2 Stocks With Earnings on the Horizon

DENTSPLY International, Inc. (NASDAQ:XRAY) will unveil its latest earnings on Thursday, February 16, 2012. The average estimate of analysts is for profit of 52 cents per share, a rise of 2% 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. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 6.8% versus last year to $2.03.

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 46 cents per share against a mean estimate of profit of 43 cents per share. Analysts are projecting a rise of 27.5% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $724.6 million.

Competitors to Watch: Young Innovations, Inc. (NASDAQ:YDNT), Align Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:ALGN), Sirona Dental Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:SIRO), Biolase Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:BLTI), Pro-Dex, Inc. (NASDAQ:PDEX), Danaher Corporation (NYSE:DHR), Integra LifeSciences Hldgs. Corp. (NASDAQ:IART), 3M Company (NYSE:MMM), Cantel Medical Corp. (NYSE:CMN), and Zimmer Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:ZMH).

DaVita, Inc. (NYSE:DVA) will unveil its latest earnings on Thursday, February 16, 2012. The average analyst estimate is for net income of $1.48 per share, a rise of 31% from the company’s actual earnings for the year-ago 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 to rise by 15.3% versus last year to $5.05.

Last quarter, the company missed estimates by one cent, coming in at profit of $1.45 per share versus a mean estimate of net income of $1.46 per share. In the second quarter, the company beat estimates by 3 cents. Analysts are projecting a rise of 12.1% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $1.85 billion.

Competitors to Watch: Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. (NYSE:FMS), National Quality Care, Inc. (NQCI), Hanger Orthopedic Group, Inc. (NYSE:HGR), Continucare Corporation (NYSE:CNU), Universal Health Services, Inc. (NYSE:UHS), NovaMed, Inc. (NASDAQ:NOVA), MedCath Corporation (NASDAQ:MDTH), Dynacq Healthcare, Inc. (NASDAQ:DYII), and U.S. Physical Therapy, Inc. (NASDAQ:USPH).

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