The Chubb Corp Fourth Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component The Chubb Corp (NYSE:CB) will unveil its latest earnings on Thursday, January 26, 2012. Chubb is a holding company that provides property and casualty insurance business to a wide range of customers.

The Chubb Corp Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet.

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for profit of $1.60 per share, a decline of 5.3% 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 $1.63. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It also has dropped from $1.61 during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting net income of $5.07 per share, a decline of 14.1% from last year.

Past Earnings Performance: The company has beaten estimates the last four quarters and is coming off a quarter where it topped forecasts by 6 cents, reporting profit of 88 cents per share against a mean estimate of net income of 82 cents per share.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts are projecting a rise of 2.5% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $2.92 billion.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts are bullish on this stock with 11 analysts rating it as a buy, three rating it as a sell and six rating it as a hold.

A Look Back: In the third quarter, profit fell 47.9% to $298 million ($1.04 a share) from $572 million ($1.80 a share) the year earlier, but exceeded analyst expectations. Revenue rose 4.7% to $3.42 billion from $3.27 billion.

Key Stats:

The company has seen net income fall in each of the last two quarters. Net income dropped 19.1% in the second quarter.

Revenue has gone up for three straight quarters. It rose 2.5% in the second quarter from the year earlier and 2.9% in the first quarter.

Competitors to Watch: American Financial Group (NYSE:AFG), The Travelers Companies, Inc. (NYSE:TRV), CNA Financial Corporation (NYSE:CNA), White Mountains Insurance Group, Ltd. (NYSE:WTM), RLI Corp. (NYSE:RLI), Loews Corporation (NYSE:L), HCC Insurance Hldgs., Inc. (NYSE:HCC), W.R. Berkley Corporation (NYSE:WRB), OneBeacon Insurance Group, Ltd. (NYSE:OB), and Arch Capital Group Ltd. (NASDAQ:ACGL).

Stock Price Performance: During November 21, 2011 to January 20, 2012, the stock price had risen $6.91 (10.8%) from $64.06 to $70.97. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between April 19, 2011 and May 2, 2011 when shares rose for nine-straight days, rising 7.8% (+$4.65) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between July 22, 2011 and August 2, 2011 when shares fell for eight-straight days, falling 3.9% (-$2.50) over that span.

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

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