3 Popular Stocks on Trading and Investing Radars Ahead of Earnings

The J.M. Smucker Company (NYSE:SJM) will unveil its latest earnings on Thursday, November 17, 2011. The average estimate of analysts is for net income of $1.40 per share, a rise of 1.4% 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 $1.44. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has been unchanged at $1.40 during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 9.2% versus last year to $5.12.

Last quarter, the company beat estimates by 4 cents, coming in at profit of $1.12 a share versus the estimate of net income of $1.08 a share. It marked the fourth straight quarter of beating estimates. On average, analysts predict $1.49 billion in revenue this quarter, a rise of 16.4% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $5.61 billion for the year, a rise of 16.1% from last year’s revenue of $4.83 billion.

Competitors to Watch: TreeHouse Foods Inc. (NYSE:THS), Ralcorp Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:RAH), The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAIN), General Mills, Inc. (NYSE:GIS), ConAgra Foods, Inc. (NYSE:CAG), B&G Foods, Inc. (NYSE:BGS), Farmer Brothers Co. (NASDAQ:FARM), Lancaster Colony Corp. (NASDAQ:LANC), Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. (NASDAQ:GMCR), and H.J. Heinz Company (NYSE:HNZ).

 Intuit, Inc. (NASDAQ:INTU) will unveil its latest earnings on Thursday, November 17, 2011. The average estimate of analysts is for a loss of 20 cents per share, a wider loss from the year earlier quarter net loss of 19 cents. 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 profit of $2.57 per share, a rise of 18.4% from last year.

Last quarter, the company fell short of estimates by 4 cents, coming in at net loss of 11 cents per share against a mean estimate of a loss of 10 cents. The company topped expectations in the third quarter of the last fiscal year. On average, analysts predict $580.7 million in revenue this quarter, a rise of 9.1% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $4.23 billion for the year, a rise of 9.9% from last year’s revenue of $3.85 billion.

Competitors to Watch: Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), H&R Block, Inc. (NYSE:HRB), Fiserv, Inc. (NASDAQ:FISV), NetSuite Inc. (NYSE:N), salesforce.com, inc. (NYSE:CRM), Nuance Communications Inc. (NASDAQ:NUAN), Fidelity National Information Services (NYSE:FIS), Paychex, Inc. (NASDAQ:PAYX), Automatic Data Processing (NASDAQ:ADP), and Oracle Corporation (NASDAQ:ORCL).

Williams-Sonoma, Inc. (NYSE:WSM) will unveil its latest earnings on Thursday, November 17, 2011. The average estimate of analysts is for net income of 38 cents per share, a rise of 8.6% 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 profit of $2.22 per share, a rise of 13.8% from last year.

Last quarter, the company beat estimates by one cent, coming in at net income of 37 cents a share versus the estimate of profit of 36 cents a share. It marked the fourth straight quarter of beating estimates. Analysts are projecting a rise of 5% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $856.2 million.

Competitors to Watch: Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (NASDAQ:BBBY), Pier one Imports, Inc. (NYSE:PIR), Kirkland’s, Inc. (NASDAQ:KIRK), Cost Plus, Inc. (NASDAQ:CPWM), Haverty Furniture Companies, Inc. (NYSE:HVT), Italtile Limited (NYSE:ITE), Macy’s (NYSE:M) and Nordstrom’s (NYSE:JWN).

 

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