Royal Gold and Zillow in Earnings Preview Spotlight

Royal Gold, Inc. (NASDAQ:RGLD) will unveil its latest earnings on Thursday, February 2, 2012. The average estimate of analysts is for profit of 48 cents per share, a rise of 45.5% 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 61 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It also has dropped from 50 cents during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting net income of $2.02 per share, a rise of 56.6% from last year.

Last quarter, the company showed profit of 42 cents per share in the first quarter to fall in line with expectations, the company beat estimates by one cent in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year. This comes after the company failed to meet analysts’ expectations in the previous two. On average, analysts predict $73.3 million in revenue this quarter, a rise of 30.2% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $287.2 million for the year, a rise of 32.7% from last year’s revenue of $216.5 million.

Competitors to Watch: Newmont Mining Corporation (NYSE:NEM), U.S. Gold Corporation (NYSE:UXG), Allied Nevada Gold Corp. (AMEX:ANV), Barrick Gold Corp. (NYSE:ABX), Coeur d’Alene Mines Corp. (NYSE:CDE), Rio Tinto plc (NYSE:RIO), Vista Gold Corp. (AMEX:VGZ), and Paramount Gold and Silver Corp. (AMEX:PZG).

Zillow Inc. (NASDAQ:Z) will unveil its latest earnings on Thursday, February 2, 2012. The average estimate of analysts is for a loss of 3 cents per share, a wider loss from the year earlier quarter net loss of one cent. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved down from breaking even. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has been unchanged at a loss of 3 cents during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting profit of 5 cents per share, a swing from net loss of 9 cents last year.

The company beat estimates last quarter by reporting net income of 5 cents per share against a mean estimate of profit of one cent. Analysts are bullish on Zillow as two analysts rate it as a buy, one rates it as a sell and two rate it as a hold.

Competitors to Watch: Market Leader, Inc. (NASDAQ:LEDR), Move Inc. (NASDAQ:MOVE), LoopNet, Inc. (NASDAQ:LOOP), HomeAway, Inc. (NASDAQ:AWAY), Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO), Linkedin Corporation (NYSE:LNKD), SouFun Holdings Ltd. (NYSE:SFUN), ZipRealty, Inc. (NASDAQ:ZIPR), DICE HOLDINGS, INC. (NYSE:DHX), and Monster Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:MWW).

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