Travelers Cos Fourth Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component Travelers Cos (NYSE:TRV) will unveil its latest earnings tomorrow, Tuesday, January 22, 2013. 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.

Travelers Cos Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average analyst estimate is for net income of 4 cents per share, a decline of 97.3% from the company’s actual earnings for the year-ago quarter. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved down from $1.67. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has risen from 2 cents during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting profit of $5.63 per share, a rise of 71.6% from last year.

Last quarter, the company came in at net income of $2.22 per share against a mean estimate of profit of $1.60 per share, beating estimates after missing them in the previous quarter. In the second quarter, it missed forecasts by 11 cents.

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A Look Back: In the third quarter, profit rose more than twofold to $864 million ($2.21 a share) from $333 million (79 cents a share) the year earlier, exceeding analyst expectations. Revenue rose 1.6% to $6.51 billion from $6.41 billion.

Here’s how Travelers Companies traded following its last earnings report 3 months ago and leading up to its upcoming earnings report this week:

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Analyst Ratings: With 11 analysts rating the stock a buy, none rating it a sell and 10 rating the stock a hold, there are indications of a bullish stance by analysts. Over the last three months, the stock’s average rating has increased from hold to moderate buy.

Wall St. Revenue Expectations: On average, analysts predict $5.34 billion in revenue this quarter, a rise of 1.5% from the year-ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $22.37 billion for the year, a rise of 0.8% from last year’s revenue of $22.19 billion.

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On the top line, the company is hoping to build on a revenue increase last quarter. Revenue fell 0.5% in the second quarter after increasing in the third quarter.

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