3 Stocks Building Demand Among Traders Before Earnings

Baker Hughes, Inc. (NYSE:BHI) will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, January 24, 2012. The average estimate of analysts is for profit of $1.33 per share, a rise of 58.3% 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 $1.34 during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting net income of $4.31 per share, a rise of 88.2% from last year.

Last quarter, the company missed estimates by 3 cents, coming in at profit of $1.18 per share versus a mean estimate of net income of $1.21 per share. In the second quarter, the company beat estimates by 2 cents. Analysts are projecting a rise of 23.8% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $5.47 billion.

Competitors to Watch: National-Oilwell Varco, Inc. (NYSE:NOV), Weatherford Intl. Ltd. (NYSE:WFT), Newpark Resources, Inc. (NYSE:NR), Halliburton Company (NYSE:HAL), Flotek Industries, Inc. (NYSE:FTK), Oil States Intl., Inc. (NYSE:OIS), Schlumberger Limited. (NYSE:SLB), Bolt Technology Corp. (NASDAQ:BOLT), Cameron Intl. Corp. (NYSE:CAM), and Lufkin Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:LUFK).

Peabody Energy Corp (NYSE:BTU) will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, January 24, 2012. The average estimate of analysts is for profit of $1.31 per share, a rise of 54.1% 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 $1.30. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved up. It has dropped from $1.33 during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 30.2% versus last year to $3.97.

Last quarter, the company missed estimates by 2 cents, coming in at net income of 87 cents per share versus a mean estimate of profit of 89 cents per share. In the second quarter, the company beat estimates by 7 cents. Analysts are projecting a rise of 28.6% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $2.34 billion.

Competitors to Watch: Arch Coal, Inc. (NYSE:ACI), CONSOL Energy Inc. (NYSE:CNX), Massey Energy Company (NYSE:MEE), Alpha Natural Resources, Inc. (NYSE:ANR), Patriot Coal Corporation (NYSE:PCX), Intl. Coal Group, Inc. (NYSE:ICO), Alliance Holdings GP, L.P. (NASDAQ:AHGP), Walter Energy, Inc. (NYSE:WLT), Oxford Resource Partners, LP (NYSE:OXF), and James River Coal Company (NASDAQ:JRCC).

Kimberly-Clark Corp (NYSE:KMB) will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, January 24, 2012. The average estimate of analysts is for net income of $1.29 per share, a rise of 7.5% 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 $1.31. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has been unchanged at $1.29 during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting profit of $4.82 per share, a rise of 3% from last year.

Last quarter, the company met expectations by reporting net income of $1.26 per share last quarter. In the previous second quarter, the company beat estimates by 3 cents. Analysts are projecting a rise of 2.8% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $5.22 billion.

Competitors to Watch: The Procter & Gamble Co. (NYSE:PG), Cardinal Health, Inc. (NYSE:CAH), Church & Dwight (NYSE:CHD), Colgate-Palmolive (NYSE:CL), Clorox (NYSE:CLX), Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ), Zep (NYSE:ZEP) and Avon Products (NYSE:AVP).