2 Stocks Seeing Trading Activity Before Earnings Reports

Monster Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:MWW) will unveil its latest earnings on Thursday, January 26, 2012. The average estimate of analysts is for net income of 12 cents per share, a rise of twofold 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 17 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has been unchanged at 12 cents during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting profit of 39 cents per share, a swing from a loss of 8 cents last year.

The company’s quarterly results have come in above estimates for the last three quarters. Last quarter, the company booked net income of 13 cents per share versus a mean estimate of profit of 11 cents per share. On average, analysts predict $258.9 million in revenue this quarter, a rise of 0.2% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $1.06 billion for the year, a rise of 15.3% from last year’s revenue of $919.2 million.

Competitors to Watch: DICE HOLDINGS, INC. (NYSE:DHX), 51job, Inc. (NASDAQ:JOBS), LiveDeal, Inc. (NASDAQ:LIVE), Hudson Highland Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:HHGP), ManpowerGroup (NYSE:MAN), Volt Information Sciences, Inc. (NYSE:VOL), Mastech Holdings, Inc. (AMEX:MHH), General Employment Enterprises, Inc. (AMEX:JOB).

Robert Half International, Inc. (NYSE:RHI) will unveil its latest earnings on Thursday, January 26, 2012. The average estimate of analysts is for net income of 31 cents per share, a rise of 82.4% 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 29 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved up. It has been unchanged at 31 cents during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting profit of $1.05 per share, a rise of more than twofold from last year.

The company has beaten estimates the last four quarters and is coming off a quarter where it topped forecasts by 3 cents, reporting net income of 31 cents per share against a mean estimate of profit of 28 cents per share. On average, analysts predict $986.5 million in revenue this quarter, a rise of 15.8% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $3.79 billion for the year, a rise of 19.2% from last year’s revenue of $3.18 billion.

Competitors to Watch: Kelly Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:KELYA), ManpowerGroup (NYSE:MAN), Kforce Inc. (NASDAQ:KFRC), SFN Group Inc (NYSE:SFN), Barrett Business Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:BBSI), Volt Information Sciences, Inc. (NYSE:VOL), TrueBlue, Inc. (NYSE:TBI), and CDI Corp. (NYSE:CDI).