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Friday will certainly be another busy day for many investors. We expect to see earnings on many stocks; the following in particular caught my eye. These are the biggest ones offering the most liquid markets to profit from. If you own these names or are looking to buy before the release, you may want to think about protecting from the downside in case of a miss through options. Just as important, if you are considering writing options due to the "unusual" premium, know that the price may have a very fast and far move after each company reports. I am including some of the key numbers that I believe should be looked at before investing into earnings. I use a proprietary blend of technical analysis, financial crowd behavior and fundamentals in my short-term trades and while not totally the same in longer swing trades to investments, the concepts used are similar. You may want to use this article as a starting point of your own research with your financial planner. I use Seeking Alpha, Edgar Online, Goggle Finance, MSN Money, cnbc.com, Zacks and Yahoo Finance for most of my data and do not always double check it with the SEC filings.
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ANN INC. (NYSE:ANN) is a $1.25 billion market cap company. AnnTaylor Stores Corp., through its wholly owned subsidiaries, is a specialty retailer of women's apparel, shoes and accessories sold primarily under the Ann Taylor and LOFT brands. The company's Ann Taylor and LOFT stores offer a range of career and casual separates, dresses, tops, weekend wear, shoes and accessories. Ann Taylor offers wear-now and wear-to-work fashion and LOFT offers casual wear for women. As of January 30, 2010, it operated 907 retail stores in 46 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, of which 291 were Ann Taylor stores, 506 were LOFT stores, 92 were Ann Taylor Factory stores and 18 were LOFT outlet stores.
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ANN was founded in 1986 and is headquartered in New York, New York. ANN reported $0.15 per share in earnings for the quarter ending 1/29/2011. The next reporting quarter estimated mean earnings are $0.48 per share. Analyst estimates range between $0.43 and $0.51 per share. The current trailing twelve months (ttm) P/E ratio is 24.855 and the forward P/E ratio is 14.4. ANN has a price to book ratio (ttm) of 3 and a price to sales ratio of 0.64. The annual growth rate of revenue is 0.0829%. The last fiscal year had accounts receivable to sales percentage of 0.0223% compared to the same period a year earlier of 0.0242%. For the trailing twelve months investors received $0 in dividends for a yield of 0%.
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Beyond the aforementioned numbers, investors should consider other key figures. ANN has rising revenue year-over-year (yoy) of $1.98 billion for 2010 vs. $1.83 billion for 2009. Additionally, a couple of bottom line number trends that give the impression of management executing the business plan very well. ANN bottom line has rising earnings year-over-year (yoy) of $73.4 million for 2010 vs. $-18.21 million for 2009 and rising EBIT year-over-year (yoy) of $119.79 million for 2010 vs. $-23.95 million for 2009.

Fiscal Quarter Ending Month-YR Estimate Actual Difference Difference %
Jan-11 0.17 0.19 0.02 11.05%
Oct-10 0.34 0.42 0.08 24.00%
Jul-10 0.32 0.32 0.00 1.42%
Apr-10 0.34 0.38 0.04 10.63%
Jan-10 -0.01 0.05 0.06 -595.05%

E-Commerce China Dangdang Inc. (NYSE:DANG) is a $5.1 billion market cap company. is a business-to-consumer (B2C), e-commerce company in the People's Republic of China. As of September 30, 2010, it offered approximately 590,000 book titles on its Website, including more than 570,000 Chinese language titles. It also offers other media products and selected general merchandise categories on its Website, including beauty and personal care products, home and lifestyle products and baby, children and maternity products. In July 2009, it launched the dangdang.com marketplace program, which allows third-party merchants to sell their general merchandise products alongside its products. DANG incorporated on January 7, 2000 DANG reported $0 per share in earnings for the quarter ending 12/31/2010. The next reporting quarter estimated mean earnings are $0 per share. Analyst estimates range between $0 and $0.01 per share. The current trailing twelve months (ttm) P/E ratio is 0 and the forward P/E ratio is 100.55. DANG has a price to book ratio (ttm) of 50.19 and a price to sales ratio of 31.11. The last fiscal year had accounts receivable to sales percentage of 0.0078% compared to the same period a year earlier of 0.0081%. For the trailing twelve months investors received $0 for a yield of 0%.
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Beyond the aforementioned numbers, investors should consider other key figures. DANG has rising revenue year-over-year (yoy) of $346.25 million for 2010 vs. $213.51 million for 2009. Additionally, a couple of bottom line number trends that give the impression of management executing the business plan very well. DANG bottom line has rising earnings year-over-year (yoy) of $4.4 million for 2010 vs. $2.48 million for 2009 and rising EBIT year-over-year (yoy) of $2.26 million for 2010 vs. $1.6 million for 2009.

Fiscal Quarter Ending Month-YR Estimate Actual Difference Difference %
Dec-10 0.02 0.02 0.00 5.26%

Hibbett Sports, Inc. (NASDAQ:HIBB) is a $923.28 million market cap company. engages in the operation of sporting goods stores in small to mid-sized markets primarily in the southeast, southwest, Mid-Atlantic and lower Midwest regions of the United States.


