3 Stocks Pushing Upward Ahead of Earnings Releases

General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) will unveil its latest earnings on Thursday, February 16, 2012. The average estimate of analysts is for profit of 42 cents per share, a decline of 19.2% 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 45 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved up. It has dropped from 46 cents during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 29% versus last year to $3.91.

Last quarter, the company beat estimates by 4 cents, coming in at net income of $1.03 a share versus the estimate of profit of 99 cents a share. It marked the fourth straight quarter of beating estimates. On average, analysts predict $38.21 billion in revenue this quarter, a rise of 3.6% from the year-ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $149.98 billion for the year, a rise of 11% from last year’s revenue of $135.14 billion.

Competitors to Watch: Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F), Toyota Motor Corp. (NYSE:TM), HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD. (NYSE:HMC), Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA), Tata Motors Limited (NYSE:TTM), Spartan Motors, Inc. (NASDAQ:SPAR), and Federal Signal Corporation (NYSE:FSS).

DIRECTV (NASDAQ:DTV) will unveil its latest earnings on Thursday, February 16, 2012. The average analyst estimate is for net income of 90 cents per share, a rise of 21.6% from the company’s actual earnings for the year-ago quarter. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved up from 87 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved up. It has risen from 88 cents during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 36.3% compared to last year’s $3.38.

Last quarter, the company missed estimates by 3 cents, coming in at profit of 70 cents per share versus a mean estimate of net income of 73 cents per share. In the second quarter, the company beat estimates by 6 cents. Analysts are projecting a rise of 11.9% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $7.41 billion.

Competitors to Watch: Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA), Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE:TWC), Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE:CVC), Time Warner Inc. (NYSE:TWX), The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS), CBS Corporation (NYSE:CBS), Mediacom Communications Corp. (NASDAQ:MCCC), News Corporation (NASDAQ:NWSA), Liberty Global Inc. (NASDAQ:LBTYA), Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:CHTR), Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX), TiVo (NASDAQ:TIVO), DirectTV (NASDAQ:DTV), Dish Network (NASDAQ:DISH) and Entravision Communication (NYSE:EVC).

VF Corp (NYSE:VFC) will unveil its latest earnings on Thursday, February 16, 2012. The average analyst estimate is for profit of $2.30 per share, a rise of 29.2% from the company’s actual earnings for the year-ago quarter. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved down from $2.33. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It also has dropped from $2.32 during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 27% compared to last year’s $8.18.

Last quarter, the company beat estimates by 32 cents, coming in at net income of $2.87 a share versus the estimate of profit of $2.55 a share. It marked the fourth straight quarter of beating estimates. On average, analysts predict $2.89 billion in revenue this quarter, a rise of 35.7% from the year-ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $9.43 billion for the year, a rise of 22.5% from last year’s revenue of $7.7 billion.

Competitors to Watch: Gap (NYSE:GPS), Sears Holdings (NASDAQ:SHLD), Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT), Target (NYSE:TGT), Urban Outfitters (NASDAQ:URBN), Abercrombie & Fitch (NYSE:ANF), American Eagle Outfitters (NYSE:AEO), Aeropostale (NYSE:ARO), J.C. Penney (NYSE:JCP), Saks (NYSE:SKS), Macy’s (NYSE:M), Dillard’s (NYSE:DDS), Nordstrom (NYSE:JWN), True Religion Apparel, Inc. (NASDAQ:TRLG), Cherokee Inc. (NASDAQ:CHKE), and The Warnaco Group, Inc. (NYSE:WRC).

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