Baidu.com, Inc. Fourth Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

Baidu.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:BIDU) will unveil its latest earnings on Thursday, February 16, 2012. Baidu.com is a Chinese language Internet search provider.

Baidu.com, Inc. Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for net income of 90 cents per share, a rise of 80% 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 89 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate was unchanged. It has risen during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 93.5% versus last year to $2.96. Past

Earnings Performance: The company has beaten estimates the last four quarters and is coming off a quarter where it topped forecasts by one cent, reporting profit of 84 cents per share against a mean estimate of net income of 83 cents per share.

Investing Insights: Will the iPad 3 Be the Next Catalyst for Apple’s Stock? Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts are projecting a rise of 88.6% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $700.3 million. Analyst Ratings: Analysts are bullish on this stock, with 15 analysts rating it as a buy, none rating it as a sell and two rating it as a hold.

A Look Back: In the third quarter, profit rose 88.4% to $294.7 million (84 cents a share) from $156.4 million (45 cents a share) the year earlier, exceeding analyst expectations. Revenue rose 93.9% to $653.9 million from $337.1 million.

Key Stats: Revenue has gone up for three straight quarters. It rose 87.1% in the second quarter from the year earlier and 96.3% in the first quarter.

Stock Price Performance: Between December 13, 2011 and February 10, 2012, the stock price had risen $14.37 (11.8%), from $122.22 to $136.59. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between June 24, 2011 and July 5, 2011, when shares rose for seven straight days, increasing 13.4% (+$17.19) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between September 14, 2011 and September 22, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight days, dropping 16.5% (-$24.30) over that span.

(Company fundamentals by Xignite Financials. Earnings estimates provided by Zacks)

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