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ValueClick, Inc. (NASDAQ:VCLK) will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, February 7, 2012. The average estimate of analysts is for profit of 29 cents per share, a rise of 11.5% 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 30 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has been unchanged at 29 cents during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting net income of $1.17 per share, a rise of 19.4% from last year.

Last quarter, the company beat estimates by 31 cents, coming in at profit of 52 cents a share versus the estimate of net income of 21 cents a share. It marked the fourth straight quarter of beating estimates. Analysts are projecting a rise of 36.4% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $175.6 million.

Competitors to Watch: Inuvo, Inc. (AMEX:INUV), Harte-Hanks, Inc. (NYSE:HHS), interCLICK Inc (NASDAQ:ICLK), National CineMedia, Inc. (NASDAQ:NCMI), SuperMedia Inc (NASDAQ:SPMD), Lamar Advertising Company (NASDAQ:LAMR), AOL Inc (NYSE:AOL), Digital River (NASDAQ:DRIV), Google (NASDAQ:GOOG), Yahoo (NASDAQ:YHOO), Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc. (NYSE:IPG), and Omnicom Group Inc. (NYSE:OMC).

The Western Union Company (NYSE:WU) will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, February 7, 2012. The average estimate of analysts is for net income of 41 cents per share, a rise of 7.9% from the company’s actual earnings for the same quarter a year ago. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved up from 39 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate was unchanged. It has risen during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting profit of $1.58 per share, a rise of 11.3% from last year.

The company met estimates last quarter after beating the forecasts in the prior two. In the third quarter, the company reported net income of 40 cents per share versus a mean estimate of profit of 40 cents per share. In the second quarter, the company beat estimates by 5 cents. Analysts are projecting a rise of 5.9% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $1.44 billion.

Competitors to Watch: MoneyGram Intl., Inc. (NYSE:MGI), Euronet Worldwide, Inc. (NASDAQ:EEFT), MasterCard Incorporated (NYSE:MA), Visa (NYSE:V), Discover (NYSE:DFS), American Express (NYSE:AXP), Wright Express Corporation (NYSE:WXS), Heartland Payment Systems, Inc. (NYSE:HPY), Global Payments Inc. (NYSE:GPN), Newtek Business Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:NEWT), FleetCor Tech., Inc. (NYSE:FLT), Green Dot Corporation (NYSE:GDOT), and M&F Worldwide Corp. (NYSE:MFW).

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