eBay and Xilinx Shares Ready for More Activity Ahead of Earnings

eBay, Inc. (NASDAQ:EBAY) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, January 18, 2012.  The average estimate of analysts is for profit of 55 cents per share, a rise of 22.2% 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 51 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved up. It has been unchanged at 55 cents during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting net income of $1.72 per share, a rise of 14.7% from last year.

The company is looking to beat analyst estimates for the third quarter in a row. Last quarter, it beat estimates with profit of 42 cents per share against the mean estimate of 40 cents. In the prior quarter, the company reported net income of 40 cents. On average, analysts predict $3.32 billion in revenue this quarter, a rise of 32.8% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $11.59 billion for the year, a rise of 26.5% from last year’s revenue of $9.16 billion.

Competitors to Watch: Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN), GSI Commerce, Inc. (NASDAQ:GSIC), Liquidity Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:LQDT), Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG), Overstock.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:OSTK), BIDZ.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:BIDZ), Gaiam, Inc. (NASDAQ:GAIA), U.S. Auto Parts Network, Inc. (NASDAQ:PRTS), HSN, Inc. (NASDAQ:HSNI), Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT) and Target (NYSE:TGT).

Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ:XLNX) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, January 18, 2012. The average estimate of analysts is for profit of 37 cents per share, a decline of 37.3% 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 46 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It also has dropped from 39 cents during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting net income of $1.75 per share, a decline of 27.7% from last year.

Last quarter, the company beat estimates by 3 cents, coming in at profit of 47 cents a share versus the estimate of net income of 44 cents a share. It marked the fourth straight quarter of beating estimates. Analysts are projecting a decline of 11.8% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $500.4 million.

Competitors to Watch: Altera Corporation (NASDAQ:ALTR), Lattice Semiconductor (NASDAQ:LSCC), QuickLogic Corporation (NASDAQ:QUIK), Cypress Semicond. Corp. (NASDAQ:CY), Microsemi Corporation (NASDAQ:MSCC), Atmel Corporation (NASDAQ:ATML), ON Semiconductor Corp. (NASDAQ:ONNN), Sajan, Inc. (SAJA), Texas Instruments Inc. (NYSE:TXN), and TranSwitch Corporation (NASDAQ:TXCC).