Dell Second Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component Dell, Inc. (NASDAQ:DELL) will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, August 16, 2011. Dell Inc. is a technology company that offers desktop PCs, software and peripherals, servers and networking and storage services to customers worldwide.

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Dell, Inc. Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for net income of 48 cents per share, a rise of 50% 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, but it has been unchanged at 48 cents during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting profit of $1.90 per share, a rise of 23.4% from last year.

Past Earnings Performance: The company has beaten estimates the last four quarters and is coming off a quarter where it topped forecasts by 12 cents, reporting net income of 55 cents per share against a mean estimate of profit of 43 cents per share.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: On average, analysts predict $15.76 billion in revenue this quarter, a rise of 1.5% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $64.02 billion for the year, a rise of 4.1% from last year’s revenue of $61.49 billion.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts are bullish on Dell as 15 analysts rate it as a buy, three rate it as a sell and 17 rate it as a hold.

Key Stats:

The company has now seen net income rise in three straight quarters. In the first quarter, net income rose more than twofold while it rose more than twofold in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year and more than twofold in the third quarter of the last fiscal year.

Revenue has risen the past four quarters. Revenue increased 1% to $15.02 billion in first quarter. The figure rose 5.3% in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year from the year earlier, climbed 19.4% in the third quarter of the last fiscal year from the year-ago quarter and 21.7% in the second quarter of the last fiscal year.

Competitors to Watch: Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ), Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), Silicon Graphics Intl. Corp (NASDAQ:SGI), Lenovo Group Limited (LNVGY), 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 July 13, 2011 to August 10, 2011, the stock price had dropped $2.88 (-17.4%) from $16.53 to $13.65. 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. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between October 6, 2010 and October 18, 2010 when shares rose for nine-straight days, rising 10.9% (+$1.44) over that span. Shares are up 10 cents (+0.7%) year to date.

(Source: Xignite Financials)

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