DuPont Fourth Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company (NYSE:DD) will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, January 24, 2012. E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company offers products and services for markets including agriculture and food, building and construction, electronics and communications, general industrial, and transportation.

E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet.

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for profit of 33 cents per share, a decline of 34% from the company’s actual earnings for the same quarter a year ago. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved down from 51 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has been unchanged at 33 cents during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 19.5% versus last year to $3.92.

Past Earnings Performance: Last quarter, the company beat estimates by 13 cents, coming in at net income of 69 cents a share versus the estimate of profit of 56 cents a share. It marked the fourth straight quarter of beating estimates.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts are projecting a rise of 15.3% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $8.53 billion.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts are bullish on this stock with 10 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 23.2% to $452 million (48 cents a share) from $367 million (40 cents a share) the year earlier, exceeding analyst expectations. Revenue rose 32% to $9.24 billion from $7 billion.

Key Stats:

The company has enjoyed double-digit year-over-year percentage revenue growth for the past four quarters. Over that span, the company has averaged growth of 19.6%, with the biggest boost coming in the most recent quarter when revenue rose 32% from the year earlier quarter.

The company has seen net income rise in three straight quarters. Net income rose 5.1% in the second quarter and 26.7% in the first quarter.

Competitors to Watch: The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE:DOW), FMC Corporation (NYSE:FMC), PPG Industries, Inc. (NYSE:PPG), 3M Company (NYSE:MMM), Honeywell Intl. Inc. (NYSE:HON), General Electric (NYSE:GE), Rockwood Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:ROC), Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON), PolyOne Corporation (NYSE:POL), and Ashland Inc. (NYSE:ASH).

Stock Price Performance: During October 20, 2011 to January 18, 2012, the stock price had risen $5.70 (13%) from $43.75 to $49.45. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between January 27, 2011 and February 11, 2011 when shares rose for 12-straight days, rising 9.4% (+$4.57) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between December 7, 2011 and December 14, 2011 when shares fell for six-straight days, falling 10.1% (-$4.86) over that span.

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

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