Tech Stocks on the Brink of Reporting Earnings

Demand Media (NYSE:DMD) will unveil its latest earnings on Thursday, February 16, 2012. The average estimate of analysts is for a loss of one cent per share, a narrower loss from the year-earlier quarter net loss of 40 cents. The average estimate is the same as three months ago. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate was unchanged. It also has not changed during the last month.

The company topped forecasts last quarter after being in line with estimates the quarter prior. In the third quarter, it reported net loss of 2 cents per share versus a mean estimate of 4 cents. Two quarters ago, it reported a loss of one cent per share. Analysts are high on the stock, with seven analysts rating it as a buy, one rating it as a sell and one rating it as a hold.

Competitors to Watch: Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG), AOL, Inc. (NYSE:AOL), Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO), IAC/InterActiveCorp (NASDAQ:IACI), Answers Corporation (NASDAQ:ANSW), WebMD Health Corp. (NASDAQ:WBMD), Baidu.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:BIDU), Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), Ancestry.com Inc (NASDAQ:ACOM), and WebMediaBrands Inc (NASDAQ:WEBM).

Rovi Corporation (NASDAQ:ROVI) will unveil its latest earnings on Thursday, February 16, 2012. The average estimate of analysts is for profit of 45 cents per share, no change 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 48 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has risen from 43 cents during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 14.5% versus last year to $1.98.

The company has missed estimates in the last two quarters. In the third quarter, it missed the mark by 16 cents as a result of reporting net income of 30 cents against an estimate of profit of 46 cents per share. In the second quarter, the company fell short of forecasts by 8 cents. Analysts predict a rise of 38.2% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $193.7 million.

Competitors to Watch: Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN), Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), TiVo Inc. (NASDAQ:TIVO), News Corporation (NASDAQ:NWSA), HSW International, Inc. (NASDAQ:HSWI), Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. (NYSE:MSO), Meredith Corporation (NYSE:MDP), PRIMEDIA Inc. (NYSE:PRM), and Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS).

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