2 Stocks Generating More Share Demand Before Earnings

Whirlpool Corp (NYSE:WHR) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, February 1, 2012. The average estimate of analysts is for profit of $2.06 per share, a decline of 2.4% 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 $3.27. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It also has dropped from $2.17 during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting net income of $9.21 per share, a decline of 4.6% from last year.

The company fell short of estimates last quarter after being in line with forecasts the quarter prior. In the third quarter, it reported profit of $2.35 per share versus a mean estimate of $2.68. Two quarters ago, it reported net income of $2.76 per share. Analysts are projecting a decline of 1.2% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $4.98 billion.

Competitors to Watch: General Electric (NYSE:GE), Siemens (NYSE:SI), Indesit Company SpA (NYSE:IND).

W.R. Grace & Co. (NYSE:GRA) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, February 1, 2012. The average estimate of analysts is for net income of 87 cents per share, a rise of 40.3% 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. For the year, analysts are projecting profit of $3.93 per share, a rise of 49.4% from last year.

Last quarter, the company beat estimates by 10 cents, coming in at net income of $1.16 a share versus the estimate of profit of $1.06 a share. It marked the fourth straight quarter of beating estimates.

Competitors to Watch: The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE:DOW), Innospec Inc. (NASDAQ:IOSP), Albemarle Corporation (NYSE:ALB), Rockwood Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:ROC), Sigma-Aldrich Corporation (NASDAQ:SIAL), Celanese Corporation (NYSE:CE), Ferro Corporation (NYSE:FOE), Huntsman Corporation (NYSE:HUN), and Lubrizol Corporation (NYSE:LZ).