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On Thursday 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. 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.

Constellation Brands, Inc. (STZ) is a $4.51 billion market cap company. Constellation Brands, Inc. is a wine company. The company conducts its business through entities it wholly owns, as well as through a variety of joint ventures and other entities.

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The company reported $0.14 per share in earnings for the quarter ending February 28. The quick ratio is 1.08 (generally the higher, the better). The next reporting quarter estimated mean earnings are $0.38 per share. Analyst estimates range between $0.36 and $0.44 per share.

The current trailing 12 months (ttm) P/E ratio is 7.969 and the forward P/E ratio is 9.67. The stock has a price to book ratio (ttm) of 1.7 and a price to sales ratio of 1.3. In the last month the stock has moved in price -13.51%, with a one year change of -7.45%. Comparing to the S&P500 price change, STZ's performance is -10.87% vs. the S&P 500 from a month ago, and the one year difference is -19.09% vs. S&P 500 price change.

The annual growth rate of revenue is -0.97%. The last fiscal year had accounts receivable to sales percentage of 0.1253% compared to the same period a year earlier of 0.153%.

STZ has falling revenue year-over-year of $3.33 billion for 2010 vs. $3.36 billion for 2009. STZ bottom line has rising earnings year-over-year of $559.50 million for 2010 vs. $99.30 million for 2009, and rising EBIT year-over-year of $502.50 million for 2010 vs. $311.50 million for 2009.

Fiscal Quarter Ending Month-YR Estimate Actual Difference Difference %
Feb-11 0.26 0.35 0.09 32.08%
Nov-10 0.62 0.66 0.04 7.23%
Aug-10 0.49 0.52 0.03 5.69%
May-10 0.35 0.38 0.03 9.13%
Feb-10 0.24 0.27 0.03 12.83%

Mccormick & Co Inc (MKC) is a $5.99 billion market cap company. McCormick is engaged in manufacturing, marketing and distribution of spices, seasonings, specialty foods and flavorings to the food industry.

The company reported $0.58 per share in earnings for the quarter ending February 28. The quick ratio is 0.64. The next reporting quarter estimated mean earnings are $0.54 per share. Analyst estimates range between $0.52 and $0.56 per share.

The current ttm P/E ratio is 17.779 and the forward P/E ratio is 16.12. The stock has a price to book ratio (ttm) of 4.05 and a price to sales ratio of 1.78. In the last month the stock has moved in price -13.51%, with a one year change of -7.45%. Comparing to the S&P500 price change, MKC's performance is -10.87% vs. the S&P 500 from a month ago, and the one year difference is -19.09% vs. S&P 500 price change.

The annual growth rate of revenue is 4.53%. The last fiscal year had accounts receivable to sales percentage of 0.1159% compared to the same period a year earlier of 0.1144%. For the trailing 12 months investors received $1.02 in dividends for a yield of 2.24%.

MKC has rising revenue year-over-year of $3.34 billion for 2010 vs. $3.19 billion for 2009. MKC bottom line has rising earnings year-over-year of $370.20 million for 2010 vs. $299.80 million for 2009, and rising EBIT year-over-year of $509.80 million for 2010 vs. $466.90 million for 2009.

Darden Restaurants Inc (DRI) is a $6.64 billion market cap company. Darden operates full-service restaurant. As of May 30, 2010, the company operated through subsidiaries 1,824 restaurants in the United States and Canada.

The company reported $1.11 per share in earnings for the quarter ending February 27. The quick ratio is 0.36. The next reporting quarter estimated mean earnings are $0.99 per share. Analyst estimates range between $0.98 and $1.05 per share.

The current ttm P/E ratio is 15.019 and the forward P/E ratio is 12.67. The stock has a price to book ratio (ttm) of 3.23 and a price to sales ratio of 0.86. In the last month the stock has moved in price -13.51%, with a one year change of -7.45%. Comparing to the S&P500 price change, DRI's performance is -10.87% vs. the S&P 500 from a month ago, and the one year difference is -19.09% vs. S&P 500 price change.

