FMC Corp Fourth Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component FMC Corp (NYSE:FMC) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, February 8, 2012. FMC is a chemical manufacturing company that offers solutions, applications and products to agricultural, consumer and industrial markets around the world. .

FMC Corp Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for net income of $1.38 per share, a rise of 29% 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 $1.37 during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 19.2% versus last year to $5.77.

Past Earnings Performance: Last quarter, the company beat estimates by 3 cents, coming in at profit of $1.39 a share versus the estimate of net income of $1.36 a share. It marked the fourth straight quarter of beating estimates.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: On average, analysts predict $881.2 million in revenue this quarter, a rise of 8.7% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $3.35 billion for the year, a rise of 7.4% from last year’s revenue of $3.12 billion.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts are bullish on this stock with eight analysts rating it as a buy, none rating it as a sell and one rating it as a hold.

A Look Back: In the third quarter, profit rose 4.7% to $86.8 million ($1.21 a share) from $82.9 million ($1.13 a share) the year earlier, exceeding analyst expectations. Revenue rose 11.6% to $862.1 million from $772.5 million.

Key Stats:

Revenue has risen the past four quarters. Revenue rose 4.6% in the second quarter from the year earlier, climbed 5.1% in the first quarter from the year-ago quarter and 12.2% in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year.

Stock Price Performance: During November 4, 2011 to February 2, 2012, the stock price had risen $9.92 (11.9%) from $83.36 to $93.28. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between June 27, 2011 and July 7, 2011 when shares rose for eight-straight days, rising 7.7% (+$6.37) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between May 31, 2011 and June 8, 2011 when shares fell for seven-straight days, falling 7.3% (-$6.14) over that span.

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

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