The Interpublic Group of Companies Inc. Third Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component The Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc. (NYSE:IPG) will unveil its latest earnings on Friday, October 28, 2011. 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

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for profit of 10 cents per share, a rise of 25% 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 12 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It also has dropped from 11 cents during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting net income of 61 cents per share, a rise of 24.5% from last year.

Past Earnings Performance: Last quarter, the company missed estimates by one cent, coming in at profit of 19 cents per share versus a mean estimate of net income of 20 cents per share. In the first quarter, the company beat estimates by one cent.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts are projecting a rise of 5.8% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $1.65 billion.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts are bullish on this stock with 12 analysts rating it as a buy, none rating it as a sell and three rating it as a hold.

A Look Back: In the second quarter, profit rose 26.8% to $104.6 million (19 cents a share) from $82.5 million (15 cents a share) the year earlier, but fell short analyst expectations. Revenue rose 7.6% to $1.74 billion from $1.62 billion.

Key Stats:

Revenue has risen the past four quarters. Revenue rose 10% in the first quarter from the year earlier, climbed 11.7% in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year from the year-ago quarter and 9.4% in the third quarter of the last fiscal year.

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Stock Price Performance: During September 26, 2011 to October 24, 2011, the stock price had risen $1.30 (17.4%) from $7.45 to $8.75. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between June 24, 2011 and July 5, 2011 when shares rose for seven-straight days, rising 11.3% (+$1.28) 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 28.6% (-$3.59) over that span. Shares are down $1.68 (-16.1%) year to date.

(Source: Xignite Financials)

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