United Parcel Service, Inc. Third Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component United Parcel Service, Inc. (NYSE:UPS) will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, October 25, 2011. United Parcel Service offers services in the package and freight delivery industry.

United Parcel Service, Inc. Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for profit of $1.05 per share, a rise of 12.9% 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 $1.12. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It also has dropped from $1.06 during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 19.1% versus last year to $4.24.

Past Earnings Performance: The company has beaten estimates the last four quarters and is coming off a quarter where it topped forecasts by one cent, reporting net income of $1.05 per share against a mean estimate of profit of $1.04 per share.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts are projecting a rise of 8% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $13.17 billion.

Analyst Ratings: 18 out of 23 analysts surveyed (78.3%) have a buy rating on United Parcel Service.. This is below the mean analyst rating of eight competitors, which average 84.6% buy ratings.

A Look Back: In the second quarter, profit rose 25.8% to $1.06 billion ($1.07 a share) from $845 million (84 cents a share) the year earlier, exceeding analyst expectations. Revenue rose 8.1% to $13.19 billion from $12.2 billion.

Key Stats:

The company has seen net income rise in three straight quarters. Net income rose 66% in the first quarter and 47.8% in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year.

Revenue has risen the past four quarters. Revenue rose 7.3% in the first quarter from the year earlier, climbed 8.4% in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year from the year-ago quarter and 9.3% in the third quarter of the last fiscal year.

Competitors to Watch: FedEx Corporation (NYSE:FDX), Air Transport Services Group Inc. (NASDAQ:ATSG), Air T, Inc. (NASDAQ:AIRT).

Stock Price Performance: During August 23, 2011 to October 19, 2011, the stock price had risen $4.98 (7.8%) from $63.84 to $68.82. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between June 16, 2011 and June 23, 2011 when shares rose for six-straight days, rising 3.3% (+$2.25) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between July 21, 2011 and July 28, 2011 when shares fell for six-straight days, falling 7.1% (-$5.22) over that span. Shares are down $2.18 (-3.1%) year to date.

(Source: Xignite Financials)

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