96 cents per share. In the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year, the company beat estimates by 5 cents. On average, analysts predict $535.5 million in revenue this quarter, a decline of 2.9% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $2.13 billion for the year, a decline of 2.3% from last year’s revenue of $2.18 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), Corinthian Colleges, Inc. (NASDAQ:COCO), Grand Canyon Education Inc (NASDAQ:LOPE), Bridgepoint Education, Inc. (NYSE:BPI), Education Management Corp (NASDAQ:EDMC), Strayer Education, Inc. (NASDAQ:STRA), and The Washington Post Co. (NYSE:WPO).

Colonial Properties Trust (NYSE:CLP) will unveil its latest earnings on Thursday, January 26, 2012. The average estimate of analysts is for net income of 29 cents per share, a rise of 3.6% 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 13.7% versus last year to $1.16.

The company fell in line with estimates last quarter after topping forecasts the quarter before. After coming in above the mean estimate by 4 cents in the second quarter, the company fell in line with expectations by reporting profit of 28 cents per share last quarter. On average, analysts predict $95.7 million in revenue this quarter, a rise of 2.4% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $381.6 million for the year, a rise of 4% from last year’s revenue of $367 million.

Competitors to Watch: Cousins Properties Inc (NYSE:CUZ), Vornado Realty Trust (NYSE:VNO), Washington Real Estate Investment Trust (NYSE:WRE), Liberty Property Trust (NYSE:LRY), Essex Property Trust, Inc. (NYSE:ESS), UDR, Inc. (NYSE:UDR), Mid-America Apartment (NYSE:MAA), Camden Property Trust (NYSE:CPT), BRE Properties, Inc. (NYSE:BRE), and Equity Residential (NYSE:EQR).

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