The annual growth rate of revenue is -1.45%. The last fiscal year had accounts receivable to sales percentage of 0.0075% compared to the same period a year earlier of 0.0051%. For the trailing 12 months investors received $0.98 in dividends for a yield of 2.63%.

DRI has falling revenue year-over-year of $7.11 billion for 2010 vs. $7.22 billion for 2009. DRI bottom line has rising earnings year-over-year of $404.50 million for 2010 vs. $372.20 million for 2009, and rising EBIT year-over-year of $637.50 million for 2010 vs. $619.90 million for 2009.

Fiscal Quarter Ending Month-YR Estimate Actual Difference Difference %
Feb-11 1.05 1.08 0.03 2.79%
Nov-10 0.54 0.54 0 0.11%
Aug-10 0.77 0.8 0.03 3.37%
May-10 0.88 0.86 0.02 2.57%
Feb-10 0.92 0.95 0.03 2.82%

Apollo Group Inc (APOL) is a $6.01 billion market cap company. Apollo Group is a private education provider. The company offers educational programs and services both online and on-campus at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels through its wholly owned subsidiaries.


The company reported $-0.45 per share in earnings for the quarter ending February 28. The quick ratio is 1.26. The next reporting quarter estimated mean earnings are $1.34 per share. Analyst estimates range between $1.18 and $1.42 per share.

The current ttm P/E ratio is 15.649 and the forward P/E ratio is 13.27. The stock has a price to book ratio (ttm) of 4.79 and a price to sales ratio of 1.32. In the last month the stock has moved in price 6.58%, with a one year change of -8.35%. Comparing to the S&P500 price change, APOL's performance is 10.08% vs. the S&P 500 from a month ago, and the one year difference is -22.02% vs. S&P 500 price change.

The annual growth rate of revenue is 24.59%. The last fiscal year had accounts receivable to sales percentage of 0.0537% compared to the same period a year earlier of 0.0754%.

APOL has rising revenue year-over-year of $4.93 billion for 2010 vs. $3.95 billion for 2009. APOL bottom line has falling earnings year-over-year of $553.00 million for 2010 vs. $598.32 million for 2009, and falling EBIT year-over-year of $1.01 billion for 2010 vs. $1.07 billion for 2009.

Fiscal Quarter Ending Month-YR Estimate Actual Difference Difference %
Feb-11 0.69 0.83 0.14 20.64%
Nov-10 1.36 1.63 0.27 20.23%
Aug-10 1.26 1.31 0.05 4.37%
May-10 1.55 1.68 0.13 8.21%
Feb-10 0.81 0.84 0.03 4.13%

Calamp Corp. (CAMP) is a $88.4 million market cap company. The company reported $0.01 per share in earnings for the quarter ending February 28. The quick ratio is 0.86. The next reporting quarter estimated mean earnings are $0.01 per share. Analyst estimates range between $0.01 and $0.01 per share.

The current ttm P/E ratio is and the forward P/E ratio is 8.21. The stock has a price to book ratio (ttm) of 4.71 and a price to sales ratio of 0.73. In the last month the stock has moved in price -0.95%, with a one year change of 39.91%. Comparing to the S&P500 price change, CAMP's performance is 2.3% vs. the S&P 500 from a month ago, and the one year difference is 19.04% vs. S&P 500 price change.

The annual growth rate of revenue is 1.98%. The last fiscal year had accounts receivable to sales percentage of 0.1471% compared to the same period a year earlier of 0.1474%.

CAMP has rising revenue year-over-year of $114.33 million for 2010 vs. $112.11 million for 2009. CAMP bottom line has rising earnings year-over-year of $-3.28 million for 2010 vs. $-10.85 million for 2009, and rising EBIT year-over-year of $-2.06 million for 2010 vs. $-9.99 million for 2009. Rising revenue along with rising earnings is a very good sign and what we want to see with our companies.

