2 Stocks Generating Trader Interest Ahead of Earnings

The Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (NYSE:EL) will unveil its latest earnings on Friday, February 3, 2012. The average estimate of analysts is for profit of $1.01 per share, a rise of 14.8% 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 97 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved up. It has been unchanged at $1.01 during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting net income of $2.28 per share, a rise of 23.2% from last year.

Last quarter, the company topped estimates by 0 cents, coming in at profit of 70 cents per share against a mean estimate of net income of 60 cents. The company fell in line with estimates in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year. On average, analysts predict $2.75 billion in revenue this quarter, a rise of 10.4% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $9.67 billion for the year, a rise of 9.8% from last year’s revenue of $8.81 billion.

Competitors to Watch: Avon Products, Inc. (NYSE:AVP), Alberto-Culver Company (NYSE:ACV), Revlon, Inc. (NYSE:REV), Elizabeth Arden, Inc. (NASDAQ:RDEN), Inter Parfums, Inc. (NASDAQ:IPAR), Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE:NUS), The Procter & Gamble Co. (NYSE:PG), Parlux Fragrances, Inc. (NASDAQ:PARL), Physicians Formula Hldgs., Inc. (NASDAQ:FACE).

Weyerhaeuser Company (NYSE:WY) will unveil its latest earnings on Friday, February 3, 2012. The average estimate of analysts is for profit of 6 cents per share, a decline of 40% 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 8 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It also has dropped from 7 cents during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 50% versus last year to 25 cents.

The company beat estimates last quarter after falling short in the prior two. In the third quarter, the company reported net income of 12 cents per share versus a mean estimate of profit of 11 cents per share. In the second quarter, the company missed estimates by 3 cents. Analysts are projecting a decline of 4.2% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $1.59 billion.

Competitors to Watch: Universal Forest Products, Inc. (NASDAQ:UFPI), Deltic Timber Corporation (NYSE:DEL), Canfor Corporation (AMEX:CFP) and Rougier SA (NYSE:RGR).

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