5 Tech Stocks in the Investing Spotlight Ahead of Earnings

Broadcom Corp (NASDAQ:BRCM) will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, May 1, 2012. The average analyst estimate is for profit of 31 cents per share, a decline of 22.5% from the company’s actual earnings for the year-ago quarter. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved up from 26 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved up. It has been unchanged at 31 cents during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 1.1% versus last year to $1.86.

The company topped estimates last quarter after missing forecasts the quarter prior. In the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year, it reported net income of 45 cents per share against a mean estimate of profit of 40 cents per share. In the third quarter of the last fiscal year, it missed forecasts by 6 cents. Analysts predict a decline of 1.1% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $1.8 billion.

Automatic Data Processing (NASDAQ:ADP) will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, May 1, 2012. The average estimate of analysts is for net income of 91 cents per share, a rise of 7.1% 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 92 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has been unchanged at 91 cents during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting profit of $2.74 per share, a rise of 8.7% from last year.

For the past four quarters, the company has met expectations. Last quarter, the company reported net income of 68 cents per share to fall in step with the mean estimate. On average, analysts predict $2.92 billion in revenue this quarter, a rise of 6.6% from the year-ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $10.68 billion for the year, a rise of 8.1% from last year’s revenue of $9.88 billion.

Fiserv, Inc. (NASDAQ:FISV) will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, May 1, 2012. The average analyst estimate is for net income of $1.15 per share, a rise of 12.7% from the company’s actual earnings for the year-ago quarter. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved down from $1.16. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has been unchanged at $1.15 during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting profit of $5.13 per share, a rise of 12% from last year.

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 $1.27 per share versus a mean estimate of profit of $1.27 per share. In the third quarter of the last fiscal year, the company beat estimates by 2 cents. Analysts are projecting a rise of 3.8% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $1.09 billion.

Motorola Mobility Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:MMI) will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, May 1, 2012. The average estimate of analysts is for net loss of 18 cents per share, a narrower loss from the year-earlier quarter net loss of 22 cents. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved up from a loss of 20 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has risen from a loss of 25 cents during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting net income of 2 cents per share, a spike from a loss of 20 cents last year.

The company fell short of estimates last quarter after topping forecasts the quarter prior. In the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year, it reported profit of 8 cents per share against a mean estimate of 9 cents. Two quarters ago, it beat expectations by 10 cents with 0 cents. Analysts predict a decline of 2.3% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $2.96 billion.

Bankrate Inc. (NYSE:RATE) will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, May 1, 2012. The average estimate of analysts is for profit of 19 cents per share, a swing from a loss of $1.02 in the year-earlier quarter. The average estimate is the same as three months ago. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved up. It has dropped from 20 cents during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting net income of 85 cents per share, a rise of 57.4% from last year.

The company topped forecasts last quarter after being in line with estimates the quarter prior. In the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year, it reported profit of 17 cents per share versus a mean estimate of 14 cents. Two quarters ago, it reported net income of 14 cents per share. Analysts are bullish on Bankrate, as three analysts rate it as a buy, none rate it as a sell and three rate it as a hold.

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