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Snap-on, Inc. (NYSE:SNA) will unveil its latest earnings on Thursday, February 2, 2012. The average estimate of analysts is for profit of $1.17 per share, a rise of 25.8% 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 $4.42 per share, a rise of 41.2% from last year.

The company has beaten estimates the last four quarters and is coming off a quarter where it topped forecasts by 15 cents, reporting profit of $1.16 per share against a mean estimate of net income of $1.01 per share. Analysts are projecting a rise of 7.7% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $750.3 million.

Competitors to Watch: The L.S. Starrett Company (NYSE:SCX), Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. (NYSE:SWK), and P & F Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:PFIN).

International Paper Company (NYSE:IP) will unveil its latest earnings on Thursday, February 2, 2012. The average estimate of analysts is for net income of 61 cents per share, a decline of 10.3% 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 62 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved up. It has dropped from 63 cents during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 49.8% versus last year to $3.07.

Last quarter, the company beat estimates by 12 cents, coming in at profit of 92 cents a share versus the estimate of net income of 80 cents a share. It marked the fourth straight quarter of beating estimates. On average, analysts predict $6.5 billion in revenue this quarter, a decline of 0.5% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $26.19 billion for the year, a rise of 4% from last year’s revenue of $25.18 billion.

Competitors to Watch: Clearwater Paper Corp (NYSE:CLW), P.H. Glatfelter Company (NYSE:GLT), Wausau Paper Corp. (NYSE:WPP), MeadWestvaco Corp. (NYSE:MWV), KapStone Paper and Packaging Corp. (NYSE:KS), Boise Inc. (NYSE:BZ), Buckeye Technologies Inc. (NYSE:BKI), Fibria Celulose S.A. (NYSE:FBR), and Domtar Corp. (NYSE:UFS).

Roper Industries, Inc. (NYSE:ROP) will unveil its latest earnings on Thursday, February 2, 2012. The average estimate of analysts is for profit of $1.21 per share, a rise of 10% 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 $4.32 per share, a rise of 28.2% from last year.

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 $1.12 per share against a mean estimate of net income of $1.08 per share. Analysts are projecting a rise of 11.9% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $760.4 million.

Competitors to Watch: Danaher Corporation (NYSE:DHR), ESCO Technologies Inc. (NYSE:ESE), AMETEK, Inc. (NYSE:AME), Emerson Electric Co. (NYSE:EMR), Badger Meter, Inc. (NYSE:BMI), Cognex Corporation (NASDAQ:CGNX), Luna Innovations Inc. (NASDAQ:LUNA), Hurco Companies, Inc. (NASDAQ:HURC), Electro-Sensors, Inc. (NASDAQ:ELSE), and Schmitt Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:SMIT).

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