Bankrate Inc. Fourth Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

Bankrate Inc. (NYSE:RATE) will report its fourth quarter earnings on Monday, February 6, 2011. Bankrate Inc. is a publisher, aggregator and distributor of personal finance content on the Internet. The Company provides consumers independent and objective personal finance editorial content across multiple vertical categories including mortgages, deposits, insurance, credit cards, and other categories, such as retirement, automobile loans, and taxes.

Bankrate Inc. Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for net income of 14 cents a share. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved down from 15 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate was unchanged. It has since dropped over the last month.

Wall St. Revenue Estimate: The average revenue estimate is $103.5 million

Past Earnings Performance: The company fell in line with estimates last quarter after topping forecasts the quarter before. After coming in above the mean estimate by one cent in the second quarter, the company fell in line with expectations by reporting profit of 14 cents per share last quarter.

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Analyst Ratings: Analysts are bullish on Bankrate as three analysts rate it as a buy, none rate it as a sell and two rate it as a hold.

Stock Price Performance: During December 6, 2011 to February 3, 2012, the stock price had risen $7.07 (40%) from $17.69 to $24.76. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between December 21, 2011 and January 3, 2012 when shares rose for eight-straight days, rising 15.7% (+$3.04) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between September 23, 2011 and October 3, 2011 when shares fell for seven-straight days, falling 12% (-$1.95) over that span.

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

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