FFIV, LLTC and SANM Illuminate Trading Screens Before Earnings

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:FFIV) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, January 18, 2012. The average estimate of analysts is for profit of 81 cents per share, a rise of 19.1% 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 was unchanged. It also has not changed during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 20.6% versus last year to $3.57.

Last quarter, the company beat estimates by 7 cents, coming in at net income of 84 cents a share versus the estimate of profit of 77 cents a share. It marked the fourth straight quarter of beating estimates. Analysts are projecting a rise of 18.6% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $319 million.

Competitors to Watch: Blue Coat Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:BCSI), Radware Ltd. (NASDAQ:RDWR), Riverbed Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:RVBD), Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO), Procera Networks, Inc. (AMEX:PKT), Juniper Networks, Inc. (NYSE:JNPR), Dialogic Inc (NASDAQ:DLGC), NetScout Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:NTCT), Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:BRCD), and Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ).

Linear Technology Corp (NASDAQ:LLTC) will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, January 17, 2012. The average estimate of analysts is for profit of 39 cents per share, a decline of 38.1% 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 39 cents during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting net income of $1.73 per share, a decline of 32.4% from last year.

The company missed estimates last quarter after beating forecasts in the prior two. In the first quarter, the company reported profit of 48 cents per share versus a mean estimate of net income of 50 cents per share. In the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year, the company beat estimates by 13 cents. On average, analysts predict $293.1 million in revenue this quarter, a decline of 23.6% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $1.27 billion for the year, a decline of 14.2% from last year’s revenue of $1.48 billion.

Competitors to Watch: Texas Instruments Inc. (NYSE:TXN), Analog Devices, Inc. (NYSE:ADI), National Semicond. Corp. (NYSE:NSM), Maxim Integrated Products Inc. (NASDAQ:MXIM), Intersil Corporation (NASDAQ:ISIL), Micrel, Incorporated (NASDAQ:MCRL), Advanced Analogic Tech. Incorp. (NASDAQ:AATI), ON Semiconductor Corp. (NASDAQ:ONNN), Semtech Corporation (NASDAQ:SMTC), and Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ:MCHP).

Sanmina-SCI Corp (NASDAQ:SANM) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, January 18, 2012. The average estimate of analysts is for net income of 27 cents per share, a decline of 34.1% 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 40 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has been unchanged at 27 cents during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 9.4% versus last year to $1.28.

The company fell short of estimates last quarter after topping forecasts the quarter prior. In the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year, it reported profit of 32 cents per share against a mean estimate of 37 cents. Two quarters ago, it beat expectations by 5 cents with net income of 35 cents. Analysts are projecting a decline of 6% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $1.56 billion.

Competitors to Watch: Jabil Circuit, Inc. (NYSE:JBL), TTM Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTMI), Benchmark Electronics, Inc. (NYSE:BHE), DDi Corp. (NASDAQ:DDIC), SigmaTron International (NASDAQ:SGMA), Celestica Inc. (NYSE:CLS), SMTC Corporation (NASDAQ:SMTX), Flextronics Intl. Ltd. (NASDAQ:FLEX), CTS Corporation (NYSE:CTS), and Kimball International (NASDAQ:KBALB).