The DIRECTV Group Inc. Third Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component The DIRECTV Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:DTV) will unveil its latest earnings on Thursday, November 3, 2011. DIRECTV acquires and distributes digital entertainment programming in the U.S. and Latin America. .

The DIRECTV Group, Inc. Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for profit of 73 cents per share, a rise of 32.7% 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 74 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate was unchanged. It has since dropped over the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting net income of $3.35 per share, a rise of 35.1% from last year.

Past Earnings Performance: Last quarter, the company reported profit of 91 cents per share versus a mean estimate of net income of. The company has beaten estimates for the past three quarters.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: On average, analysts predict $6.74 billion in revenue this quarter, a rise of 12% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $26.91 billion for the year, a rise of 11.7% from last year’s revenue of $24.1 billion.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts are bullish on this stock with 13 analysts rating it as a buy, none rating it as a sell and nine rating it as a hold.

A Look Back: In the second quarter, profit rose 29.1% to $701 million (91 cents a share) from $543 million (60 cents a share) the year earlier, exceeding analyst expectations. Revenue rose 12.9% to $6.6 billion from $5.85 billion.

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 11.6%, with the biggest boost coming in the most recent quarter when revenue rose 12.9% from the year earlier quarter.

Competitors to Watch: DISH Network Corp. (NASDAQ:DISH), Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA), Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE:TWC), Grupo Televisa, S.A. (NYSE:TV), Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE:CVC), Hughes Communications Inc. (NASDAQ:HUGH), Fisher Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:FSCI), Liberty Global Inc. (NASDAQ:LBTYA), and Mediacom Communications Corp. (NASDAQ:MCCC).

Stock Price Performance: During September 30, 2011 to October 28, 2011, the stock price had risen $3.26 (7.7%) from $42.27 to $45.53. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between April 18, 2011 and May 2, 2011 when shares rose for 10-straight days, rising 6.4% (+$2.95) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between July 26, 2011 and August 2, 2011 when shares fell for six-straight days, falling 5.8% (-$3.02) over that span. Shares are up $5.60 (+14%) year to date.

(Source: Xignite Financials)

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