Dell Inc. Third Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component Dell, Inc. (NASDAQ:DELL) will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, November 15, 2011. Dell is a technology company that offers desktop PCs, software and peripherals, servers, and networking and storage services to customers worldwide.

Dell, Inc. Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for net income of 46 cents per share, a rise of 2.2% 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 44 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved up. It has been unchanged at 46 cents during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 29.9% versus last year to $2.

Past Earnings Performance: The company has beaten estimates the last four quarters and is coming off a quarter where it topped forecasts by 5 cents, reporting profit of 54 cents per share against a mean estimate of net income of 49 cents per share.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts are projecting a rise of 1.9% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $15.69 billion.

Analyst Ratings: 15 out of 28 analysts surveyed (53.6%) have a buy rating on Dell.. This is below the mean analyst rating of 10 competitors, which average 68.8% buy ratings.

A Look Back: In the second quarter, profit rose 63.3% to $890 million (48 cents a share) from $545 million (28 cents a share) the year earlier, exceeding analyst expectations. Revenue rose 0.8% to $15.66 billion from $15.53 billion.

Key Stats:

The company has seen net income rise in three straight quarters. Net income rose more than twofold in the first quarter and more than twofold in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year.

Revenue has risen the past four quarters. Revenue rose 1% in the first quarter from the year earlier, climbed 5.3% in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year from the year-ago quarter and 19.4% in the third quarter of the last fiscal year.

Competitors to Watch: Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ), Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), Silicon Graphics Intl. Corp (NASDAQ:SGI), Super Micro Computer, Inc. (NASDAQ:SMCI), Intl. Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM), Cray Inc. (NASDAQ:CRAY), EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC), Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), and Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC).

Stock Price Performance: During October 12, 2011 to November 9, 2011, the stock price had dropped $1.44 (-8.9%) from $16.24 to $14.80. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between May 2, 2011 and May 11, 2011 when shares rose for eight-straight days, rising 8.4% (+$1.29) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between March 24, 2011 and April 4, 2011 when shares fell for eight-straight days, falling 5.9% (-89 cents) over that span. Shares are up $1.25 (+9.2%) year to date.

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

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