A Newspaper and Movie Company to Analyze Before Earnings

The Washington Post Company (NYSE:WPO) will unveil its latest earnings on Friday, November 4, 2011. The average estimate of analysts is for profit of $3.85 per share, a decline of 68.1% 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 $5.26. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has been unchanged at $3.85 during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting net income of $15.59 per share, a decline of 58.1% from last year. Last quarter, the company came in at profit of $5.92 per share against a mean estimate of net income of $5.87 per share, beating estimates after missing them in the previous quarter. In the first quarter, it missed forecasts by 5 cents.

On average, analysts predict $1 billion in revenue this quarter, a decline of 16% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $4.21 billion for the year, a decline of 10.8% from last year’s revenue of $4.72 billion.

Competitors to Watch: Career Education Corp. (NASDAQ:CECO), The Princeton Review, Inc (NASDAQ:REVU), Apollo Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:APOL), DeVry Inc. (NYSE:DV), Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE:GCI), Grand Canyon Education Inc (NASDAQ:LOPE), Corinthian Colleges, Inc. (NASDAQ:COCO), National American Univ. Hldgs., Inc. (NASDAQ:NAUH), Strayer Education, Inc. (NASDAQ:STRA), and Bridgepoint Education, Inc. (NYSE:BPI).

Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CNK) will unveil its latest earnings on Friday, November 4, 2011. The average estimate of analysts is for net income of 41 cents per share, a rise of 41.4% from the company’s actual earnings for the same quarter a year ago. The average estimate is the same as three months ago. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has risen from 40 cents during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 6.2% versus last year to $1.37.

Last quarter, the company missed estimates by 3 cents, coming in at profit of 38 cents per share versus a mean estimate of net income of 41 cents per share. In the first quarter, the company beat estimates by 10 cents. On average, analysts predict $617.2 million in revenue this quarter, a rise of 10.2% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $2.31 billion for the year, a rise of 7.9% from last year’s revenue of $2.14 billion.

Competitors to Watch: Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE:RGC), Carmike Cinemas, Inc. (NASDAQ:CKEC), The Marcus Corporation (NYSE:MCS), Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX), Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN) and Reading Intl., Inc. (NASDAQ:RDI).