4 Consumer Stocks Traders are Cautiously Watching Ahead of Earnings

Harley-Davidson, Inc. (NYSE:HOG) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, April 25, 2012. The average analyst estimate is for profit of 72 cents per share, a rise of 41.2% from the company’s actual earnings for the year-ago quarter. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved up from 63 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved up. It has risen from 70 cents during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 18% versus last year to $2.75.

The company’s quarterly results have come in above estimates for the last three quarters. Last quarter, the company booked net income of 24 cents per share versus a mean estimate of profit of 22 cents per share. Analysts predict a rise of 15.1% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $1.22 billion.

Crocs, Inc. (NASDAQ:CROX) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, April 25, 2012. The average analyst estimate is for net income of 26 cents per share, a rise of 8.3% from the company’s actual earnings for the year-ago quarter. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved down from 30 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has been unchanged at 26 cents during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting profit of $1.43 per share, a rise of 15.3% from last year.

The company has beaten estimates the last four quarters and is coming off a quarter where it topped forecasts by 2 cents, reporting net income of 6 cents per share against a mean estimate of profit of 4 cents per share. On average, analysts predict $266.7 million in revenue this quarter, a rise of 17.7% from the year-ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $1.18 billion for the year, a rise of 18% from last year’s revenue of $1 billion.

Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE:LVS) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, April 25, 2012. The average estimate of analysts is for profit of 58 cents per share, a rise of 56.8% 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 56 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate was unchanged. It has risen during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 27.2% versus last year to $2.57.

The company met estimates last quarter after beating the forecasts in the prior two. In the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year, the company reported net income of 57 cents per share versus a mean estimate of profit of 57 cents per share. In the third quarter of the last fiscal year, the company beat estimates by 2 cents. Analysts are projecting a rise of 21.8% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $2.57 billion.

Wyndham Worldwide Corp (NYSE:WYN) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, April 25, 2012. The average analyst estimate is for profit of 55 cents per share, a rise of 25% from the company’s actual earnings for the year-ago quarter. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved down from 56 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has been unchanged at 55 cents during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 19.3% compared to last year’s $2.97.

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 47 cents per share against a mean estimate of profit of 43 cents per share. Analysts are projecting a rise of 5% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $1 billion.

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