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Next Tuesday will be a better than average day for earnings. We expect to see earnings on many stocks, and 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 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. I use earnings.com for my list of symbols. The following is the "confirmed" symbols that I believe to be of the most interest. I also include some that are not "confirmed" but are "proposed" for the same day. The numbers are only as good as the sources. Many of the ADRs that are relatively new provide a special challenge that can be very time consuming to figure out the "best" number. Chinese ADRs that are new seem to be especially prone to conflicts with Reuters, EDGAR Online and other sources.

Best Buy Co Inc (NYSE:BBY) is a $11.61 billion market cap company. Best Buy is a multinational retailer of consumer electronics, home office products, entertainment software, appliances and related services. It operates in two segments: Domestic and International. The domestic segment consists of operations in all states, districts and territories of the United States, operating under various brand names including Best Buy, Best Buy Mobile, Geek Squad, Magnolia Audio Video, Napster, Pacific Sales and Speakeasy. The International segment consists of all Canada operations, operating under the brand names Best Buy, Best Buy Mobile, Future Shop and Geek Squad; all Europe operations, operating under the brand names The Carphone Warehouse, The Phone House and Geek Squad; all China operations, operating under the brand names Best Buy, Geek Squad and Five Star; all Mexico operations, operating under the brand names Best Buy and Geek Squad and all Turkey operations, operating under the brand names Best Buy and Geek Squad.

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BBY was founded in 1966 and is headquartered in Richfield, Minnesota. BBY reported $1.61 per share in earnings for the quarter ending 2/26/2011. The next reporting quarter estimated mean earnings are $0.33 per share. Analyst estimates range between $0.28 and $0.37 per share. The current trailing twelve months (ttm) P/E ratio is 9.321 and the forward P/E ratio is 7.97. BBY has a price to book ratio (ttm) of 2.04 and a price to sales ratio of 0.27. In the last month BBY has moved in price -1.71%, with a one year ago change of -23.15%. Comparing to the S&P500 price change, BBY's performance is 2.89% vs. the S&P 500 from a month ago, and the one year difference is -36.37% vs. S&P 500 price change.

The annual growth rate of revenue is 0.0116%. The last fiscal year had accounts receivable to sales percentage of 0.0467% compared to the same period a year earlier of 0.0406%. For the trailing twelve months investors received $0.57 in dividends for a yield of 2.01%.

Beyond the aforementioned numbers, investors should consider other key figures. BBY has rising revenue year-over-year (yoy) of $50.27 billion for 2010 vs. $49.69 billion for 2009. BBY bottom line has falling earnings year-over-year (yoy) of $1.28 billion for 2010 vs. $1.32 billion for 2009, and falling EBIT year-over-year (yoy) of $2.11 billion for 2010 vs. $2.24 billion for 2009. When profits are not moving in the same direction as revenue, I normally let revenue be my guide. The bottom line is easier to 'Adjust' than the top line. Be sure to keep an eye on margins.

Fiscal Quarter Ending Month-YR Estimate Actual Difference Difference %
Feb-11 1.85 1.98 0.13 7.15%
Nov-10 0.61 0.54 0.07 10.86%
Aug-10 0.44 0.6 0.16 36.12%
May-10 0.5 0.36 0.14 27.65%
Feb-10 1.79 1.82 0.03 1.51%

Capstone Turbine Corp (NASDAQ:CPST) is a $405.87 million market cap company. Capstone Turbine Corporation (Capstone) develops, manufactures, markets and services microturbine technology solutions for use in stationary distributed power generation applications, including cogeneration (combined heat and power, integrated combined heat and power and combined cooling, heat and power), resource recovery and secure power. In addition, its microturbines can be used as battery charging generators for hybrid electric vehicle applications. Microturbines allow customers to produce power on-site in parallel with the electric grid or stand alone when no utility grid is available. There are several technologies that are used to provide on-site power generation (also called distributed generation), such as reciprocating engines, solar power, wind powered systems and fuel cells. On February 1, 2010, the company acquired the 100 kilowatt (TA100) microturbine product line from Calnetix Power Solutions, Inc.

