General Dynamics Earnings: What Investors Should Watch

General Dynamics (NYSE:GD) will report earnings before markets open on Wednesday, July 24th. General Dynamics Corporation is a diversified defense company. The Company offers a broad portfolio of products and services in business aviation; combat vehicles, weapons systems and munitions; shipbuilding design and construction; and information systems, technologies and services.

Here is your Cheat Sheet to General Dynamics Earnings:

Earnings Expectations: Analysts expect earnings of $1.62 per share on revenues of $7.73 billion.

Analyst Trends:

Analysts have a more negative outlook for the company’s next-quarter performance. Over the past three months, the average estimate for next quarter’s earnings has fallen from a profit of $1.71 to a profit $1.69. For the current year, the average estimate is a profit of $6.75, which is better than the estimate ninety days ago.

Earnings Trends:

Here’s how General Dynamics has been performing on an annual basis:

Fiscal Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 29,300 31,981 32,466 32,677 31,513
Diluted EPS ($) 6.17 6.17 6.81 6.87 -0.94

Next, our CHEAT SHEET investing framework asks us to drill down to the recent quarterly data:

Quarter Jun. 30, 2012 Sep. 30, 2012 Dec. 31, 2012 Mar. 31, 2013
Revenue ($) in millions 7,922.00 7,934.00 8,078.00 7,404.00
Diluted EPS ($) 1.77 1.70 -6.07 1.62

Past Performance:
General Dynamics has beat analyst estimates 2 times in the past four quarters. This is not consistent enough to get bullish yet.

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