Amazon.com and Mattel Shares Active Among Traders Ahead of Earnings

Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, January 31, 2012. The average estimate of analysts is for net income of 16 cents per share, a decline of 82.4% 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 19 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It also has dropped from 17 cents during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting profit of $1.15 per share, a decline of 54.5% from last year.

The company fell short of estimates last quarter after topping forecasts the quarter prior. In the third quarter, it reported net income of 14 cents per share against a mean estimate of 23 cents. Two quarters ago, it beat expectations by one cent with profit of 38 cents. Analysts are projecting a rise of 40.5% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $18.2 billion.

Competitors to Watch: eBay Inc. (NASDAQ:EBAY), Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT), Overstock.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:OSTK), Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG), Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS), Costco Wholesale Corp. (NASDAQ:COST), GSI Commerce, Inc. (NASDAQ:GSIC), Hot Topic, Inc. (NASDAQ:HOTT), PC Mall, Inc. (NASDAQ:MALL), and Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE:BBY).

Mattel, Inc.  (NASDAQ:MAT) will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, January 31, 2012. The average estimate of analysts is for net income of $1.01 per share, a rise of 13.5% 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. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 15.1% versus last year to $2.14.

Last quarter, the company met expectations by reporting profit of 86 cents per share last quarter. In the previous second quarter, the company beat estimates by 7 cents. Analysts are projecting a rise of 5.2% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $2.23 billion.

Competitors to Watch: JAKKS Pacific, Inc. (NASDAQ:JAKK), Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE:HAS), Kid Brands Inc (NYSE:KID), LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE:LF), and Casdon plc (AMEX:CDY).