5 Spotlight Stocks Ready to SHINE or ROAST as Earnings Arrive at the Bell

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. (NASDAQ:GMCR) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, August 1, 2012. The average estimate of analysts is for net income of 49 cents per share, no change 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 72 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has been unchanged at 49 cents during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 44.5% versus last year to $2.37.

Last quarter, the company met expectations by reporting profit of 64 cents per share last quarter. In the previous first quarter, the company beat estimates by 24 cents. Analysts are projecting a rise of 21.8% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $873.8 million.

First Solar (NASDAQ:FSLR) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, August 1, 2012. The average estimate of analysts is for profit of 91 cents per share, a rise of 30% 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 71 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved up. It has dropped from 93 cents during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 34.6% compared to last year’s $3.93.

The company enters this earnings report having missed estimates the last four quarters. Last quarter, the company fell short of expectations by 56 cents, reporting a loss of of 8 cents per share against a mean estimate of net income of 48 cents per share. On average, analysts predict $817.6 million in revenue this quarter, a rise of 53.5% from the year-ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $3.47 billion for the year, a rise of 25.3% from last year’s revenue of $2.77 billion.

Tesoro Corporation (NYSE:TSO) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, August 3, 2011. The average estimate of analysts is for profit of $1.32 per share, a rise of more than fourfold 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 89 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved up, and has risen from $1.21 during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting net income of $3.28 per share, a swing from net loss of 28 cents last year.

The company topped estimates last quarter after missing forecasts the quarter prior. In the first quarter, it reported profit of 74 cents per share against a mean estimate of net income of 61 cents per share. In the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year, it missed forecasts by 6 cents. On average, analysts predict $7.2 billion in revenue this quarter, a rise of 40.1% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $25.88 billion for the year, a rise of 25.8% from last year’s revenue of $20.58 billion.

MetLife (NYSE:MET) will unveil its latest earnings tomorrow, Wednesday, August 1, 2012. The average analyst estimate is for profit of $1.25 per share, a rise of 0.8% from the company’s actual earnings for the year-ago quarter. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved down from $1.26. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved up. It has dropped from $1.27 during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 3.2% compared to last year’s $5.18.

Last quarter, the company beat estimates by 6 cents, coming in at net income of $1.37 a share versus the estimate of profit of $1.31 a share. It marked the fourth straight quarter of beating estimates. Analysts are projecting a rise of 0.6% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $16.98 billion.

Hartford Finl Svcs (NYSE:HIG) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, August 1, 2012. The average estimate of analysts is for net income of 49 cents per share after the company broke even in the year-earlier quarter. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved down from 78 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It also has dropped from 76 cents during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 73.7% compared to last year’s $3.37.

The company is looking to beat analyst estimates for the third quarter in a row. Last quarter, it beat estimates with profit of $1.25 per share against the mean estimate of 93 cents. In the prior quarter, the company reported net income of 69 cents. On average, analysts predict $7.89 billion in revenue this quarter, a rise of 46.1% from the year-ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $24.88 billion for the year, a rise of 13.8% from last year’s revenue of $21.87 billion.

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