CPST was founded in 1988 and is based in Chatsworth, California. CPST reported $-0.03 per share in earnings for the quarter ending 12/31/2010. CPST has a price to book ratio (ttm) of 5.46 and a price to sales ratio of 4.12. In the last month CPST has moved in price -52.93%, with a one year ago change of -71.24%. Comparing to the S&P500 price change, CPST's performance is 9.27% vs. the S&P 500 from a month ago, and the one year difference is 24.39% vs. S&P 500 price change.

The annual growth rate of revenue is 0.4006%. The last fiscal year had accounts receivable to sales percentage of 0.3% compared to the same period a year earlier of 0.2474%.

Beyond the aforementioned numbers, investors should consider other key figures. CPST has rising revenue year-over-year (yoy) of $61.55 million for 2010 vs. $43.95 million for 2009. The CPST bottom line has rising earnings year-over-year (yoy) of $-67.24 million for 2010 vs. $-41.72 million for 2009, and rising EBIT year-over-year (yoy) of $-43.78 million for 2010 vs. $-42.08 million for 2009. Rising revenue along with rising earnings is a very good sign and what we want to see with our companies. While this one is way above the 200 day moving average in terms of percentages, it is still almost a penny stock. Be sure to treat it like one.

Fiscal Quarter Ending Month-YR Estimate Actual Difference Difference %
Dec-10 -0.03 -0.02 0.01 -33.33%
Sep-10 -0.04 -0.04 0 -14.29%
Jun-10 -0.04 0 0.04 -100%
Mar-10 -0.04 -0.05 0.01 -25%
Dec-09 -0.05 -0.05 0 -7.07%

e-Future Information Technology Inc. (NASDAQ:EFUT) is a $14.59 million market cap company. e-Future is a provider of software and services in China's retail and consumer goods industries. e-Future provides integrated software and services to manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers, logistics companies and retailers in China’s front-end supply chain (from factory to consumer) market, especially in the retail and fast moving consumer goods industries. eFuture’s businesses include its front-end supply chain total solution business and its eService business. Its front-end supply chain total solution business is its core business, and includes its software solutions and related services. This business provides front-end supply chain total solutions in the retail and consumer goods industries. The company’s software solutions are divided into three segments: foundation solutions, collaborative solutions and intelligent solutions. In March 2010, the company acquired control over a 15% equity position in cFuture.

EFUT was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in Beijing. EFUT has a price to book ratio (ttm) of 1.28 and a price to sales ratio of 1.21. In the last month EFUT has moved in price -52.93%, with a one year ago change of -71.24%. Comparing to the S&P500 price change, EFUT's performance is 9.27% vs. the S&P 500 from a month ago, and the one year difference is 24.39% vs. S&P 500 price change.

The annual growth rate of revenue is 2.6829%. The last fiscal year had accounts receivable to sales percentage of 0.1671% compared to the same period a year earlier of 0.1748%.

Beyond the aforementioned numbers, investors should consider other key figures. EFUT has falling revenue year-over-year (yoy) of $17.91 million for 2010 vs. $20.5 million for 2009. The EFUT bottom line has rising earnings year-over-year (yoy) of $-3.7 million for 2010 vs. $-0.66 million for 2009, and rising EBIT year-over-year (yoy) of $-4.32 million for 2010 vs. $-1.47 million for 2009. When profits are not moving in the same direction as revenue, I normally let revenue be my guide. The bottom line is easier to "adjust" than the top line. Be sure to keep an eye on margins. I would not touch this one.

