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Changyou.com Limited (NASDAQ:CYOU) will unveil its latest earnings on Monday, February 6, 2012. The average estimate of analysts is for net income of $1.08 per share, a rise of 20% from the company’s actual earnings for the same quarter a year ago. The average estimate is the same as three months ago. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate was unchanged. It also has not changed during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting profit of $4.08 per share, a rise of 24% from last year.

The company has beaten estimates the last four quarters and is coming off a quarter where it topped forecasts by one cent, reporting net income of 99 cents per share against a mean estimate of profit of 98 cents per share. Analysts are projecting a rise of 37.5% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $124.1 million.

Competitors to Watch: The9 Limited (NASDAQ:NCTY), Shanda Games Limited (NASDAQ:GAME), Giant Interactive Group Inc (NYSE:GA), Perfect World Co., Ltd. (NASDAQ:PWRD), Shanda Interactive Entertainment Ltd ADR (NASDAQ:SNDA), NetEase.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:NTES), Gravity Co., LTD. (NASDAQ:GRVY), and Sohu.com Inc. (NASDAQ:SOHU).

Nielsen Holdings (NYSE:NLSN) will unveil its latest earnings on Monday, February 6, 2012. The average estimate of analysts is for net income of 48 cents per share, a rise of more than twofold from the company’s actual earnings for the same quarter a year ago. The average estimate is the same as three months ago. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved up. It has dropped from 49 cents during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 104% versus last year to $1.53.

Last quarter, the company beat estimates by 6 cents, coming in at profit of 47 cents per share against an estimate of net income of. The company also topped expectations in the second quarter. On average, analysts predict $1.46 billion in revenue this quarter, a rise of 6.6% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $5.57 billion for the year, a rise of 8.6% from last year’s revenue of $5.13 billion.

Competitors to Watch: Arbitron Inc. (NYSE:ARB), COMSCORE, Inc. (NASDAQ:SCOR), WPP PLC (NASDAQ:WPPGY), Forrester Research, Inc. (NASDAQ:FORR), Weborama SA (ALWEB), Ipsos SA (NYSE:IPS), UBM Plc (NYSE:UBM) and Arteria SA (AMEX:ARR).

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