CA Inc. Second Quarter Earnings on the Horizon

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component CA, Inc. (NASDAQ:CA) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, October 26, 2011. CA is an information technology software and service company that helps organizations manage and secure their IT infrastructures and services.

CA, Inc. Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for net income of 47 cents per share, a decline of 2.1% 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 6.8% versus last year to $2.05.

Past Earnings Performance: Last quarter, the company beat estimates by 3 cents, coming in at profit of 50 cents a share versus the estimate of net income of 47 cents a share. It marked the fourth straight quarter of beating estimates.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts are projecting a rise of 7.2% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $1.19 billion.

Analyst Ratings: six out of 11 analysts surveyed (54.5%) have a buy rating on CA.. This is below the mean analyst rating of 10 competitors, which average 66.1% buy ratings.

A Look Back: In the first quarter, profit rose 11.1% to $241 million (47 cents a share) from $217 million (42 cents a share) the year earlier, exceeding analyst expectations. Revenue rose 6.6% to $1.16 billion from $1.09 billion.

Key Stats:

The company has seen net income rise in two straight quarters. In the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year, profit rose 86.1%.

Revenue rose in the first quarter after seeing a drop the quarter before. In the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year, revenue fell 3.6%.

Competitors to Watch: Oracle Corporation (NASDAQ:ORCL), Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), Intl. Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM), Novell, Inc. (NASDAQ:NOVL), Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE:RHT), Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ), BMC Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:BMC), Quest Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:QSFT), Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ:SYMC), and Compuware Corporation (NASDAQ:CPWR).

Stock Price Performance: During August 24, 2011 to October 20, 2011, the stock price had risen $1.58 (8%) from $19.75 to $21.33. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between June 24, 2011 and July 1, 2011 when shares rose for six-straight days, rising 5.7% (+$1.25) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between May 31, 2011 and June 13, 2011 when shares fell for 10-straight days, falling 8.2% (-$1.92) over that span. Shares are down $2.96 (-12.2%) year to date.

(Source: Xignite Financials)

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