The Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc. First Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component The Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc. (NYSE:IPG) will unveil its latest earnings on Thursday, April 26, 2012. The Interpublic Group of Companies is an advertising and marketing services company that specializes in consumer advertising, interactive marketing and media planning.

The Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc. Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

During the past three months, the average estimate has moved down from a loss of 8 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has been unchanged at a loss of 10 cents during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 7.9% versus last year to 82 cents.

Past Earnings Performance: Last quarter, the company beat estimates by 10 cents, coming in at net income of 49 cents per share against an estimate of profit of. The company also topped expectations in the third quarter of the last fiscal year.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts are projecting a rise of 2% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $1.5 billion.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts are bullish on this stock, with 14 analysts rating it as a buy, one rating it as a sell and one rating it as a hold.

A Look Back: In the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year, profit rose 32.3% to $261.9 million (49 cents a share) from $197.9 million (36 cents a share) the year earlier, exceeding analyst expectations. Revenue rose 3% to $2.07 billion from $2.01 billion.

Stock Price Performance: Between March 22, 2012 and April 20, 2012, the stock price dropped 55 cents (-4.8%), from $11.42 to $10.87. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between December 28, 2011 and January 10, 2012, when shares rose for nine straight days, increasing 11.8% (+$1.11) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between November 11, 2011 and November 23, 2011 when shares fell for nine straight days, dropping 13.1% (-$1.24) over that span.

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

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