Traders Analyze These Consumer Stocks Ahead of Earnings

Vitamin Shoppe (NYSE:VSI) will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, May 8, 2012. The average estimate of analysts is for net income of 57 cents per share, a rise of 16.3% from the company’s actual earnings for the same quarter a year ago. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved up from 56 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved up. It has been unchanged at 57 cents during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 12% versus last year to $1.86.

The company has beaten estimates the last four quarters and is coming off a quarter where it topped forecasts by 6 cents, reporting profit of 38 cents per share against a mean estimate of net income of 32 cents per share. Analysts predict a rise of 10.5% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $239.7 million.

OfficeMax, Inc. (NYSE:OMX) will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, May 8, 2012. The average analyst estimate is for net income of 16 cents per share, a rise of 23.1% from the company’s actual earnings for the year-ago quarter. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved up from 15 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved up. It has been unchanged at 16 cents during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting profit of 61 cents per share, no change from last year.

Last quarter, the company reported net income of 17 cents per share versus a mean estimate of profit of. The company has beaten estimates for the past three quarters. On average, analysts predict $1.87 billion in revenue this quarter, a rise of 0.5% from the year-ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $7.06 billion for the year, a decline of 0.8% from last year’s revenue of $7.12 billion.

The E.W. Scripps Company (NYSE:SSP) will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, May 8, 2012. The average estimate of analysts is for a loss of 2 cents per share, a narrower loss from the year-earlier quarter net loss of 13 cents. For the year, analysts are projecting net income of 67 cents per share, a spike from net loss of 15 cents last year.

Last quarter, the company beat estimates by one cent, coming in at profit of 11 cents per share against an estimate of net income of. The company also topped expectations in the third quarter of the last fiscal year. Analysts predict a rise of 12.1% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $202.2 million.

Fossil, Inc. (NASDAQ:FOSL) will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, May 8, 2012. The average estimate of analysts is for profit of 92 cents per share, a rise of 7% 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 98 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has been unchanged at 92 cents during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 20.8% versus last year to $5.57.

Last quarter, the company beat estimates by 10 cents, coming in at net income of $1.87 a share versus the estimate of profit of $1.77 a share. It marked the fourth straight quarter of beating estimates. On average, analysts predict $617.6 million in revenue this quarter, a rise of 15% from the year-ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $3 billion for the year, a rise of 16.7% from last year’s revenue of $2.57 billion.

Chiquita Brands International Inc. (NYSE:CQB) will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, May 8, 2012. The average analyst estimate is for net income of 32 cents per share, a decline of 43.9% from the company’s actual earnings for the year-ago quarter. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved up from 31 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved up. It has dropped from 34 cents during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 8.4% compared to last year’s 90 cents.

The company beat estimates last quarter after falling short in the prior two. In the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year, the company reported net loss of 12 cents per share versus a mean estimate of a loss of 17 cents per share. In the third quarter of the last fiscal year, the company missed estimates by 3 cents. On average, analysts predict $768 million in revenue this quarter, a decline of 6.8% from the year-ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $3.09 billion for the year, a decline of 1.6% from last year’s revenue of $3.14 billion.