Azz Inc. (AZZ) is a $536.37 million market cap company. AZZ is an electrical equipment and components manufacturer, serving the global markets of power generation, transmission and distribution, and the general industrial markets.

The company reported $0.74 per share in earnings for the quarter ending February 28. The quick ratio is 3.86. The next reporting quarter estimated mean earnings are $0.63 per share. Analyst estimates range between $0.57 and $0.68 per share.

The current ttm P/E ratio is 15.7 and the forward P/E ratio is 12.79. The stock has a price to book ratio (ttm) of 2.1 and a price to sales ratio of 1.41. In the last month the stock has moved in price -0.95%, with a one year change of 39.91%. Comparing to the S&P500 price change, AZZ's performance is 2.3% vs. the S&P 500 from a month ago, and the one year difference is 19.04% vs. S&P 500 price change.

The annual growth rate of revenue is 0%. The last fiscal year had accounts receivable to sales percentage of 0.2045% compared to the same period a year earlier of 0.1406%. For the trailing 12 months investors received $0.99 in dividends for a yield of 2.34%.

AZZ has rising revenue year-over-year of $380.65 million for 2010 vs. $357.03 million for 2009. AZZ bottom line has falling earnings year-over-year of $34.96 million for 2010 vs. $37.73 million for 2009, and falling EBIT year-over-year of $61.00 million for 2010 vs. $66.23 million for 2009.

Fiscal Quarter Ending Month-YR Estimate Actual Difference Difference %
Feb-11 0.73 0.73 0 0.23%
Nov-10 0.76 0.77 0.01 1.09%
Aug-10 0.71 0.77 0.06 8.45%
May-10 0.56 0.51 0.06 9.73%
Feb-10 0.58 0.64 0.06 9.4%

Demandtec, Inc. (DMAN) is a $296.18 million market cap company. DemandTec is a provider of on-demand optimization solutions to retailers and consumer products companies.

The company reported $-0.09 per share in earnings for the quarter ending February 28. The quick ratio is 1.48. The current ttm P/E ratio is and the forward P/E ratio is 0. The stock has a price to book ratio (ttm) of 6.75 and a price to sales ratio of 4.82. In the last month the stock has moved in price -0.95%, with a one year change of 39.91%. Comparing to the S&P500 price change, DMAN's performance is 2.3% vs. the S&P 500 from a month ago, and the one year difference is 19.04% vs. S&P 500 price change.

The annual growth rate of revenue is 4.26%. The last fiscal year had accounts receivable to sales percentage of 0.1135% compared to the same period a year earlier of 0.1769%.

DMAN has rising revenue year-over-year of $82.42 million for 2010 vs. $79.05 million for 2009. DMAN bottom line has falling earnings year-over-year of $-13.66 million for 2010 vs. $-11.84 million for 2009, and falling EBIT year-over-year of $-13.57 million for 2010 vs. $-12.29 million for 2009.

Fiscal Quarter Ending Month-YR Estimate Actual Difference Difference %
Feb-11 0.03 0.03 0 4.17%
Nov-10 0.03 0.03 0 4.15%
Aug-10 -0.01 0.02 0.03 -327.27%
May-10 -0.07 -0.09 0.02 -30.81%
Feb-10 0.02 0.01 0.01 50%

Methode Electronics Inc (MEI) is a $379 million market cap company. Methode is a global designer and manufacturer of electro-mechanical devices. The company reported $0.16 per share in earnings for the quarter ending January 29. The quick ratio is 2.64. The next reporting quarter estimated mean earnings are $0.11 per share. Analyst estimates range between $0.11 and $0.11 per share.

The current ttm P/E ratio is 14.812 and the forward P/E ratio is 18.58. The stock has a price to book ratio (ttm) of 1.73 and a price to sales ratio of 1.08. In the last month the stock has moved in price -0.95%, with a one year change of 39.91%. Comparing to the S&P500 price change, MEI's performance is 2.3% vs. the S&P 500 from a month ago, and the one year difference is 19.04% vs. S&P 500 price change.

