UPS Earnings on the Horizon

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component United Parcel Service (NYSE:UPS) will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, October 23, 2012. United Parcel Service offers services in the package and freight delivery industry.

United Parcel Service Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average analyst estimate is for profit of $1.06 per share, no change from the company’s actual earnings for the year-ago quarter. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved down from $1.20. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It also has dropped from $1.07 during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 5.1% versus last year to $4.57.

Past Earnings Performance: Last quarter, the company missed estimates by 3 cents, coming in at net income of $1.15 per share against an estimate of profit of. In the first quarter, the company also missed expectations.

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A Look Back: In the second quarter, profit rose 5% to $1.12 billion ($1.15 a share) from $1.06 billion ($1.07 a share) the year earlier, but fell short analyst expectations. Revenue rose 1.2% to $13.35 billion from $13.19 billion.

Stock Price Performance: Between August 21, 2012 and October 17, 2012, the stock price had fallen $2.61 (-3.4%), from $75.90 to $73.29. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between June 11, 2012 and June 20, 2012, when shares rose for eight straight days, increasing 3.1% (+$2.34) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between May 7, 2012 and May 18, 2012 when shares fell for 10 straight days, dropping 4.8% (-$3.77) over that span.

Analyst Ratings: With nine analysts rating the stock as a buy, one rating it as a sell and 10 rating it as a hold, there are indications of a bullish outlook.

Key Stats:

On the top line, the company is looking to build on four-straight revenue increases heading into this earnings announcement. Revenue rose 8% in the third quarter of the last fiscal year, 5.6% in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year and 4.4% in the first quarter before increasing again in the second quarter.

Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts predict a rise of 1% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $13.3 billion.

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

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