Cliffs Natural Resources Earnings: What Investors Should Watch

Cliffs Natural Resources (NYSE:CLF) will report earnings after markets close on Thursday, July 25th. Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. is a diversified mining and natural resources company. The Company mines for iron ore and coal in locations across North America, South America, and Australia.

Here is your Cheat Sheet to Cliffs Natural Resources Earnings:

Earnings Expectations: Analysts expect earnings of $0.62 per share on revenues of $1.43 billion.

Analyst Trends:

Analysts have a neutral outlook for the company’s next-quarter performance. Over the past three months, the average estimate for next quarter’s earnings is a profit of $0.46 and has not changed. For the current year, the average estimate is a profit of $2.22, which is better than the estimate ninety days ago.

Earnings Trends:

Here’s how Cliffs Natural Resources has been performing on an annual basis:

Fiscal Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 3,609 2,342 4,682 6,794 5,873
Diluted EPS ($) 4.75 1.63 7.49 11.48 -6.32

Next, our CHEAT SHEET investing framework asks us to drill down to the recent quarterly data:

Quarter Jun. 30, 2012 Sep. 30, 2012 Dec. 31, 2012 Mar. 31, 2013
Revenue ($) in millions 1,626.00 1,544.90 1,535.90 1,140.50
Diluted EPS ($) 1.81 0.59 -11.36 0.66

Past Performance:
Cliffs Natural Resources has missed analyst estimates 3 times in the past four quarters. Shareholders could expect a bust if the company misses estimates.

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