2 Tech Titan Stocks in High Demand Before Earnings

eBay, Inc. (NASDAQ:EBAY) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, October 19, 2011. The average estimate of analysts is for profit of 40 cents per share, a rise of 14.3% 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 41 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has been unchanged at 40 cents during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting net income of $1.70 per share, a rise of 13.3% from last year.

Last quarter, the company topped estimates by 0 cents, coming in at profit of 40 cents per share against a mean estimate of net income of 39 cents. The company fell in line with estimates in the first quarter. On average, analysts predict $2.91 billion in revenue this quarter, a rise of 29.3% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $11.51 billion for the year, a rise of 25.7% from last year’s revenue of $9.16 billion.

Competitors to Watch: Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN), GSI Commerce, Inc. (NASDAQ:GSIC), Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG), Overstock.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:OSTK), Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT) and Target (NYSE:TGT).

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Apple, Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, October 18, 2011. The average estimate of analysts is for net income of $7.22 per share, a rise of 55.6% 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 $6.35. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved up. It has risen from $7.01 during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting profit of $27.74 per share, a rise of 83.1% from last year.

The company has beaten estimates the last four quarters and is coming off a quarter where it topped forecasts by $1.98, reporting net income of $7.79 per share against a mean estimate of profit of $5.81 per share. On average, analysts predict $29.24 billion in revenue this quarter, a rise of 43.8% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $108.98 billion for the year, a rise of 67.1% from last year’s revenue of $65.22 billion.

Competitors to Watch: Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ), Dell Inc. (NASDAQ:DELL), Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG), Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX), Adobe Systems Incorporated (NASDAQ:ADBE), Intl. Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM), Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC), Research in Motion (NASDAQ:RIMM), Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN) and Nokia Corporation (NYSE:NOK).

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