Sears Holdings Corp Third Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component Sears Holdings Corp (NASDAQ:SHLD) will unveil its latest earnings on Thursday, November 17, 2011. Sears Holdings is a retail conglomerate with full-line and specialty retail stores in the United States and Canada. It is the holding company of Kmart Holding Corporation and Sears, Roebuck and Co. Its three reportable segments are Kmart, Sears Domestic and Sears Canada.

Sears Holdings Corp Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for net loss of $2.14 per share, a wider loss from the year earlier quarter net loss of $1.97. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved up from a loss of $2.32. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved up. It has been unchanged at a loss of $2.14 during the last month. Analysts are projecting a loss of $1.79 per share versus profit of $2.07 last year.

Past Earnings Performance: The company is looking to top analyst estimates this quarter after trailing for the two previous quarters. Last quarter, it missed estimates by reporting net loss of $1.13 per share against an estimate of a loss of 64 cents per share. The quarter before that, it missed expectations by 17 cents.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts are projecting a decline of 1.1% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $9.57 billion.

A Look Back: In the second quarter, the company’s loss widened to a loss of a $146 million ($1.37 a share) from a loss of $39 million (35 cents) a year earlier, missing analyst expectations. Revenue fell 1.2% to $10.33 billion from $10.46 billion.

Key Stats:

Revenue has fallen in the past four quarters. Revenue declined 3.4% in the first quarter from the year earlier, dropped 0.8% in fourth quarter of the last fiscal year from the year-ago quarter and 5% in the third quarter of the last fiscal year.

Competitors to Watch: J.C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE:JCP), Kohl’s Corporation (NYSE:KSS), Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE:M), Dillard’s, Inc. (NYSE:DDS), Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT), Saks Incorporated (NYSE:SKS), The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ:BONT), Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT),, Inc. (NASDAQ:OSTK), and Nordstrom, Inc. (NYSE:JWN).

Stock Price Performance: During August 18, 2011 to November 11, 2011, the stock price had risen $19.11 (34.6%) from $55.23 to $74.34. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between October 13, 2011 and October 19, 2011 when shares rose for five-straight days, rising 7.4% (+$5.15) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between March 30, 2011 and April 8, 2011 when shares fell for eight-straight days, falling 6.1% (-$5.07) over that span. Shares are up 59 cents (+0.8%) year to date.

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

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