2 Stocks Climbing on Trading Radars Before Earnings

Toll Brothers, Inc. (NYSE:TOL) will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, December 6, 2011. The average estimate of analysts is for net income of 5 cents per share, a swing from a loss of 6 cents in the year earlier quarter. 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 of 20 cents per share versus net loss of 71 cents last year.

The company showed net income of 2 cents per share versus a mean estimate of profit of last quarter. This marks the fourth month of falling short of estimates. On average, analysts predict $424 million in revenue this quarter, a rise of 5.3% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $1.47 billion for the year, a decline of 1.3% from last year’s revenue of $1.49 billion.

Competitors to Watch: PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE:PHM), M.D.C. Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:MDC), D.R. Horton, Inc. (NYSE:DHI), KB Home (NYSE:KBH), Lennar Corporation (NYSE:LEN), Comstock Homebuilding Companies, Inc. (NASDAQ:CHCI), Orleans Homebuilders (OHBIQ), Meritage Homes Corporation (NYSE:MTH), The Ryland Group, Inc. (NYSE:RYL), and Standard Pacific Corp. (NYSE:SPF).

AutoZone, Inc. (NYSE:AZO) will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, December 6, 2011. The average estimate of analysts is for profit of $4.45 per share, a rise of 18% from the company’s actual earnings for the same quarter a year ago. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved up from $4.35. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved up. It has been unchanged at $4.45 during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 15.8% versus last year to $22.55.

The company beat estimates last quarter by reporting net income of $7.18 per share against a mean estimate of profit of $6.98. Analysts are projecting a rise of 5.6% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $1.89 billion.

Competitors to Watch: Advance Auto Parts, Inc. (NYSE:AAP), O’Reilly Automotive, Inc. (NASDAQ:ORLY), The Pep Boys – Manny, Moe & Jack (NYSE:PBY), U.S. Auto Parts Network, Inc. (NASDAQ:PRTS), General Motors Company (NYSE:GM), Toyota Motor Corp. (NYSE:TM), Honda Montor Co. Ltd. (NYSE:HMC), Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F), CarMax (NYSE:KMX), Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA), Tata Motors Limited (NYSE:TTM), and Navistar Intl. Corp. (NYSE:NAV).

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