3 Financial Stocks With Increasing Trader Activity Ahead of Earnings

StanCorp Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE:SFG) will unveil its latest earnings on Monday, January 30, 2012. The average estimate of analysts is for net income of 79 cents per share, a decline of 30.7% 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 moved down. It has risen from 78 cents during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 33.8% versus last year to $3.11.

The company topped estimates last quarter after missing forecasts the quarter prior. In the third quarter, it reported profit of 96 cents per share against a mean estimate of net income of 66 cents per share. In the second quarter, it missed forecasts by 41 cents. Analysts are projecting a rise of 0.1% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $710.7 million.

Competitors to Watch: MetLife, Inc. (NYSE:MET), CNO Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE:CNO), Protective Life Corp. (NYSE:PL), Independence Holding Co. (NYSE:IHC), Kansas City Life Insurance Co (NASDAQ:KCLI), Lincoln National Corp. (NYSE:LNC), Presidential Life Corp (NASDAQ:PLFE), Delphi Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE:DFG), Torchmark Corporation (NYSE:TMK), and Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYSE:PRU).

Acxiom Corp (NASDAQ:ACXM) will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, January 31, 2012. The average estimate of analysts is for profit of 21 cents per share, a decline of 16% 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. For the year, analysts are projecting net income of 76 cents per share, a rise of 11.8% from last year.

The company topped forecasts last quarter after being in line with estimates the quarter prior. In the second quarter, it reported profit of 19 cents per share versus a mean estimate of 17 cents. Two quarters ago, it reported net income of 13 cents per share. Analysts are projecting a rise of 2.7% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $307.2 million.

Competitors to Watch: TeleTech Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTEC), CSG Systems Intl., Inc. (NASDAQ:CSGS), Teradata Corporation (NYSE:TDC), Convergys Corporation (NYSE:CVG), EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC), Intl. Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM), RightNow Technologies (NASDAQ:RNOW), Computer Sciences Corp. (NYSE:CSC), Syntel, Inc. (NASDAQ:SYNT), and Edgewater Technology Inc. (NASDAQ:EDGW).

Reinsurance Group of America (NYSE:RGA) will unveil its latest earnings on Monday, January 30, 2012. The average estimate of analysts is for net income of $1.84 per share, a decline of 14.4% 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 $1.85. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has been unchanged at $1.84 during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting profit of $7.20 per share, a rise of 6.7% from last year.

The company topped estimates last quarter after missing forecasts the quarter prior. In the third quarter, it reported net income of $2.04 per share against a mean estimate of profit of $1.87 per share. In the second quarter, it missed forecasts by 10 cents. On average, analysts predict $2.31 billion in revenue this quarter, a rise of 1.8% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $8.74 billion for the year, a rise of 5.8% from last year’s revenue of $8.26 billion.

Competitors to Watch: American Independence Corp. (NASDAQ:AMIC), Transatlantic Hldgs., Inc. (NYSE:TRH), PartnerRe Ltd. (NYSE:PRE), Everest Re Group, Ltd. (NYSE:RE).

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