The Travelers Companies Inc. First Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component The Travelers Companies, Inc. (AMEX:TRV) will unveil its latest earnings on Thursday, April 19, 2012. The Travelers Companies is a holding company that is engaged in providing commercial and personal property and casualty insurance products and services to businesses, government units, associations and individuals.

The Travelers Companies, Inc. Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for net income of $1.50 per share, a decline of 20.6% 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 $1.54. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has risen from $1.49 during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting profit of $5.76 per share, a rise of 75.6% from last year.

Past Earnings Performance: For the past three quarters, the company’s quarterly results have come in below analyst’s expectations. Last quarter, the company reported net income of $1.48 per share versus a mean estimate of profit of $1.51 per share.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts predict a rise of 5% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $5.71 billion.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts are high on the stock, with 11 analysts rating it as a buy, three rating it as a sell and seven rating it as a hold.

A Look Back: In the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year, profit fell 30.9% to $618 million ($1.48 a share) from $894 million ($1.94 a share) the year earlier, missing analyst expectations. Revenue rose 0.6% to $6.37 billion from $6.33 billion.

Key Stats:

On the top line, the company is hoping to build on a revenue increase last quarter. Revenue fell 1.2% in the third quarter of the last fiscal year after increasing in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year of the last fiscal year.

Stock Price Performance: Between January 18, 2012 and April 13, 2012, the stock price fell $1.34 (-2.3%), from $59.46 to $58.12. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between January 27, 2012 and February 3, 2012, when shares rose for six straight days, increasing 3.6% (+$2.06) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between April 2, 2012 and April 10, 2012 when shares fell for six straight days, dropping 2.7% (-$1.58) over that span.

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

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