Investors Cautious on These Stocks Prior to Earnings Reports

Capstone Turbine Corp (NASDAQ:CPST) will unveil its latest earnings on Thursday, February 9, 2012. The average estimate of analysts is for net loss of 2 cents per share, a narrower loss from the year earlier quarter net loss of 3 cents. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved down from a loss of one cent. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has been unchanged at a loss of 2 cents during the last month.

The company fell short of estimates last quarter after being in line with forecasts the quarter prior. In the second quarter, it reported a loss of 3 cents per share versus a mean estimate of 2 cents. Two quarters ago, it reported net loss of 3 cents per share. On average, analysts predict $29.4 million in revenue this quarter, a rise of 21.6% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $111 million for the year, a rise of 35.6% from last year’s revenue of $81.9 million.

Competitors to Watch: Ocean Power Tech., Inc. (NASDAQ:OPTT), Broadwind Energy Inc. (NASDAQ:BWEN), Dresser-Rand Group Inc. (NYSE:DRC), Generac Holdings Inc. (NYSE:GNRC), Woodward Inc (WWD), Xzeres Corp. (XPWR), Helix Wind Corp (HLXW), Mass Megawatts Wind Power Inc (MMMW), GWS Technologies Inc (GWSC), and WindGen Energy Inc. (WGEI).

Pitney Bowes Inc. (NYSE:PBI) will unveil its latest earnings on Thursday, February 9, 2012. The average estimate of analysts is for profit of 60 cents per share, a decline of 9.1% 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 62 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has been unchanged at 60 cents during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 3.6% versus last year to $2.31.

Last quarter, the company topped estimates by 0 cents, coming in at net income of 69 cents per share against a mean estimate of profit of 54 cents. The company fell in line with estimates in the second quarter. Analysts are projecting a decline of 4.2% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $1.37 billion.

Competitors to Watch: Ricoh Company Ltd. (RICOY), Xerox Corporation (NYSE:XRX), ACCO Brands Corporation (NYSE:ABD), Smith Corona Corporation (SITM), Innovative Impact Design, Inc. (IIDG), Gunther International Ltd. (SORT), and Oce N.V. (OCENY).

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