General Electric Earnings: What Investors Should Watch

General Electric (NYSE:GE) will report earnings before markets open on Friday, July 19th. General Electric Company is a diversified technology, media and financial services company. The Company offers products and services ranging from aircraft engines, power generation, and water processing technology to medical imaging, business and consumer financing, media content and industrial products. General Electric conducts operations globally.

Here is your Cheat Sheet to General Electric Earnings:

Earnings Expectations: Analysts expect earnings of $0.36 per share on revenues of $35.58 billion. Currently, the company’s P/E ratio stands at 17.60.

Analyst Trends:

Analysts have a neutral outlook for the company’s next-quarter performance. Over the past three months, the average estimate for next quarter’s earnings is a profit of $0.4 and has not changed. For the current year, the average estimate is a profit of $1.66, which is worse than the estimate ninety days ago.

Earnings Trends:

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

Fiscal Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 182,515 156,783 150,211 147,300 147,359
Diluted EPS ($) 1.72 1.01 1.06 1.23 1.29

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 ($) in millions 36,501.00 36,349.00 39,327.00 35,010.00
Diluted EPS ($) 0.29 0.33 0.38 0.34

Past Performance:
General Electric has beat analyst estimates 3 times in the past four quarters. Shareholders could expect a boost if the company beats estimates.

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