Exelon, Noble and Murphy Oil Stocks on Trader Watch Ahead of Earnings

Exelon Corp (NYSE:EXC) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, January 25, 2012. The average estimate of analysts is for profit of 88 cents per share, a decline of 8.3% 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 87 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved up. It has dropped from 89 cents during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting net income of $4.21 per share, a rise of 6.6% from last year.

The company has beaten estimates the last four quarters and is coming off a quarter where it topped forecasts by 3 cents, reporting profit of $1.12 per share against a mean estimate of net income of $1.09 per share. On average, analysts predict $4.8 billion in revenue this quarter, a rise of 6.7% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $19.25 billion for the year, a rise of 3.1% from last year’s revenue of $18.67 billion.

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).

Noble Corp (NYSE:NE) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, January 25, 2012. The average estimate of analysts is for profit of 53 cents per share, a rise of 35.9% 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 70 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It also has dropped from 60 cents during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting net income of $1.34 per share, a decline of 56.4% from last year.

The company showed profit of 49 cents per share versus a mean estimate of net income of last quarter. This marks the fourth month of falling short of estimates. On average, analysts predict $776 million in revenue this quarter, a rise of 20.5% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $2.71 billion for the year, a decline of 3.6% from last year’s revenue of $2.81 billion.

Competitors to Watch: Transocean LTD (NYSE:RIG), Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. (NYSE:DO), Pride International, Inc. (NYSE:PDE), Hercules Offshore, Inc. (NASDAQ:HERO), ENSCO PLC (NYSE:ESV), Atwood Oceanics, Inc. (NYSE:ATW), Vantage Drilling Company (AMEX:VTG), Seahawk Drilling, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAWK), and Rowan Companies, Inc. (NYSE:RDC).

Murphy Oil Corp (NYSE:MUR) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, January 25, 2012. The average estimate of analysts is for net income of $1.42 per share, a rise of 57.8% 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 $1.27. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved up. It has dropped from $1.45 during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting profit of $6.14 per share, a rise of 48.7% from last year.

The company topped estimates last quarter after missing forecasts the quarter prior. In the third quarter, it reported net income of $1.73 per share against a mean estimate of profit of $1.17 per share. In the second quarter, it missed forecasts by 6 cents. Analysts are projecting a decline of 1.4% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $6.42 billion.

Competitors to Watch: Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE:MRO), Western Refining, Inc. (NYSE:WNR), Sunoco, Inc. (NYSE:SUN), Chevron Corporation (NYSE:CVX), Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM), BP plc (NYSE:BP), ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP), Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE:VLO), Tesoro Corporation (NYSE:TSO), and Hess Corp. (NYSE:HES).