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HIBB Hibbett Sports was founded in 1945 and is headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama. HIBB reported $0.44 per share in earnings for the quarter ending 1/29/2011. The next reporting quarter estimated mean earnings are $0.68 per share. Analyst estimates range between $0.64 and $0.71 per share. The current trailing twelve months (ttm) P/E ratio is 23.13 and the forward P/E ratio is 17.73. HIBB has a price to book ratio (ttm) of 4.71 and a price to sales ratio of 1.42. The annual growth rate of revenue is 0.1204%. The last fiscal year had accounts receivable to sales percentage of 0.0081% compared to the same period a year earlier of 0.0078%. For the trailing twelve months investors received $0 in dividends for a yield of 0%.


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Beyond the aforementioned numbers, investors should consider other key figures. HIBB has rising revenue year-over-year (yoy) of $664.95 million for 2010 vs. $593.49 million for 2009. Additionally, a couple of bottom line number trends that give the impression of management executing the business plan very well. HIBB bottom line has rising earnings year-over-year (yoy) of $46.4 million for 2010 vs. $32.55 million for 2009 and rising EBIT year-over-year (yoy) of $73.55 million for 2010 vs. $52.41 million for 2009.

Fiscal Quarter Ending Month-YR Estimate Actual Difference Difference %
Jan-11 0.43 0.44 0.01 1.71%
Oct-10 0.38 0.44 0.06 14.67%
Jul-10 0.16 0.14 0.02 14.48%
Apr-10 0.48 0.59 0.11 23.64%
Jan-10 0.32 0.40 0.08 26.78%

YINGLI GREEN ENERGY HOLDING CO LTD (NYSE:YGE) is a $1.5 billion market cap company. , together with its subsidiaries, engages in the design, development, marketing, manufacture, installation and sale of photovoltaic (PV) products in the People’s Republic of China and internationally. The company offers PV cells, PV modules and integrated PV systems, as well as polysilicon ingots, blocks and wafers. YGE Yingli Green Energy Holding company Limited was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Baoding, the People’s Republic of China. The current trailing twelve months (ttm) P/E ratio is 7.485 and the forward P/E ratio is 6.83. YGE has a price to book ratio (ttm) of 1.22 and a price to sales ratio of 0.82. The last fiscal year had accounts receivable to sales percentage of 0.2273% compared to the same period a year earlier of 0.2828%. For the trailing twelve months investors received $0 in dividends for a yield of 0%.

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Beyond the aforementioned numbers, investors should consider other key figures. YGE has rising revenue year-over-year (yoy) of $1.9 billion for 2010 vs. $1.06 billion for 2009. YGE bottom line has rising earnings year-over-year (yoy) of $210.45 million for 2010 vs. $-77.87 million for 2009 and rising EBIT year-over-year (yoy) of $421.96 million for 2010 vs. $46.66 million for 2009.

Fiscal Quarter Ending Month-YR Estimate Actual Difference Difference %
Dec-10 0.44 0.52 0.08 18.32%
Sep-10 0.35 0.44 0.09 25.32%
Jun-10 0.18 0.21 0.03 14.88%
Mar-10 0.22 0.18 0.04 18.74%
Dec-09 0.15 0.09 0.06 39.43%

Donaldson company, Inc. (NYSE:DCI) is a $3.7 billion market cap company. engages in the manufacture and sale of filtration systems and replacement parts worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Engine Products and Industrial Products. The Engine Products segment offers air filtration systems, exhaust and emissions systems, liquid filtration systems and replacement filters.


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DCI Donaldson company, Inc. was founded in 1915 and is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. DCI reported $0.57 per share in earnings for the quarter ending 1/31/2011. The next reporting quarter estimated mean earnings are $0.72 per share. Analyst estimates range between $0.68 and $0.75 per share. The current trailing twelve months (ttm) P/E ratio is 23.885 and the forward P/E ratio is 19.09. DCI has a price to book ratio (ttm) of 5.03 and a price to sales ratio of 2. The annual growth rate of revenue is 0.0045%. The last fiscal year had accounts receivable to sales percentage of 0.1912% compared to the same period a year earlier of 0.1499%. For the trailing twelve months investors received $0.46 in dividends for a yield of 0.0096%.
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Beyond the aforementioned numbers, investors should consider other key figures. DCI has rising revenue year-over-year (yoy) of $1.88 billion for 2010 vs. $1.87 billion for 2009. DCI bottom line has rising earnings year-over-year (yoy) of $166.16 million for 2010 vs. $131.91 million for 2009 and rising EBIT year-over-year (yoy) of $238.24 million for 2010 vs. $169.96 million for 2009.

Fiscal Quarter Ending Month-YR Estimate Actual Difference Difference %
Jan-11 0.55 0.56 0.01 1.45%
Oct-10 0.57 0.68 0.11 19.72%
Jul-10 0.64 0.65 0.01 1.72%
Apr-10 0.60 0.65 0.05 7.94%
Jan-10 0.38 0.44 0.06 16.71%
Source: Companies to Consider During Earnings Week for Friday's Reporting