The annual growth rate of revenue is -11.94%. The last fiscal year had accounts receivable to sales percentage of 0.1818% compared to the same period a year earlier of 0.1409%. For the trailing 12 months investors received $0.28 in dividends for a yield of 2.73%.

MEI has falling revenue year-over-year of $377.65 million for 2010 vs. $428.85 million for 2009. MEI bottom line has rising earnings year-over-year of $13.66 million for 2010 vs. $-112.48 million for 2009, and rising EBIT year-over-year of $7.44 million for 2010 vs. $-111.36 million for 2009.

Fiscal Quarter Ending Month-YR Estimate Actual Difference Difference %
Jan-11 0.1 0.16 0.06 60%
Oct-10 0.06 0.22 0.16 266.67%
Jul-10 0.15 0.11 0.04 26.67%
Apr-10 0.05 0.44 0.39 780%
Jan-10 -0.03 -0.12 0.09 -300%

Msc Industrial Direct Co Inc (MSM) is a $4.14 billion market cap company. MSC is a direct marketers and distributors of a range of metalworking and maintenance, repair and operations products to customers throughout the United States.

The company reported $0.78 per share in earnings for the quarter ending February 26. The quick ratio is 2.05. The next reporting quarter estimated mean earnings are $0.94 per share. Analyst estimates range between $0.92 and $0.96 per share.

The current ttm P/E ratio is 22.318 and the forward P/E ratio is 16.13. The stock has a price to book ratio (ttm) of 3.22 and a price to sales ratio of 1.71. In the last month the stock has moved in price -0.95%, with a one year change of 39.91%. Comparing to the S&P500 price change, MSM's performance is 2.3% vs. the S&P 500 from a month ago, and the one year difference is 19.04% vs. S&P 500 price change.

The annual growth rate of revenue is 13.6%. The last fiscal year had accounts receivable to sales percentage of 0.1306% compared to the same period a year earlier of 0.111%. For the trailing 12 months investors received $0.82 in dividends for a yield of 1.35%.

MSM has rising revenue year-over-year of $1.69 billion for 2010 vs. $1.49 billion for 2009. MSM bottom line has rising earnings year-over-year of $150.37 million for 2010 vs. $125.12 million for 2009, and rising EBIT year-over-year of $241.82 million for 2010 vs. $204.72 million for 2009. Rising revenue along with rising earnings is a good sign.

Fiscal Quarter Ending Month-YR Estimate Actual Difference Difference %
Feb-11 0.7 0.78 0.08 11.29%
Nov-10 0.74 0.75 0.01 1.35%
Aug-10 0.64 0.7 0.06 8.7%
May-10 0.66 0.69 0.03 4.83%
Feb-10 0.47 0.48 0.01 1.69%

Schnitzer Steel Industries Inc (SCHN) is a $1.47 billion market cap company. SSI is a recycler of ferrous and nonferrous scrap metal.

The company reported $1.12 per share in earnings for the quarter ending February 28. The quick ratio is 1.2. The next reporting quarter estimated mean earnings are $1.19 per share. Analyst estimates range between $1.05 and $1.46 per share.

The current ttm P/E ratio is 14.056 and the forward P/E ratio is 10.38. The stock has a price to book ratio (ttm) of 1.28 and a price to sales ratio of 0.54. In the last month the stock has moved in price -6.17%, with a one year change of 22.45%. Comparing to the S&P500 price change, SCHN's performance is -3.09% vs. the S&P 500 from a month ago, and the one year difference is 4.19% vs. S&P 500 price change.

The annual growth rate of revenue is 28.76%. The last fiscal year had accounts receivable to sales percentage of 0.0612% compared to the same period a year earlier of 0.0921%. For the trailing 12 months investors received $0.07 in dividends for a yield of 0.13%.

