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American Express Company (NYSE:AXP) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, October 19, 2011. The average estimate of analysts is for profit of 96 cents per share, a rise of 6.7% 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 97 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has been unchanged at 96 cents during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting net income of $3.98 per share, a rise of 16.7% from last year.

Last quarter, the company beat estimates by 9 cents, coming in at profit of $1.07 a share versus the estimate of net income of 98 cents a share. It marked the fourth straight quarter of beating estimates. On average, analysts predict $7.58 billion in revenue this quarter, a rise of 7.8% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $30.02 billion for the year, a rise of 7.9% from last year’s revenue of $27.82 billion.

Competitors to Watch: Discover Financial Services (NYSE:DFS), Capital One Financial Corp. (NYSE:COF), Bank of America Corp. (NYSE:BAC), Visa Inc. (NYSE:V), MasterCard Incorporated (NYSE:MA), Citigroup Inc. (NYSE:C), JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM), SLM Corporation (NYSE:SLM), First Investors Financial Services Group (FIFS), and CompuCredit Holdings Corp (NASDAQ:CCRT).

The Travelers Companies, Inc. (AMEX:TRV) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, October 19, 2011. The average estimate of analysts is for net income of 99 cents per share, a decline of 45.3% 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 $1.37. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It also has dropped from $1.36 during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 41.9% versus last year to $3.64.

The company missed estimates last quarter after beating forecasts in the prior two. In the second quarter, the company reported net loss of 91 cents per share versus a mean estimate of a loss of 62 cents per share. In the first quarter, the company beat estimates by 35 cents. Analysts are projecting a rise of 2.2% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $5.58 billion.

Competitors to Watch: American Financial Group (NYSE:AFG), White Mountains Insurance Group, Ltd. (NYSE:WTM), RLI Corp. (NYSE:RLI), The Chubb Corporation (NYSE:CB), W.R. Berkley Corporation (NYSE:WRB), CNA Financial Corporation (NYSE:CNA), XL Group plc (NYSE:XL), HCC Insurance Hldgs., Inc. (NYSE:HCC), and Markel Corporation (NYSE:MKL).

United Technologies Corp (NYSE:UTX) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, October 19, 2011. The average estimate of analysts is for net income of $1.45 per share, a rise of 4.3% 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 $1.44. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved up. It has been unchanged at $1.45 during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 8.6% versus last year to $5.45.

The company has beaten estimates the last four quarters and is coming off a quarter where it topped forecasts by 4 cents, reporting profit of $1.45 per share against a mean estimate of net income of $1.41 per share. Analysts are projecting a rise of 7.5% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $14.55 billion.

Competitors to Watch: Honeywell Intl. Inc. (NYSE:HON), General Electric Company (NYSE:GE), The Boeing Company (NYSE:BA), Goodrich Corporation (NYSE:GR), Northrop Grumman Corp. (NYSE:NOC), Triumph Group, Inc. (NYSE:TGI), Esterline Tech. Corp. (NYSE:ESL), Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT), Rolls-Royce Group plc (RYCEY), and Zardoya Otis SA (ZOT).

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