Stifel Financial Corp. Third Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

Stifel Financial Corp. (NYSE:SF) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, November 9, 2011. Stifel Financial, through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, is primarily engaged in financial services such as retail brokerage, securities trading, investment banking, investment advisory, retail, and consumer and commercial banking.

Stifel Financial Corp. Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for net income of 41 cents per share, a decline of 14.6% 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 60 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It also has dropped from 45 cents during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 9.7% versus last year to $1.95.

Past Earnings Performance: Last quarter, the company missed estimates by 5 cents, coming in at profit of 50 cents per share against an estimate of net income of. In the first quarter, the company also missed expectations.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts are projecting a rise of 0.4% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $341.8 million.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts are bullish on this stock with four analysts rating it as a buy, none rating it as a sell and two 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 83.8% to $3.4 million (5 cents a share) from $21.1 million (40 cents a share) the year earlier, missing analyst expectations. Revenue rose 10.6% to $365.2 million from $330.4 million.

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 18.1%, with the biggest boost coming in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year when revenue rose 25.7% from the year earlier quarter.

Competitors to Watch: Oppenheimer Hldgs. Inc. (NYSE:OPY), Raymond James Financial, Inc. (NYSE:RJF), Siebert Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:SIEB), Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services (AMEX:LTS), Rodman & Renshaw Capital Group Inc. (NASDAQ:RODM), Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS), Bank of America (NYSE:BAC), Citigroup (NYSE:C), JP Morgan (NYSE:JPM), TD Ameritrade Holding Corp. (NASDAQ:AMTD), Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (NYSE:GS), and Knight Capital Group Inc. (NYSE:KCG).

Stock Price Performance: During September 9, 2011 to November 4, 2011, the stock price had risen $4.50 (16.6%) from $27.13 to $31.63. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between February 9, 2011 and February 18, 2011 when shares rose for eight-straight days, rising 13.5% (+$5.86) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between April 26, 2011 and May 11, 2011 when shares fell for 12-straight days, falling 10.6% (-$4.92) over that span. Shares are down $9.73 (-23.5%) year to date.

(Source: Xignite Financials)

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