NASDAQ OMX Group Fourth Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component Nasdaq OMX Group (NASDAQ:NDAQ) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, February 1, 2012. NASDAQ OMX Group delivers trading, securities listing, exchange technology, and public company services across six continents.

Nasdaq OMX Group Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for profit of 61 cents per share, a rise of 10.9% 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 64 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It also has dropped from 63 cents during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting net income of $2.51 per share, a rise of 26.8% from last year.

Past Earnings Performance: Last quarter, the company saw profit of 67 cents per share versus a mean estimate of net income of 67 cents per share. This comes after two consecutive quarters of exceeding expectations.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts are projecting a rise of 4.5% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $417.9 million.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts are bullish on this stock with 12 analysts rating it as a buy, none rating it as a sell and three rating it as a hold.

A Look Back: In the third quarter, profit rose 8.9% to $110 million (61 cents a share) from $101 million (50 cents a share) the year earlier, meeting analyst expectations. Revenue rose 26% to $946 million from $751 million.

Key Stats:

The company has now been profitable for the last eight quarters, and for the last four, profit has risen year over year by an average of 73.5%. The quarter with the biggest boost was the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year, which saw a more than threefold surge.

Revenue rose in the third quarter after seeing a drop the quarter before. In the second quarter, revenue fell 4.3%.

Competitors to Watch: NYSE Euronext (NYSE:NYX), IntercontinentalExchange, Inc. (NYSE:ICE), CBOE Holdings, Inc (NASDAQ:CBOE), CME Group Inc. (NASDAQ:CME), MarketAxess Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:MKTX), Forestar Group Inc. (NYSE:FOR), London Stock Exchange Group Plc (NYSE:LSE).

Stock Price Performance: During December 27, 2011 to January 26, 2012, the stock price had risen $1.20 (4.9%) from $24.63 to $25.83. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between June 23, 2011 and July 5, 2011 when shares rose for eight-straight days, rising 12.5% (+$2.92) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between August 15, 2011 and August 22, 2011 when shares fell for six-straight days, falling 11.2% (-$2.64) over that span.

(Company fundamentals by Xignite Financials. Earnings estimates provided by Zacks)

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