Aon Corp Third Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component Aon Corp (NYSE:AON) will unveil its latest earnings on Friday, October 28, 2011. Aon provides risk management and human capital consulting services, including insurance and reinsurance brokerage and workforce productivity solutions.

Aon Corp Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for profit of 73 cents per share, a rise of 19.7% 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 74 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has been unchanged at 73 cents during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 8.7% versus last year to $3.39.

Past Earnings Performance: Last quarter, the company topped estimates by 0 cents, coming in at net income of 83 cents per share against a mean estimate of profit of 82 cents. The company fell in line with estimates in the first quarter.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: On average, analysts predict $2.66 billion in revenue this quarter, a rise of 47.8% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $11.21 billion for the year, a rise of 31.7% from last year’s revenue of $8.51 billion.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts are bullish on this stock with 12 analysts rating it as a buy, none rating it as a sell and four rating it as a hold.

A Look Back: In the second quarter, profit rose 68.6% to $258 million (75 cents a share) from $153 million (54 cents a share) the year earlier, exceeding analyst expectations. Revenue rose 46.5% to $2.79 billion from $1.9 billion.

Key Stats:

The company has seen net income rise in three straight quarters. Net income rose 38.2% in the first quarter and 16.7% in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year.

Revenue has gone up for three straight quarters. It rose 45.3% in the first quarter from the year earlier and 40.5% in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year.

Competitors to Watch: Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. (NYSE:AJG), Brown & Brown, Inc. (NYSE:BRO), Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. (NYSE:MMC), Willis Group Holdings PLC (NYSE:WSH), CNinsure Inc. (NASDAQ:CISG), Fortegra Financial Corp (NYSE:FRF), InsWeb Corporation (NASDAQ:INSW), eHealth, Inc. (NASDAQ:EHTH), and American Insurance Group (NYSE:AIG).

Stock Price Performance: During September 26, 2011 to October 24, 2011, the stock price had risen $9.44 (23.2%) from $40.74 to $50.18. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between February 3, 2011 and February 18, 2011 when shares rose for 12-straight days, rising 14.7% (+$6.75) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between January 5, 2011 and January 13, 2011 when shares fell for seven-straight days, falling 2.6% (-$1.16) over that span. Shares are up $4.46 (+9.8%) year to date.

(Source: Xignite Financials)

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