Travelers and McDonald’s Stocks Generate Trading Interest Before Earnings

The Travelers Companies, Inc. (NYSE:TRV) will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, January 24, 2012. The average estimate of analysts is for profit of $1.51 per share, a decline of 20.1% 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 $1.58. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It also has dropped from $1.52 during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 47.3% versus last year to $3.30.

The company is looking to break the streak of missing estimates in the past two quarters. Last quarter, it fell short of analyst expectations by reporting net income of 79 cents per share against an estimate of profit of 92 cents per share. The quarter before that, it missed forecasts by 29 cents. Analysts are projecting a rise of 4.4% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $5.46 billion.

Competitors to Watch: American Financial Group (NYSE:AFG), White Mountains Insurance Group, Ltd. (NYSE:WTM), RLI Corp. (NYSE:RLI), The Chubb Corporation (NYSE:CB), W.R. Berkley Corporation (NYSE:WRB), CNA Financial Corporation (NYSE:CNA), XL Group plc (NYSE:XL), HCC Insurance Hldgs., Inc. (NYSE:HCC), and Markel Corporation (NYSE:MKL).

McDonald’s Corp (NYSE:MCD) will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, January 24, 2012. The average estimate of analysts is for profit of $1.29 per share, a rise of 12.2% 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 $1.27. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved up. It has been unchanged at $1.29 during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting net income of $5.23 per share, a rise of 13.9% from last year.

Last quarter, the company reported profit of $1.45 per share versus a mean estimate of net income of. The company has beaten estimates for the past three quarters. On average, analysts predict $6.78 billion in revenue this quarter, a rise of 9.2% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $26.96 billion for the year, a rise of 12% from last year’s revenue of $24.07 billion.

Competitors to Watch: Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE:CMG), Good Times Restaurants Inc. (NASDAQ:GTIMD), Carrols Restaurant Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:TAST), Tim Hortons Inc. (NYSE:THI), Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM), Jack in the Box Inc. (NASDAQ:JACK), Panera Bread Company (NASDAQ:PNRA), Nathan’s Famous, Inc. (NASDAQ:NATH), Wendy’s Arby’s Group Inc. (NYSE:WEN), Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ:SBUX), Sonic Corporation (NASDAQ:SONC) and Darden Restaurants (NYSE:DRI).

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