SCHN has rising revenue year-over-year of $2.30 billion for 2010 vs. $1.79 billion for 2009. SCHN bottom line has rising earnings year-over-year of $66.75 million for 2010 vs. $-32.23 million for 2009, and rising EBIT year-over-year of $125.90 million for 2010 vs. $-51.12 million for 2009.

Fiscal Quarter Ending Month-YR Estimate Actual Difference Difference %
Feb-11 0.85 1.03 0.18 21.59%
Nov-10 0.71 0.64 0.07 9.3%
Aug-10 0.4 0.58 0.18 46.72%
May-10 0.87 1.45 0.58 67.34%
Feb-10 0.48 0.62 0.14 30.17%

Smith & Wesson Holding Corp (SWHC) is a $162.69 million market cap company. Smith & Wesson is a global provider of products and services for safety, security, protection and sport.


The company reported $-0.88 per share in earnings for the quarter ending January 31. The quick ratio is 1.38. The next reporting quarter estimated mean earnings are $0.05 per share. Analyst estimates range between $0.03 and $0.09 per share.

The current ttm P/E ratio is and the forward P/E ratio is 10.85. The stock has a price to book ratio (ttm) of 1.82 and a price to sales ratio of 0.72. In the last month the stock has moved in price -22.19%, with a one year change of -34.15%. Comparing to the S&P500 price change, SWHC's performance is -19.63% vs. the S&P 500 from a month ago, and the one year difference is -43.97% vs. S&P 500 price change.

The annual growth rate of revenue is 21.26%. The last fiscal year had accounts receivable to sales percentage of 0.1936% compared to the same period a year earlier of 0.144%.

SWHC has rising revenue year-over-year of $406.18 million for 2010 vs. $334.96 million for 2009. SWHC bottom line has rising earnings year-over-year of $32.51 million for 2010 vs. $-64.21 million for 2009, and rising EBIT year-over-year of $42.27 million for 2010 vs. $-73.37 million for 2009.

Fiscal Quarter Ending Month-YR Estimate Actual Difference Difference %
Jan-11 0 0.04 0.04 -1152.63%
Oct-10 0 0.05 0.05 3746.15%
Jul-10 0.05 0.06 0.01 23.46%
Apr-10 0.04 0.08 0.04 80.59%
Jan-10 0.01 0.02 0.01 100%

Worthington Industries Inc (WOR) is a $1.48 billion market cap company. Worthington Industries is a diversified metals processing company, focused on steel processing and manufactured metal products.

The company reported $0.35 per share in earnings for the quarter ending February 28. The quick ratio is 1.1. The next reporting quarter estimated mean earnings are $0.56 per share. Analyst estimates range between $0.48 and $0.73 per share.

The current ttm P/E ratio is 15.736 and the forward P/E ratio is 11.57. The stock has a price to book ratio (ttm) of 1.64 and a price to sales ratio of 0.6. In the last month the stock has moved in price -22.19%, with a one year change of -34.15%. Comparing to the S&P500 price change, WOR's performance is -19.63% vs. the S&P 500 from a month ago, and the one year difference is -43.97% vs. S&P 500 price change.

The annual growth rate of revenue is -26.16%. The last fiscal year had accounts receivable to sales percentage of 0.1559% compared to the same period a year earlier of 0.0808%. For the trailing 12 months investors received $0.4 in dividends for a yield of 2.01%.

WOR has falling revenue year-over-year of $1.94 billion for 2010 vs. $2.63 billion for 2009. WOR bottom line has rising earnings year-over-year of $45.24 million for 2010 vs. $-108.21 million for 2009, and rising EBIT year-over-year of $21.96 million for 2010 vs. $-175.30 million for 2009.

Fiscal Quarter Ending Month-YR Estimate Actual Difference Difference %
Feb-11 0.27 0.35 0.08 28.82%
Nov-10 0.25 0.2 0.05 19.45%
Aug-10 0.24 0.3 0.06 26.74%
May-10 0.28 0.42 0.14 52.73%
Feb-10 0.2 0.19 0.01 5.5%
Source: Companies to Consider Writing Options on for Thursday's Reporting