Activision, LinkedIn, Teradata in Trading Spotlight Ahead of Earnings

Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATVI) will unveil its latest earnings on Thursday, February 9, 2012. The average estimate of analysts is for net income of 55 cents per share, a rise of 7.8% 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 53 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved up. It has been unchanged at 55 cents during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting profit of 80 cents per share, a rise of 11.1% from last year.

Last quarter, the company beat estimates by 5 cents, coming in at net income of 6 cents a share versus the estimate of profit of one cent a share. It marked the fourth straight quarter of beating estimates. On average, analysts predict $2.2 billion in revenue this quarter, a decline of 13.7% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $4.28 billion for the year, a decline of 10.8% from last year’s revenue of $4.8 billion.

Competitors to Watch: Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:ERTS), Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTWO), THQ Inc. (NASDAQ:THQI), Nintendo Co., Ltd (NTDOY), Majesco Entertainment Co. (NASDAQ:COOL), KONAMI CORPORATION (NYSE:KNM), Sony Corporation (NYSE:SNE), Silverstar Holdings Ltd. (SSTRF), and Gravity Co., LTD. (NASDAQ:GRVY).

LinkedIn Corporation (NYSE:LNKD) will unveil its latest earnings on Thursday, February 9, 2012. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved down from breaking even. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has been unchanged at a loss of one cent during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 88.2% versus last year to 2 cents.

The company is looking to top estimates for the third straight quarter. Last quarter, it reported a loss of one cent per share against a mean estimate of net loss of 4 cents, and the quarter before, the company exceeded forecasts by 9 cents with profit of 5 cents versus a mean estimate of a loss of 4 cents.

Teradata Corp. (NYSE:TDC) will unveil its latest earnings on Thursday, February 9, 2012. The average estimate of analysts is for net income of 59 cents per share, a rise of 18% 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 was unchanged. It also has not changed during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting profit of $2.15 per share, a rise of 21.5% from last year.

The company is looking to make a streak of three quarters of beating estimates. Last quarter, it beat expectations by reporting net income of 56 cents per share, and the previous quarter, it had profit of 57 cents. On average, analysts predict $639.3 million in revenue this quarter, a rise of 16.7% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $2.34 billion for the year, a rise of 20.6% from last year’s revenue of $1.94 billion.

Competitors to Watch: Intl. Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM), Oracle Corporation (NASDAQ:ORCL), CA, Inc. (NASDAQ:CA), Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), MicroStrategy Incorporated (NASDAQ:MSTR), Progress Software Corp. (NASDAQ:PRGS), SAP AG (NYSE:SAP), Datawatch Corporation (NASDAQ:DWCH), Informatica Corporation (NASDAQ:INFA), and Tibco Software Inc. (NASDAQ:TIBX).

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