Dow 30 Stocks: 2012 Quarterly Earnings Preview

The bottom line is investors, shareholders and traders LOVE the bottom line, also known as profit. Profit, among other variables, is the key driver of stock prices. Here’s our Cheat Sheet Quarterly Earnings Preview to the upcoming earnings season set to begin January 9th, 2012:

Alcoa (NYSE:AA) is the first Dow stock component to kick off major earnings releases in 2012. The consensus analyst earnings estimate is for -$.02 cents per share and $5.74 billion in revenue. AA has beaten earnings estimates the past 3 out of 4 quarters in a row by an average of -31.80% to 10.50%. Earnings will be released Monday, January 9th. 

American Express (NYSE:AXP): The consensus analyst earnings estimate is for $.98 cents per share and $7.92 billion in revenue. AXP has beaten earnings estimates the past 3 out of 4 quarters in a row by an average of -9.3% to 8.1%. Earnings will be released January 23rd.

Boeing (NYSE:BA): Analysts are expecting an average report of $.99 per share in profit and $19.52 billion in revenue. BA has beaten earnings estimates the past 4 quarters in a row by an average of 11.4%-40.5%. Earnings will be released January 25th.

Bank of America (NYSE:BAC): Analysts are expecting an average report of $.20 per share and $23.72 billion in revenue. BAC has missed earnings estimates 2 out of the past 4 quarters by -71.4% and 194.7%. Earnings will be released January 19th.

Caterpillar, Inc (NYSE:CAT): The consensus analyst earnings estimate is for $1.72 cents per share and $15.96 billion in revenue. CAT has beaten earnings estimates the past 3 out of 4 quarters in a row with a surprise average of -13.1% to 40.50%. Earnings will be released January 26th.

Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO): Analysts are expecting an average report of $.43 per share in profit and $11.22 billion in revenue. CSCO has beaten earnings estimates the past 4 quarters in a row by an average of 5.3%-13.5%. Earnings will be released February 8th.

Chevron (NYSE:CVX): Analysts are expecting an average report of $3.30 per share in profit and $74.83 billion in revenue. CVX has beaten earnings estimates the past 4 quarters by an average of 1.2% to 7.8%. Earnings will be released January 27th.

E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (NYSE:DD): The consensus analyst earnings estimate is for $.33 cents per share and $8.53 billion in revenue. DD has beaten earnings estimates the past 4 quarters in a row with a surprise average of 2.2% to 56.20%. Earnings will be released January 24th.

Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS): The consensus analyst earnings estimate is for $.72 cents per share and $11.22 billion in revenue. DIS has beaten earnings estimates 3 out of the past 4 quarters in a row with a surprise average of -14% to 21.40%. Earnings will be released February 7th.

General Electric (NYSE:GE): The consensus analyst earnings estimate is for $.38 cents per share and $40.20 billion in revenue. GE has beaten earnings estimates the past 4 quarters in a row with a surprise average of 0% to 17.90%. Earnings will be released January 2oth.

Home Depot (NYSE:HD): Analysts are expecting an average report of $.41 per share in profit and $15.46 billion in revenue. HD has beaten earnings estimates the past 4 quarters by an average of 2% to 16.1%. Earnings will be released February 21st.

Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HPQ): The consensus analyst earnings estimate is for $.87 cents per share and $30.80 billion in revenue. HPQ has met or beaten earnings estimates the past 4 quarters in a row with a surprise average of 0.90% to 5.4%. Earnings will be released February 22nd.

International Business Machines (NYSE:IBM): Analysts are expecting an average report of $4.62 per share in profit and $29.76 billion in revenue. IBM has beaten earnings estimates the past 4 quarters by an average of 1.9% to 4.8%. Earnings will be released January 19th.

Intel (NASDAQ:INTC): The consensus analyst earnings estimate is for $.61 cents per share and $13.72 billion in revenue. INTC has beaten earnings estimates the past 4 quarters in a row with a surprise average of 5.9% to 21.7%. Earnings will be released January 19th.

