Rockwell Automation Inc. Fourth Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component Rockwell Automation Inc. (NYSE:ROK) will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, November 8, 2011. Rockwell Automation provides industrial automation power, control and information solutions to customers in the manufacturing sector.

Rockwell Automation Inc. Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for net income of $1.22 per share, a rise of 34.1% 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 $1.23. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has been unchanged at $1.22 during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 51.1% versus last year to $4.61.

Past Earnings Performance: The company’s quarterly results have come in above estimates for the last three quarters. Last quarter, the company booked profit of $1.22 per share versus a mean estimate of net income of $1.19 per share.

Investing Insights: Here’s Why Chipotle’s Stock Keeps Winning.

Wall St. Revenue Expectations: On average, analysts predict $1.55 billion in revenue this quarter, a rise of 14% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $5.9 billion for the year, a rise of 21.4% from last year’s revenue of $4.86 billion.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts are bullish on Rockwell Automation as five analysts rate it as a buy, none rate it as a sell and five rate it as a hold.

A Look Back: In the third quarter, profit rose 50.3% to $179.5 million ($1.23 a share) from $119.4 million (83 cents a share) the year earlier, exceeding analyst expectations. Revenue rose 19.6% to $1.52 billion from $1.27 billion.

Key Stats:

The company has enjoyed double-digit year-over-year percentage revenue growth for the past four quarters. Over that span, the company has averaged growth of 24.9%, with the biggest boost coming in the first quarter when revenue rose 27.9% from the year earlier quarter.

The company has seen net income rise in three straight quarters. Net income rose 21.5% in the second quarter and 96% in the first quarter.

Competitors to Watch: Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), AMETEK, Inc. (NYSE:AME), Parker-Hannifin Corp. (NYSE:PH), Honeywell Intl. Inc. (NYSE:HON), Perceptron, Inc. (NASDAQ:PRCP), Aspen Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:AZPN), Emerson Electric Co. (NYSE:EMR), Baldwin Technology Co. (AMEX:BLD), Hollysys Automation Tech. Ltd (NASDAQ:HOLI), and Newport Corporation (NASDAQ:NEWP).

Stock Price Performance: During September 7, 2011 to November 2, 2011, the stock price had risen $9.88 (16.7%) from $59.25 to $69.13. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between February 4, 2011 and February 14, 2011 when shares rose for seven-straight days, rising 8% (+$6.50) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between July 21, 2011 and August 2, 2011 when shares fell for nine-straight days, falling 19.3% (-$16.03) over that span. Shares are down $1.47 (-2.1%) year to date.

(Source: Xignite Financials)

Investing Insights: Here’s Why Chipotle’s Stock Keeps Winning.