5 Spotlight Stocks Ready to Release Earnings Now

Gilead Sciences (NASDAQ:GILD) will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, October 23, 2012. The average analyst estimate is for net income of 90 cents per share, a decline of 7.2% from the company’s actual earnings for the year-ago quarter. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved down from 91 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has risen from 89 cents during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting profit of $3.41 per share, a decline of 6.8% from last year.

The company beat estimates last quarter after falling short in the prior two. In the second quarter, the company reported net income of 94 cents per share versus a mean estimate of profit of 92 cents per share. In the first quarter, the company missed estimates by 31 cents. Analysts predict a rise of 10.4% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $2.34 billion.

Amgen (NASDAQ:AMGN) will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, October 23, 2012. The average analyst estimate is for profit of $1.43 per share, a rise of 3.6% from the company’s actual earnings for the year-ago quarter. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved down from $1.52. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has been unchanged at $1.43 during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting net income of $6.22 per share, a rise of 18.7% from last year.

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The company is looking to beat analyst estimates for the third quarter in a row. Last quarter, it beat estimates with profit of $1.82 per share against the mean estimate of $1.51. In the prior quarter, the company reported net income of $1.59. Analysts predict a rise of 7.9% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $4.25 billion.

Norfolk Southern (NYSE:NSC) will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, October 23, 2012. The average analyst estimate is for profit of $1.23 per share, a decline of 22.6% from the company’s actual earnings for the year-ago quarter. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved down from $1.64. 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 3.6% compared to last year’s $5.43.

The company is looking to beat analyst estimates for the third quarter in a row. Last quarter, it beat estimates with net income of $1.60 per share against the mean estimate of $1.53. In the prior quarter, the company reported profit of $1.23. Analysts are projecting a decline of 6.2% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $2.71 billion.

CH Robinson Worldwide (NASDAQ:CHRW) will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, October 23, 2012. The average analyst estimate is for profit of 73 cents per share, a rise of 4.3% from the company’s actual earnings for the year-ago quarter. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved down from 76 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has been unchanged at 73 cents during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting net income of $2.81 per share, a rise of 7.3% from last year.

The company has fallen in line with estimates the last two quarters. In the second quarter, it reported profit of 71 cents per share and two quarters ago booked net income of 65 cents. Analysts predict a rise of 10% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $2.96 billion.

Buffalo Wild Wings (NASDAQ:BWLD) will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, October 23, 2012. The average estimate of analysts is for net income of 60 cents per share, a decline of 1.6% 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 63 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has been unchanged at 60 cents during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 16.8% versus last year to $3.19.

The company missed estimates last quarter after beating forecasts in the prior two. In the second quarter, the company reported profit of 62 cents per share versus a mean estimate of net income of 68 cents per share. In the first quarter, the company beat estimates by 3 cents. Analysts are projecting a rise of 28.5% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $254 million.

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