2 Tech Stocks Shine in Trading Spotlight Ahead of Earnings

Broadcom Corp (NASDAQ:BRCM) will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, January 31, 2012. The average estimate of analysts is for net income of 40 cents per share, a decline of 31% 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 36 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved up. It has been unchanged at 40 cents during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting profit of $1.59 per share, a decline of 23.9% from last year.

Last quarter, the company missed estimates by 6 cents, coming in at net income of 48 cents per share versus a mean estimate of profit of 54 cents per share. In the second quarter, the company beat estimates by 10 cents. Analysts are projecting a decline of 7.7% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $1.8 billion.

Competitors to Watch: QUALCOMM, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM), Texas Instruments Inc. (NYSE:TXN), Analog Devices, Inc. (NYSE:ADI), NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA), Marvell Tech. Group Ltd. (NASDAQ:MRVL), Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC), Entropic Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:ENTR), PMC-Sierra, Inc. (NASDAQ:PMCS)  and Zoran Corporation (NASDAQ:ZRAN).

Unisys Corp  (NYSE:UIS) will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, January 31, 2012. The average estimate of analysts is for net income of $1.50 per share, a decline of 31.8% 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 $1.60. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It also has dropped from $1.58 during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 37.6% versus last year to $2.29.

The company has beaten estimates the last two quarters and is coming off a quarter where it topped the forecasts by 93 cents, reporting profit of $1.63 per share against a mean estimate of net income of 70 cents. In the second quarter, the company exceeded forecasts by $1.01 with profit of 93 cents versus a mean estimate of net loss of 8 cents. Analysts are projecting a decline of 1.9% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $1.02 billion.

Competitors to Watch: Intl. Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM), Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE:RHT), EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC), Oracle Corporation (NASDAQ:ORCL), Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ), WidePoint Corporation (AMEX:WYY), Computer Sciences Corp. (NYSE:CSC), SAP AG (NYSE:SAP), and Dell Inc. (NASDAQ:DELL).

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