3 Materials Stocks on Trading Radars Ahead of Earnings

FMC Corp (NYSE:FMC) will unveil its latest earnings on Monday, April 30, 2012. The average analyst estimate is for net income of $1.86 per share, a rise of 24.8% from the company’s actual earnings for the year-ago quarter. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved up from $1.73. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved up. It has risen from $1.85 during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting profit of $6.96 per share, a rise of 16.4% from last year.

The company has beaten estimates the last four quarters and is coming off a quarter where it topped forecasts by 20 cents, reporting net income of $1.58 per share against a mean estimate of profit of $1.38 per share. On average, analysts predict $792.7 million in revenue this quarter, a decline of 0.3% from the year-ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $3.7 billion for the year, a rise of 9.5% from last year’s revenue of $3.38 billion.

LyondellBasell Industries N.V. (NYSE:LYB) will unveil its latest earnings on Monday, April 30, 2012. The average analyst estimate is for profit of $1.04 per share, a decline of 15.4% from the company’s actual earnings for the year-ago quarter. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved up from 96 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved up. It has risen from $1.02 during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 4.9% versus last year to $4.94.

Last quarter, the company missed estimates by 35 cents, coming in at net income of 40 cents per share versus a mean estimate of profit of 75 cents per share. In the third quarter of the last fiscal year, the company beat estimates by 27 cents.Analysts are bullish on this stock, with 10 analysts rating it as a buy, none rating it as a sell and two rating it as a hold.

Wausau Paper Corp. (NYSE:WPP) will unveil its latest earnings on Monday, April 30, 2012. The average estimate of analysts is for profit of 5 cents per share, a rise of 66.7% 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 was unchanged. It also has not changed during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 44% compared to last year’s 36 cents.

The company fell in line with estimates last quarter after missing in the prior quarter. After falling short of the mean estimate by one cent in the third quarter of the last fiscal year, the company fell in line with expectations by reporting net income of 4 cents last quarter. On average, analysts predict $209.6 million in revenue this quarter, a decline of 15.8% from the year-ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $831.3 million for the year, a decline of 19.3% from last year’s revenue of $1.03 billion.