These Utility Stocks are Worth Examining Before Earnings

Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:POM) will unveil its latest earnings on Friday, November 4, 2011. The average estimate of analysts is for net income of 41 cents per share, a decline of 21.2% 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 45 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has risen from 39 cents during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 0% versus last year to $1.24.

The company has beaten estimates the last four quarters and is coming off a quarter where it topped forecasts by 11 cents, reporting profit of 42 cents per share against a mean estimate of net income of 31 cents per share. On average, analysts predict $2 billion in revenue this quarter, a decline of 3.4% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $6.48 billion for the year, a decline of 8% from last year’s revenue of $7.04 billion.

Competitors to Watch: Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. (NYSE:PEG), NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE:NEE), FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE:FE), Northeast Utilities System (NYSE:NU), Constellation Energy Group, Inc. (NYSE:CEG), DPL Inc. (NYSE:DPL), The Southern Company (NYSE:SO), Consolidated Edison, Inc. (NYSE:ED), Exelon Corporation (NYSE:EXC), and Duke Energy Corporation (NYSE:DUK).

The AES Corp (NYSE:AES) will unveil its latest earnings on Friday, November 4, 2011. The average estimate of analysts is for profit of 24 cents per share, a rise of 20% from the company’s actual earnings for the same quarter a year ago. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 9.6% versus last year to $1.03.

The company is looking to make a streak of three quarters of beating estimates. Last quarter, it beat expectations by reporting net income of 28 cents per share, and the previous quarter, it had profit of 29 cents. Analysts are bullish on this stock with four analysts rating it as a buy, none rating it as a sell and none rating it as a hold.

Competitors to Watch: DPL Inc. (NYSE:DPL), NRG Energy, Inc. (NYSE:NRG), Constellation Energy Group, Inc. (NYSE:CEG), Companhia Energetica Minas Gerais (NYSE:CIG), Dynegy Inc. (NYSE:DYN), Enersis S.A. (NYSE:ENI), EDENOR S.A. (NYSE:EDN), Duke Energy Corporation (NYSE:DUK), Intl. Power plc (IPRPY), and Empresa Nacional de Electricidad (NYSE:EOC).

NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE:NEE) will unveil its latest earnings on Friday, November 4, 2011. The average estimate of analysts is for profit of $1.42 per share, a decline of 2.1% 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 $1.52. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It also has dropped from $1.45 during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting net income of $4.45 per share, a rise of 3.5% from last year.

Last quarter, the company topped expectations by 9 cents, coming in at profit of $1.18 per share versus a mean estimate of net income of $1.09 per share. This followed two straight quarters of missing estimates. On average, analysts predict $4.44 billion in revenue this quarter, a decline of 5.3% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $15.76 billion for the year, a rise of 2.9% from last year’s revenue of $15.32 billion.

Competitors to Watch: Exelon Corporation (NYSE:EXC), El Paso Electric Company (NYSE:EE), Entergy Corporation (NYSE:ETR), The Southern Company (NYSE:SO), FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE:FE), PPL Corporation (NYSE:PPL), Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:POM), American Electric Power Co., Inc. (NYSE:AEP), Northeast Utilities System (NYSE:NU), and Constellation Energy Group, Inc. (NYSE:CEG).