Aetna and Las Vegas Sands Shares Generate Demand as Earnings Approach

Aetna, Inc. (NYSE:AET) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, February 1, 2012. The average estimate of analysts is for net income of 98 cents per share, a rise of 55.6% 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 88 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved up. It has risen from 96 cents during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting profit of $5.16 per share, a rise of 40.2% from last year.

Last quarter, the company beat estimates by 26 cents, coming in at net income of $1.40 a share versus the estimate of profit of $1.14 a share. It marked the fourth straight quarter of beating estimates. Analysts are projecting a decline of 0.2% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $8.49 billion.

Competitors to Watch: UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE:UNH), Health Net, Inc. (NYSE:HNT), Coventry Health Care, Inc. (NYSE:CVH), WellPoint, Inc. (NYSE:WLP), CIGNA Corporation (NYSE:CI), WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE:WCG), Humana Inc. (NYSE:HUM), Centene Corporation (NYSE:CNC), HealthSpring, Inc (NYSE:HS), and Universal American Corp. (NYSE:UAM).

Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE:LVS) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, February 1, 2012. The average estimate of analysts is for profit of 56 cents per share, a rise of 33.3% 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 54 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved up. It has been unchanged at 56 cents during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting net income of $1.98 per share, a rise of more than twofold from last year.

The company is looking to beat analyst estimates for the third quarter in a row. Last quarter, it beat estimates with profit of 55 cents per share against the mean estimate of 53 cents. In the prior quarter, the company reported net income of 54 cents. Analysts are projecting a rise of 21.8% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $2.46 billion.

Competitors to Watch: MGM Resorts International. (NYSE:MGM), Wynn Resorts, Limited (NASDAQ:WYNN), Melco Crown Entertainment Ltd (NASDAQ:MPEL), Boyd Gaming Corporation (NYSE:BYD), Century Casinos, Inc. (NASDAQ:CNTY), and Ameristar Casinos, Inc. (NASDAQ:ASCA).