Exelon Corp Third Quarter Earnings on Deck

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component Exelon Corp (NYSE:EXC) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, October 26, 2011. Exelon is a utility services holding company that distributes electricity and natural gas and is a major nuclear operator.

Exelon Corp Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for net income of $1.09 per share, a decline of 1.8% from the company’s actual earnings for the same quarter a year ago. The average estimate is the same as three months ago. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has risen from $1.07 during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 5.6% versus last year to $4.17.

Past Earnings Performance: Last quarter, the company reported profit of $1.05 per share versus a mean estimate of net income of. The company has beaten estimates for the past three quarters.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: On average, analysts predict $5.16 billion in revenue this quarter, a decline of 2.6% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $19.04 billion for the year, a rise of 2% from last year’s revenue of $18.67 billion.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts seem relatively indifferent about Exelon with 10 of 15 analysts surveyed maintaining a hold rating.

A Look Back: In the second quarter, profit rose 39.3% to $620 million (93 cents a share) from $445 million (67 cents a share) the year earlier, exceeding analyst expectations. Revenue rose 4.3% to $4.59 billion from $4.4 billion.

Key Stats:

Revenue has risen the past four quarters. Revenue rose 13.2% in the first quarter from the year earlier, climbed 9.2% in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year from the year-ago quarter and 21.9% in the third quarter of the last fiscal year.

The increase in profit in the second quarter broke a streak of two consecutive quarters of year-over-year profit decreases. The figure dropped 10.8% in the first quarter and 9.8% in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year.

Competitors to Watch: NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE:NEE), Entergy Corporation (NYSE:ETR), El Paso Electric Company (NYSE:EE), Constellation Energy Group, Inc. (NYSE:CEG), PPL Corporation (NYSE:PPL), ALLETE, Inc. (NYSE:ALE), FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE:FE), Integrys Energy Group, Inc. (NYSE:TEG), and Xcel Energy Inc. (NYSE:XEL).

Stock Price Performance: During July 27, 2011 to October 20, 2011, the stock price had fallen $1.29 (-2.9%) from $44.01 to $42.72. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between June 23, 2011 and July 1, 2011 when shares rose for seven-straight days, rising 4.9% (+$2.01) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between September 29, 2011 and October 5, 2011 when shares fell for five-straight days, falling 5.9% (-$2.57) over that span. Shares are up $2.63 (+6.6%) year to date.

(Source: Xignite Financials)

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