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Earnings Preview: E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company's EPS, Revenue Expected to Rise

E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company (NYSE: DD) releases its next round of earnings this Tuesday, October 25, 2011. Here's Benzinga's advanced look at E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company's third quarter earnings report.

Earnings and Revenue:

Ahead of the company's earnings announcement, analysts are expecting a positive EPS reading of 56 cents/share and revenues of $8.68 billion. E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company's latest numbers will no doubt be compared with the company's year-ago quarter, when it reported a profit of 40 cents/share on revenues of $7 billion. We'll have to wait for Tuesday to see if E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company falls in line with analyst expectations and reports an estimated increase in both EPS and revenue from the year-ago quarter.

Here's how the company's reported EPS has stacked up against analyst estimates in the past:

Quarter Q2 Q1 Q4 Q3
EPS Estimate $1.33 $1.37 $0.32 $0.34
EPS Actual $1.37 $1.52 $0.50 $0.40

Stock Performance:

Shares of E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company were trading at $43.80 as of October 19, 2011. Shares are down 10% year to date. For a full 12 months, the return has declined by 3.6%. Given that these returns are generally negative, long-term shareholders are probably a little upset going into this earnings release.

  • Long-term shareholders are already wary of 12-month losses prior to the announcement

Average Stock Rating:

The average rating by analysts for E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company is a Moderate Buy. The strength of this rating has declined slightly over the past three months.

Competitors:

Want to check out the performance of E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company closest competitors? Take a look at some of the company's peers in the materials sector.

  • Ashland (NYSE: ASH): Moderate Buy with a $0.92 recent quarter EPS
  • Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW): Hold with a $0.85 recent quarter EPS
  • FMC (NYSE: FMC): Moderate Buy with a $1.53 recent quarter EPS
  • Honeywell International (NYSE: HON): Moderate Buy with a $1.00 recent quarter EPS

The chemicals-diversified company's industry has seen price/earnings growth of 1.1% during the current fiscal year.

Finally, a description of the company's main areas of operation: E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company offers products and services for markets including agriculture and food, building and construction, electronics and communications, general industrial, and transportation.

Take Action:

There is your peek into E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company's upcoming earnings numbers, including some competitors to watch around the time of the announcement. Check back in with us after the announcement for a full recap. In the meantime, here are some links to explore today.

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