The NASDAQ OMX Group Inc. Earnings: The Profit Streak Continues

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component The NASDAQ OMX Group Inc. (NASDAQ:NDAQ) reported its results for the fourth quarter. NASDAQ OMX Group delivers trading, securities listing, exchange technology, and public company services across six continents.

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The NASDAQ OMX Group Earnings Cheat Sheet for the Fourth Quarter

Results: Net income for the diversified investments company fell to $82 million (45 cents per share) vs. $137 million (69 cents per share) a year earlier. This is a decline of 40.1% from the year earlier quarter.

Revenue: Rose 7.7% to $698 million from the year earlier quarter.

Actual vs. Wall St. Expectations: NDAQ reported adjusted net income of 63 cents per share. By that measure, the company beat the mean estimate of 62 cents per share. It beat the average revenue estimate of $417.9 million.

Quoting Management: Bob Greifeld, Chief Executive Officer and President, NASDAQ OMX said, “In 2011, our strategic decision-making continued to pay off as we achieved double digit growth in revenues and earnings. Investments in new initiatives, contributions from acquisitions, and capital deployment decisions all contributed to our success despite the backdrop of a difficult macroeconomic environment. As we enter 2012, we remain committed to our strategic plan to ensure that we’re well positioned for continued growth.”

Key Stats:

The company beat estimates last quarter after being in line with expectations in the third quarter with net income of 67 cents per share.

Net income has increased 50.7% year over year on average across the last five quarters. The biggest gain came in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year, when income climbed more than threefold from the year earlier quarter.

Looking Forward: Analysts appear increasingly negative about the company’s results for the next quarter. The average estimate for the first quarter of the next fiscal year has moved down from 69 cents a share to 68 cents over the last thirty days. At $2.51 per share, the average estimate for the fiscal year has fallen from $2.53 ninety days ago.

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

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