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Earnings Expectations for the Week of December 3

The earnings season continues to wind down. The only S&P 500 components scheduled to share quarterly results this week are AutoZone (NYSE: AZO), Big Lots (NYSE: BIG), Brown-Forman (NYSE: BFB-B), H&R Block (NYSE: HRB) and SAIC (NYSE: SAI). Here is a quick look at what analysts are expecting from these and a few other prominent reports this week.

Analogic

First-quarter fiscal 2013 earnings from this maker of medical and security equipment are expected to come to $0.57 per share, on revenues of $128.07 million. In the same quarter of the previous year, the company missed EPS estimates when it posted $0.32 per share and $117.86 million in sales. Note that 30 days ago the consensus EPS estimate was $0.67. For the current quarter, so far sequential growth of EPS and revenue is forecast. Analogic (NASDAQ: ALOG) is scheduled to share its results Thursday after the closing bell.

Medical device maker Cooper Companies (NYSE: COO) is expected to report earnings and revenue growth this week as well.

AutoZone

First-quarter fiscal 2013 earnings from this Memphis-based specialty retailer are forecast to come to $5.39 per share, while revenues totaled $2.02 billion. In the same quarter of last year, the company beat EPS estimates when it posted $4.68 per share and $1.92 billion in sales. EPS estimates for the most recent quarter range from $5.22 to $5.55 per share. AutoZone has exceeded consensus EPS estimates in the past four quarters. It steps into the earnings spotlight Tuesday before the markets open.

Big Lots

This Columbus, Ohio-based discount retailer is expected to report Tuesday morning that for its third quarter of fiscal 2012 it had a net loss of $0.24 per share. That compares to earnings of $0.06 per share in the same period in the previous year. EPS fell short of the consensus estimate in three of the past four quarters. Analysts on average expect quarterly revenues to total $1.14 billion, about the same as a year ago. However, analysts expect earnings and revenue growth in the current quarter.

Brown-Forman

In its Wednesday morning report, the maker of Jack Daniels, Korbel champagne, and other alcoholic beverages is expected report earnings of $0.78 per share for its fiscal second quarter. That would be up from $0.73 per share in the year-ago quarter, as well as a consensus EPS estimate of a $0.77 from 60 days ago. But EPS only topped consensus estimates in one of the past five quarters. Second-quarter revenues are expected to total $1.05 billion, which would be more than three percent higher than a year ago.

H&R Block

For the second quarter of fiscal 2013, this Kansas City, Missouri based company is forecast to report a seasonal net loss of $0.40 per share, while revenues totaled $130.47 million. The consensus EPS estimate has not changed in the past 60 days. In the same quarter of last year, the company posted a larger-than-expected net loss of $0.38 per share and $119.19 million in revenue. H&R Block steps into the earnings spotlight Wednesday before the markets open.

Men's Wearhouse

In its report Wednesday afternoon, menswear purveyor Men's Wearhouse (NYSE: MW) is expected to say earnings came to $0.97 per share for its fiscal third quarter. That would be up from $0.79 per share in the year-ago quarter. That consensus estimate has not changed in the past 60 days. EPS were better than expected in all but one of the past six quarters. Third-quarter revenues are expected to total $631.30 million, which would be about eight percent higher than a year ago.

SAIC

SAIC is a defense contractor headquartered in McLean, Virginia and is expected to report Wednesday that third-quarter fiscal 2013 earnings of $0.34 per share, compared to a net loss of $0.27 per share a year ago. SAIC earnings fell short of analysts' expectations in three of the past four quarters. Revenue for the quarter is predicted to have risen marginally to $2.84 billion. So far, analysts expect sequential declines of both revenue and per-share earnings in the current quarter.

Fellow defense contractor Esterline Techologies (NYSE: ESL) is expected to report earnings and revenue growth this week as well.

Toll Brothers

Home builder Toll Brothers (NYSE: TOL) is expected to report Tuesday morning that, for its fourth quarter of fiscal 2012, EPS jumped more than 62 percent year-over-year to $0.24. Analysts on average expect quarterly revenues to total $566.74 million, which would be more than 32 percent higher than a year ago. For the full year, analysts are looking for $0.66 per share earnings and $1.82 billion in revenue, compared to $0.24 per share and $1.48 billion in the previous year.

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