General Dynamics Corp Fourth Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component General Dynamics Corp (NYSE:GD) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, January 25, 2012. General Dynamics offers products and services in business aviation, combat vehicles, weapons systems and munitions as well as information systems, technologies and services.

General Dynamics Corp Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet.

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for net income of $2 per share, a rise of 4.7% 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 $2.02. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has been unchanged at $2 during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting profit of $7.25 per share, a rise of 6.3% from last year.

Past Earnings Performance: The company has beaten estimates the last four quarters and is coming off a quarter where it topped forecasts by 6 cents, reporting net income of $1.83 per share against a mean estimate of profit of $1.77 per share.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: On average, analysts predict $9.29 billion in revenue this quarter, a rise of 8% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $32.88 billion for the year, a rise of 1.3% from last year’s revenue of $32.47 billion.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts are bullish on this stock with 16 analysts rating it as a buy, none rating it as a sell and five rating it as a hold.

A Look Back: In the third quarter, profit rose 0.3% to $652 million ($1.80 a share) from $650 million ($1.70 a share) the year earlier, exceeding analyst expectations. Revenue fell 2% to $7.85 billion from $8.01 billion.

Key Stats:

The company has seen net income rise in three straight quarters. Net income rose 0.8% in the second quarter and 3.5% in the first quarter.

Revenue has fallen in the past two quarters. In the second quarter, the figure fell 2.8%.

Competitors to Watch: Northrop Grumman Corp. (NYSE:NOC), Raytheon Company (NYSE:RTN), The Boeing Company (NYSE:BA), Lockheed Martin Corp. (NYSE:LMT), ITT Corporation (NYSE:ITT), FLIR Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:FLIR), Rockwell Collins, Inc. (NYSE:COL), Alliant Techsystems Inc. (NYSE:ATK), Cubic Corporation (NYSE:CUB), and Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc (NASDAQ:KTOS).

Stock Price Performance: During December 19, 2011 to January 19, 2012, the stock price had risen $10.16 (16.4%) from $62.05 to $72.21. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between June 10, 2011 and June 21, 2011 when shares rose for eight-straight days, rising 5.8% (+$3.95) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between July 7, 2011 and July 18, 2011 when shares fell for eight-straight days, falling 8.1% (-$6.04) over that span.

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

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