CONSOL Energy Inc. Fourth Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component CONSOL Energy, Inc. (NYSE:CNX) will unveil its latest earnings on Thursday, January 26, 2012. Consol Energy is a coal and gas energy producer and energy services provider that mainly serves the electric power generation industry in the United States.

CONSOL Energy, Inc. Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet.

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for net income of 62 cents per share, a rise of 14.8% 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 60 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved up. It has been unchanged at 62 cents during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting profit of $2.95 per share, a rise of 31.1% from last year.

Past Earnings Performance: Last quarter, the company topped estimates by 0 cents, coming in at net income of 73 cents per share against a mean estimate of profit of 67 cents. The company fell in line with estimates in the second quarter.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts are projecting a rise of 5.9% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $1.44 billion.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts are bullish on this stock with 17 analysts rating it as a buy, none rating it as a sell and four rating it as a hold.

A Look Back: In the third quarter, profit rose more than twofold to $167.3 million (73 cents a share) from $75.4 million (33 cents a share) the year earlier, exceeding analyst expectations. Revenue rose 12.8% to $1.52 billion from $1.35 billion.

Key Stats:

The company has seen net income rise in three straight quarters. Net income rose 16.1% in the second quarter and 91.6% in the first quarter.

Revenue has risen the past four quarters. Revenue rose 23.2% in the second quarter from the year earlier, climbed 18.2% in the first quarter from the year-ago quarter and 9.6% in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year.

Competitors to Watch: Peabody Energy Corporation (NYSE:BTU), Arch Coal, Inc. (NYSE:ACI), Alliance Holdings GP, L.P. (NASDAQ:AHGP), Intl. Coal Group, Inc. (NYSE:ICO), Patriot Coal Corporation (NYSE:PCX), Massey Energy Company (NYSE:MEE), Natural Resource Partners LP (NYSE:NRP), Alpha Natural Resources, Inc. (NYSE:ANR), James River Coal Company (NASDAQ:JRCC), and Oxford Resource Partners, LP (NYSE:OXF).

Stock Price Performance: During October 24, 2011 to January 20, 2012, the stock price had fallen $9.72 (-22.7%) from $42.74 to $33.02. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between July 12, 2011 and July 22, 2011 when shares rose for nine-straight days, rising 14% (+$6.71) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between December 9, 2011 and December 19, 2011 when shares fell for seven-straight days, falling 12% (-$4.78) over that span.

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

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