2 Stocks Catching the Eyes of Traders Before Earnings

Bemis Company, Inc. (NYSE:BMS) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, January 25, 2012. The average estimate of analysts is for net income of 39 cents per share, a decline of 20.4% 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 55 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has been unchanged at 39 cents during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 9.4% versus last year to $1.92.

The company fell short of estimates last quarter after topping forecasts the quarter prior. In the third quarter, it reported profit of 56 cents per share against a mean estimate of 58 cents. Two quarters ago, it beat expectations by one cent with net income of 51 cents. Analysts are projecting a rise of 1.6% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $1.27 billion.

Competitors to Watch: Sonoco Products Company (NYSE:SON), Sealed Air Corp. (NYSE:SEE), Rock-Tenn Company (NYSE:RKT), AptarGroup, Inc. (NYSE:ATR), Amcor Limited (AMCRY), and Can Tho Sadico Joint Stock Corp (NYSE:SDG).

Praxair, Inc. (NYSE:PX) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, January 25, 2012. The average estimate of analysts is for profit of $1.37 per share, a rise of 9.6% 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 $1.40. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has been unchanged at $1.37 during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting net income of $5.44 per share, a rise of 14.8% from last year.

The company has beaten estimates the last four quarters and is coming off a quarter where it topped forecasts by one cent, reporting profit of $1.40 per share against a mean estimate of net income of $1.39 per share. Analysts are projecting a rise of 8.4% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $2.84 billion.
Competitors to Watch: Air Products & Chemicals, Inc. (NYSE:APD), Airgas, Inc. (NYSE:ARG), and Rentech, Inc. (AMEX:RTK).