Earnings Expectations for the Week of January 30
Lots more earnings are on the schedule for this week, even as the calendar page turns. Look for quarterly results to come from Exxon Mobil (NYSE: XOM), Hershey (NYSE: HSY), Kellogg (NYSE: K), MasterCard (NYSE: MA), Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) and United Parcel Service (NYSE: UPS). Analysts expect them to post year-over-year earnings growth. Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN), Aol (NYSE: AOL), Dow Chemical (NYSE: DOW), and New York Times (NYSE: NYT) are expected to report declines in their per-share earnings.
Here's a day-by-day rundown of what analysts expect from some of the week's most prominent earnings reports.
Monday will be quiet on the earnings front. Newspaper publisher Gannett (NYSE: GCI) is expected to post lower EPS and revenues.
On the final day of January, Exxon Mobil (NYSE: XOM) reports its fourth-quarter results. The consensus forecast of analysts calls for $1.95 per share earnings. That is down from an estimate of $2.07 some 60 days ago, and up from earnings of $1.85 per share in the same quarter of last year. Revenues for the quarter are anticipated to be 13.8% higher than a year ago, as well as for the full-year up 26.0%.
Earnings from economic bellwether United Parcel Service (NYSE: UPS) are estimated to total $1.26 per share, on revenues of $14.5 billion. That would be up from $1.08 and $13.4 billion in the same quarter of last year. Full-year earnings also are predicted to be up 16.0% to $4.24 per share and revenues 7.8% higher to $53.4 billion.
Others anticipated to post earnings growth on Tuesday include Aflac (NYSE: AFL), Mattel (NYSE: MAT), McGraw-Hill (NYSE: MHP), PACCAR (NYSE: PCAR), Seagate Technology (NYSE: STX) and Tyco International (NYSE: TYC). But Pfizer (NYSE: PFE) is expected to post EPS that are the same as a year ago.
Amazon.com's (NASDAQ: AMZN) EPS for the most recent quarter are forecast to have fallen from $0.91 a year ago to $0.19, while revenues have increased 40.6% to $18.2 billion. Its per-share earnings have fallen sequentially in the past four quarters.
Hershey's (NYSE: HSY) fourth-quarter earnings are expected to be up 12.9% from a year ago to $0.70 per share, while the full-year EPS forecast is $2.83, or 9.9% higher. Also, revenues are expected to be up for both the quarter and the full year. Hershey's EPS have not fallen short of consensus estimates in the past ten quarters.
Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) is expected to say its fourth-quarter earnings are 38.3% higher than a year ago, or $1.67 per share. The full-year EPS forecast calls for $7.00, or 9.7% growth. However, revenues are expected to have fallen more than 22% for both the quarter and the full year. Analysts have underestimated Northrop Grumman's EPS for the past eight quarters.
Insurance companies Aetna (NYSE: AET), Allstate (NYSE: ALL) and Assurant (NYSE: AIZ) are all scheduled to post results on Wednesday. Analysts are predicting year-over-year earnings growth from each of them of more than 21% for the quarter. But full-year earnings are believed to have fallen for Allstate and Assurant.
Also on Wednesday, look for earnings growth from Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG), Electronic Arts (NYSE: EA), NASDAQ OMX (NASDAQ: NDAQ), Qualcomm (NASDAQ: BAC), Tractor Supply (NASDAQ: TSCO) and Tupperware Brands (NYSE: TUP).
Kellogg's (NYSE: K) fourth-quarter earnings are expected to be up 19.0% year over year to $0.63 per share. The consensus forecast for full-year EPS is $3.37, or seven cents higher. Note that Kellogg has fallen short of EPS estimates in half of the past six quarters. Also, revenues are expected to be up more than 4.5% for both the quarter and the full year.
Earnings from Mastercard (NYSE: MA) are estimated to come to $3.93 per share and revenues to total $1.7 billion. That would be up from $3.16 and $1.4 billion in the same quarter of the previous year. Full-year earnings are predicted to be 24.5% higher to $18.60 per share and revenues to be up 21.2% to $6.7 billion.
Analysts also are looking for earnings growth from Cardinal Health (NYSE: CAH), Cigna (NYSE: CI), Cummins (NYSE: CMI), Goodrich (NYSE: GR), Merck & Co. (NYSE: MRK), Starwood Hotels and Resorts (NYSE: HOT) and Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB).
The forecast for Blackstone Group (NYSE: BX), Boston Scientific (NYSE: BSX), CME Group (NASDAQ: CME), Dow Chemical (NYSE: DOW), New York Times (NYSE: NYT) and Novellus (NASDAQ: NVLS) calls for declining EPS.
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