3 Tech Stocks Driving Trading Chatter Ahead of Earnings

Intel Corp (NASDAQ:INTC) will unveil its latest earnings on Thursday, January 19, 2012. The average estimate of analysts is for profit of 61 cents per share, a rise of 3.4% 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 64 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It also has dropped from 62 cents during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 15.6% versus last year to $2.37.

The company has beaten estimates the last four quarters and is coming off a quarter where it topped forecasts by 4 cents, reporting net income of 65 cents per share against a mean estimate of profit of 61 cents per share. On average, analysts predict $13.72 billion in revenue this quarter, a rise of 19.7% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $53.84 billion for the year, a rise of 23.4% from last year’s revenue of $43.62 billion.

Competitors to Watch: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE:AMD), Texas Instruments Inc. (NYSE:TXN), Intl. Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM), Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA), Oracle Corporation (NASDAQ:ORCL), Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:MU), ARM Holdings plc (NASDAQ:ARMH), and QUALCOMM, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM).

International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM) will unveil its latest earnings on Thursday, January 19, 2012. The average estimate of analysts is for net income of $4.62 per share, a rise of 10.5% 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 $4.63. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate was unchanged. It has since dropped over the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 16.1% versus last year to $13.37.

Last quarter, the company beat estimates by 6 cents, coming in at profit of $3.28 a share versus the estimate of net income of $3.22 a share. It marked the fourth straight quarter of beating estimates. On average, analysts predict $29.74 billion in revenue this quarter, a rise of 2.5% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $107.15 billion for the year, a rise of 7.3% from last year’s revenue of $99.87 billion.

Competitors to Watch: Oracle Corporation (NASDAQ:ORCL), Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ), Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO), Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC), Dell Inc. (NASDAQ:DELL), Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC), SAP AG (NYSE:SAP), and Sybase, Inc. (SY).

Fairchild Semiconductor International (NYSE:FCS) will unveil its latest earnings on Thursday, January 19, 2012. The average estimate of analysts is for net income of 16 cents per share, a decline of 64.4% 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 17 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has been unchanged at 16 cents during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 13.2% versus last year to $1.31.

Last quarter, the company beat estimates by 2 cents, coming in at profit of 34 cents a share versus the estimate of net income of 32 cents a share. It marked the fourth straight quarter of beating estimates. On average, analysts predict $358.9 million in revenue this quarter, a decline of 9.8% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $1.61 billion for the year, a rise of 0.6% from last year’s revenue of $1.6 billion.

Competitors to Watch: ON Semiconductor Corp. (NASDAQ:ONNN), National Semicond. Corp. (NYSE:NSM), Texas Instruments Inc. (NYSE:TXN), Intersil Corporation (NASDAQ:ISIL), Diodes Incorporated (NASDAQ:DIOD), STMicroelectronics N.V. (NYSE:STM), Infineon Tech. AG (IFNNY), Microsemi Corporation (NASDAQ:MSCC), Maxim Integrated Products Inc. (NASDAQ:MXIM), and Analog Devices, Inc. (NYSE:ADI).