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Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ): The consensus analyst earnings estimate is for $1.10 cents per share and $16.29 billion in revenue. JNJ has met or beaten earnings estimates the past 3 quarters in a row with a surprise average of 0% to 7.1%. Earnings will be released January 24th.

JP Morgan Chase (NYSE:JPM): Analysts are expecting an average report of $.93 per share in profit and $23.44 billion in revenue. JPM has beaten earnings estimates the past 4 quarters by an average of 5% to 12.10%. Earnings will be released January 13th.

Kraft (NYSE:KFT): Analysts are expecting an average report of $.57 per share in profit and $14.85 billion in revenue. KFT has met or beaten earnings estimates the past 3 quarters by an average of 5.5% to 10.6%. Earnings will be released February 6th.

Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO): The consensus analyst earnings estimate is for $.77 cents per share and $11.03 billion in revenue. KO has beaten earnings estimates 2 out of the past 4 quarters in a row with a surprise average of -1.1% to 1%. Earnings will be released February 7th.

McDonald’s (NYSE:MCD): Analysts are expecting an average report of $1.29 per share in profit and $6.77 billion in revenue. MCD has met or beaten earnings estimates the past 3 quarters by an average of 0.90% to 5.5%. Earnings will be released January 24th.

3M Company (NYSE:MMM): The consensus analyst earnings estimate is for $1.31 cents per share and $7.09 billion in revenue. MMM has beaten earnings estimates the past 2 out of 4 quarters in a row with a surprise average of -5.6% to 3.5%. Earnings will be released January 26th.

Merck (NYSE:MRK): Analysts are expecting an average report of $.95 per share in profit and $12.46 billion in revenue. MRK has beaten earnings estimates the past 3 out of 4 quarters by an average of 0% to 9.5%. Earnings will be released February 2nd.

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT): The consensus analyst earnings estimate is for $.77 cents per share and $21.02 billion in revenue. MSFT has beaten earnings estimates the past 3 out of 4 quarters in a row with a surprise average of 0% to 19%. Earnings will be released January 19th.

Pfizer (NYSE:PFE): Analysts are expecting an average report of $.47 per share in profit and $16.56 billion in revenue. PFE has beaten earnings estimates the 4 quarters by an average of 1.7% to 10.7%. Earnings will be released January 31st.

Proctor & Gamble (NYSE:PG): Analysts are expecting an average report of $1.09 per share in profit and $22.26 billion in revenue. PG has beaten earnings estimates 2 out of 4 quarters by an average of -1% to 2.7%. Earnings will be released January 27th.

AT&T (NYSE:T): Analysts are expecting an average report of $.45 per share in profit and $31.92 billion in revenue. T has met or beaten earnings estimates the past 4 quarters by an average of 0% to 1.9%. Earnings will be released January 26th.

The Traveler’s Companies (NYSE:TRV): The consensus analyst earnings estimate is for a $1.53 cents per share and $5.46 billion in revenue. TRV has beaten earnings estimates 2 out of the past 4 quarters in a row with a surprise average of -42.2% to 25.2%. Earnings will be released January 24th.

United Technologies Corp (NYSE:UTX): The consensus analyst earnings estimate is for $1.46 cents per share and $15.05 billion in revenue. UTX has beaten earnings estimates the past 4 quarters in a row with a surprise average of 1.6% to 3.7%. Earnings will be released January 25th.

Verizon Communication, Inc (NYSE:VZ): Analysts are expecting an average report of $.55 per share in profit and $27.42 billion in revenue. VZ has beaten earnings estimates 3 out of the past 4 quarters by an average of -1.8% to 3.6%. Earnings will be released January 24th.

Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT): The consensus analyst earnings estimate is for $1.45 cents per share and $124.29 billion in revenue. WMT has met or beaten earnings estimates 3 out of the past 4 quarters in a row with a surprise average of -1% to 3.2%. Earnings will be released February 21st.

Exxon Mobil Corp (NYSE:XOM): Analysts are expecting an average report of $2.10 per share in profit and $109.68 billion in revenue. XOM has beaten earnings estimates the past 3 out of 4 quarters by an average of -6% to 13.50%. Earnings will be released January 31st.

Consensus analyst earnings estimates were polled by Thomson Reuters.

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