Fiscal Quarter Ending Month-YR Estimate Actual Difference Difference %
Dec-10 -0.03 -0.02 0.01 -33.33%
Sep-10 -0.04 -0.04 0 -14.29%
Jun-10 -0.04 0 0.04 -100%
Mar-10 -0.04 -0.05 0.01 -25%
Dec-09 -0.05 -0.05 0 -7.07%

Clarcor Inc (NYSE:CLC) is a $2.05 billion market cap company. Clarcor is a global provider of filtration products, filtration systems and services, and consumer and industrial packaging products. It conducted business in three principal industry segments: Engine/Mobile Filtration, Industrial/Environmental Filtration and Packaging. The Engine/Mobile Filtration segment manufactures and markets a line of filters used in the filtration of oils, air, fuel, coolant, hydraulic and transmission fluids in both domestic and international markets. The Industrial/Environmental Filtration segment manufactures and markets a line of filters, cartridges, dust collectors, filtration systems, engineered filtration products and technologies. The Packaging segment manufactures and markets consumer and industrial packaging products, including custom-designed plastic and metal containers and closures and lithographed metal sheets in both domestic and international markets. On December 29, 2010, it acquired TransWeb, LLC (TransWeb).

CLC was founded in 1904 and is headquartered in Franklin, Tennessee. CLC reported $0.43 per share in earnings for the quarter ending 2/26/2011. The next reporting quarter estimated mean earnings are $0.56 per share. Analyst estimates range between $0.56 and $0.58 per share. The current trailing twelve months (ttm) P/E ratio is 20.322 and the forward P/E ratio is 16.04. CLC has a price to book ratio (ttm) of 2.75 and a price to sales ratio of 2.06. In the last month CLC has moved in price -8.66%, with a one year ago change of 19.37%. Comparing to the S&P500 price change, CLC's performance is -4.39% vs. the S&P 500 from a month ago, and the one year difference is -1.17% vs. S&P 500 price change.

The annual growth rate of revenue is 0.1142%. The last fiscal year had accounts receivable to sales percentage of 0.1933% compared to the same period a year earlier of 0.1813%. For the trailing twelve months investors received $0.39 in dividends for a yield of 1.03%.

Beyond the aforementioned numbers, investors should consider other key figures. CLC has falling revenue year-over-year (yoy) of $1.01 billion for 2010 vs. $907.75 million for 2009. CLC bottom line has rising earnings year-over-year (yoy) of $96.08 million for 2010 vs. $71.54 million for 2009, and rising EBIT year-over-year (yoy) of $144.65 million for 2010 vs. $105.73 million for 2009. When profits are not moving in the same direction as revenue, I normally let revenue be my guide. The bottom line is easier to "adjust" than the top line. Be sure to keep an eye on margins.

Fiscal Quarter Ending Month-YR Estimate Actual Difference Difference %
Feb-11 0.42 0.42 0 0.48%
Nov-10 0.56 0.57 0.01 1.79%
Aug-10 0.5 0.55 0.05 10.44%
May-10 0.41 0.47 0.06 14.63%
Feb-10 0.31 0.29 0.03 7.94%

Factset Research Systems Inc (NYSE:FDS) is a $4.9 billion market cap company. FactSet Research Systems Inc. (FactSet) is a provider of global financial and economic information, including fundamental financial data on tens of thousands of companies worldwide. FactSet supports the investment process from initial research to published results for buy and sell-side professionals. These professionals include portfolio managers, research and performance analysts, risk managers, marketing professionals, sell-side equity research professionals, investment bankers and fixed income professionals. The company’s applications provide users access to company analysis, multicompany comparisons, industry analysis, company screening, portfolio analysis, predictive risk measurements, alphatesting, portfolio optimization and simulation, real-time news and quotes and tools to value and analyze fixed income securities and portfolios. As of August 31, 2010, there were over 42,800 users of FactSet. On June 1, 2010, FactSet acquired Market Metrics, Inc.

