Investors and Traders Eye These Stocks Before Earnings

MEMC Electronic Materials, Inc. (NYSE:WFR) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, February 15, 2012. The average analyst estimate is for a loss of 14 cents per share, a spike from net income of 25 cents in the year-ago quarter. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved down from 8 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It also has dropped from breaking even during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 12.8% compared to last year’s 34 cents.

Last quarter, the company fell short of estimates by 22 cents, coming in at profit of 3 cents per share against a mean estimate of net income of 10 cents. The company topped expectations in the second quarter. Analysts predict a decline of 7.8% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $783.6 million.

Competitors to Watch: Daqo New Energy Corp. (NYSE:DQ), AXT, Inc. (NASDAQ:AXTI), First Solar, Inc. (NASDAQ:FSLR), SunPower Corporation (NASDAQ:SPWRA), Spansion Inc. (NYSE:CODE), Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:MU), GT Solar Intl., Inc. (NASDAQ:SOLR), Hoku Corporation (NASDAQ:HOKU), Cymer, Inc. (NASDAQ:CYMI), and Photronics, Inc. (NASDAQ:PLAB).

Zillow Inc. (NASDAQ:Z) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, February 15, 2012. The average estimate of analysts is for a loss of 3 cents per share, a wider loss from the year-earlier quarter net loss of one cent. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved up from a loss of 4 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved up. It has been unchanged at a loss of 3 cents during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting net income of 5 cents per share, a spike from net loss of 9 cents last year.

The company will look to avoid falling below estimates this quarter after beating forecasts last quarter. Last quarter, it beat expectations as it reported profit of 5 cents versus a mean estimate of net income of one cent.

Vulcan Materials Company (NYSE:VMC) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, February 15, 2012. The average estimate of analysts is for a loss of 37 cents per share, a wider loss from the year-earlier quarter net loss of 36 cents. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved down from a loss of 31 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It also has dropped from a loss of 33 cents during the last month.

Last quarter, the company fell short of estimates by 13 cents, coming in at net loss of 13 cents per share against a mean estimate of profit of 7 cents. The company topped expectations in the second quarter. On average, analysts predict $605.4 million in revenue this quarter, a rise of 3.3% from the year-ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $2.53 billion for the year, a decline of 1.2% from last year’s revenue of $2.56 billion.

Competitors to Watch: Martin Marietta Materials, Inc. (NYSE:MLM), Texas Industries, Inc. (NYSE:TXI), Eagle Materials, Inc. (NYSE:EXP), CRH PLC (NYSE:CRH), and United Basalt Products Ltd. (NYSE:UBP).

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