United Technologies Corp Fourth Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component United Technologies Corp (NYSE:UTX) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, January 25, 2012. United Technologies provides high tech products and services to the building systems and aerospace industries worldwide.

United Technologies Corp Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet.

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for profit of $1.46 per share, a rise of 9% from the company’s actual earnings for the same quarter a year ago. The average estimate is the same as three months ago. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate was unchanged. It also has not changed during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 9% versus last year to $5.47.

Past Earnings Performance: Last quarter, the company beat estimates by 5 cents, coming in at net income of $1.49 a share versus the estimate of profit of $1.44 a share. It marked the fourth straight quarter of beating estimates.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts are projecting a rise of 1.4% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $15.07 billion.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts are bullish on this stock with 14 analysts rating it as a buy, none rating it as a sell and four rating it as a hold.

A Look Back: In the third quarter, profit rose 10.5% to $1.32 billion ($1.47 a share) from $1.2 billion ($1.30 a share) the year earlier, exceeding analyst expectations. Revenue rose 8.7% to $14.8 billion from $13.62 billion.

Key Stats:

The company has seen net income rise in three straight quarters. Net income rose 18.7% in the second quarter and 16.9% in the first quarter.

Revenue has risen the past four quarters. Revenue rose 9.2% in the second quarter from the year earlier, climbed 10.8% in the first quarter from the year-ago quarter and 6.3% in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year.

Competitors to Watch: Honeywell Intl. Inc. (NYSE:HON), General Electric Company (NYSE:GE), The Boeing Company (NYSE:BA), Goodrich Corporation (NYSE:GR), Northrop Grumman Corp. (NYSE:NOC), Triumph Group, Inc. (NYSE:TGI), Esterline Tech. Corp. (NYSE:ESL) and Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT).

Stock Price Performance: During December 19, 2011 to January 19, 2012, the stock price had risen $5.44 (7.6%) from $71.75 to $77.19. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between January 31, 2011 and February 14, 2011 when shares rose for 11-straight days, rising 4.8% (+$3.82) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between July 21, 2011 and August 2, 2011 when shares fell for nine-straight days, falling 10.5% (-$9.17) over that span.

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

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