FDS was founded in 1978 and is headquartered in Norwalk, Connecticut. FDS reported $0.98 per share in earnings for the quarter ending 2/28/2011. The next reporting quarter estimated mean earnings are $0.92 per share. Analyst estimates range between $0.91 and $0.92 per share. The current trailing twelve months (ttm) P/E ratio is 30.643 and the forward P/E ratio is 25.62. FDS has a price to book ratio (ttm) of 7.03 and a price to sales ratio of 5.51. In the last month FDS has moved in price -2.58%, with a one year ago change of 55.26%. Comparing to the S&P500 price change, FDS's performance is 1.98% vs. the S&P 500 from a month ago, and the one year difference is 28.55% vs. S&P 500 price change.

The annual growth rate of revenue is 0.0306%. The last fiscal year had accounts receivable to sales percentage of 0.0931% compared to the same period a year earlier of 0.101%. For the trailing twelve months investors received $0.8 in dividends for a yield of 1.02%.

Beyond the aforementioned numbers, investors should consider other key figures. FDS has rising revenue year-over-year (yoy) of $641.06 million for 2010 vs. $622.02 million for 2009. FDS bottom line has rising earnings year-over-year (yoy) of $150.21 million for 2010 vs. $144.95 million for 2009, and rising EBIT year-over-year (yoy) of $221.63 million for 2010 vs. $211.03 million for 2009. Rising revenue along with rising earnings is a very good sign and what we want to see with our companies. Be sure to check the margins to make sure that the bottom line is keeping up with the top line.

Fiscal Quarter Ending Month-YR Estimate Actual Difference Difference %
Feb-11 0.87 0.95 0.08 9.03%
Nov-10 0.84 0.88 0.04 4.23%
Aug-10 0.8 0.83 0.03 3.97%
May-10 0.77 0.81 0.04 5.59%
Feb-10 0.74 0.75 0.01 1.17%

Mad Catz Interactive Inc (NYSEMKT:MCZ) is a $106.22 million market cap company. Mad Catz Interactive designs, manufactures (through third parties in Asia), markets, sells and distributes accessories for all video game platforms, the personal computer and the iPod and other audio devices. Its accessories are marketed under the Mad Catz, Saitek, Cyborg, Eclipse, Joytech, GameShark, Tritton and AirDrives brands. Mad Catz also produces for selected customers a range of products, which are marketed on a private label basis. Its products include video game, PC and audio accessories, such as control pads, video cables, steering wheels, joysticks, memory cards, light guns, flight sticks, dance pads, microphones, car adapters, carry cases, mice, keyboards and headsets. It also markets videogame enhancement products and publishes videogames. On May 28, 2010, Mad Catz acquired all of the outstanding stock of Tritton Technologies Inc. (Tritton).

MCZ was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in San Diego, California. MCZ reported $0.18 per share in earnings for the quarter ending 12/31/2010. The current trailing twelve months (ttm) P/E ratio is 16.9. MCZ has a price to book ratio (ttm) of 2.33 and a price to sales ratio of 0.22. In the last month MCZ has moved in price 5086417%, with a one year ago change of 0%.

The annual growth rate of revenue is 0.0573%. The last fiscal year had accounts receivable to sales percentage of 0.1241% compared to the same period a year earlier of 0.1488%.

Beyond the aforementioned numbers, investors should consider other key figures. MCZ has rising revenue year-over-year (yoy) of $119.01 million for 2010 vs. $112.56 million for 2009. MCZ bottom line has rising earnings year-over-year (yoy) of $4.46 million for 2010 vs. $-32.61 million for 2009, and rising EBIT year-over-year (yoy) of $8.19 million for 2010 vs. $-27.49 million for 2009. Rising revenue along with rising earnings is a very good sign and what we want to see with our companies. Be sure to check the margins to make sure that the bottom line is keeping up with the top line.

Fiscal Quarter Ending Month-YR Estimate Actual Difference Difference %
Feb-11 0.87 0.95 0.08 9.03%
Nov-10 0.84 0.88 0.04 4.23%
Aug-10 0.8 0.83 0.03 3.97%
May-10 0.77 0.81 0.04 5.59%
Feb-10 0.74 0.75 0.01 1.17%
Source: Companies to Consider for Next Week's Earnings