Nasdaq Stock Market Inc. Third Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component Nasdaq Stock Market, Inc. (NASDAQ:NDAQ) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, October 26, 2011. NASDAQ OMX Group delivers trading, securities listing, exchange technology, and public company services across six continents.

Nasdaq Stock Market, Inc. Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for net income of 67 cents per share, a rise of 34% 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 61 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved up. It has risen from 65 cents during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 27.3% versus last year to $2.52.

Past Earnings Performance: The company has beaten estimates the last four quarters and is coming off a quarter where it topped forecasts by 2 cents, reporting profit of 62 cents per share against a mean estimate of net income of 60 cents per share.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts are projecting a rise of 16.9% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $434.9 million.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts are bullish on this stock with 10 analysts rating it as a buy, none rating it as a sell and four rating it as a hold. Over the past 90 days, the average rating for the stock has moved up from hold to moderate buy.

A Look Back: In the second quarter, profit fell 4.2% to $92 million (51 cents a share) from $96 million (46 cents a share) the year earlier, but exceeded analyst expectations. Revenue fell 4.3% to $838 million from $876 million.

Key Stats:

The decrease in profit in the second quarter broke a streak of three consecutive quarters of year-over-year profit increases. Net income rose 70.5% in the first quarter, more than threefold in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year and 68.3% in the third quarter of the last fiscal year.

Revenue fell in the second quarter after seeing a rise the quarter before. In the first quarter, revenue rose 6.9%.

Competitors to Watch: NYSE Euronext (NYSE:NYX), IntercontinentalExchange, Inc. (NYSE:ICE), CBOE Holdings, Inc (NASDAQ:CBOE), CME Group Inc. (NASDAQ:CME), Deutsche Boerse AG (DB1), MarketAxess Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:MKTX), Forestar Group Inc. (NYSE:FOR), London Stock Exchange Group Plc (NYSE:LSE), The Parent Company (KIDSQ), and Singapore Exchange Limited (S68).

Stock Price Performance: During August 24, 2011 to October 20, 2011, the stock price had risen $2.05 (8.9%) from $23.05 to $25.10. 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. Shares are up $1.37 (+5.8%) year to date.

(Source: Xignite Financials)

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