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This is another in my series of articles on companies that are reporting Wednesday. While this is not a complete list, it makes up the majority of shares expected to be in play.

Praxair Inc (PX) is a $31.89 billion market cap industrial gas supplier. Praxair’s primary products for its industrial gases business are atmospheric gases (oxygen, nitrogen, argon, rare gases) and process gases (carbon dioxide, helium, hydrogen, electronic gases, specialty gases, acetylene). It also designs, engineers, and builds equipment that produces industrial gases for internal use and external sale.

The company reported (basic) $1.31 per share in earnings for the quarter ending March 31, 2011. The Quick Ratio is 0.94.

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The next reporting quarter estimated mean earnings are $1.37 per share. Analyst estimates range between $1.35 and $1.4 per share.

The current trailing twelve months (ttm) P/E ratio is 25.51 and the forward P/E ratio is 16.79. The stock has a price to book ratio (ttm) of 5.13. The price to sales ratio is 2.94.



In the last month the stock has moved in price 1.22%, with a one year change of 23.08%. Comparing to the S&P500 price change, Praxair's performance is -3.12% vs. the S&P 500 from a month ago, and the one year difference is 1.48% vs. S&P 500 price change.

The annual growth rate of revenue is 12.95%. The last fiscal year had accounts receivable to sales percentage of 0.1645% compared to the same period a year earlier of 0.1763%. For the trailing twelve months, investors received $1.77 in dividends for a yield of 1.9%.

Praxair has rising revenue year-over-year of $10.12 billion for 2010 vs. $8.96 billion for 2009. The bottom line has falling earnings year-over-year of $1.20 billion for 2010 vs. $1.25 billion for 2009. The company's earnings before income and taxes are rising with an EBIT year-over-year of $2.08 billion for 2010 vs. $1.58 billion for 2009. The chart just broke down through support and is trading near the 60 day moving average. With the PE as low as it is, the stock may likely consolidate in this area for a while. Absent a major surprise in earnings, I would not expect a lot of movement one way or the other. Selling options for premium may be one way to take advantage of a stock that is consolidating.

Here is a look at reported earnings (some one time items are often excluded in reported EPS) compared to the mean estimate. Dollar differences are rounded to the nearest penny and percentage differences are rounded based on rounded dollar differences.

Fiscal Quarter Ending Month-YR Estimate Actual Difference Difference %
Mar-111.261.290.032.1%
Dec-101.231.250.021.58%
Sep-101.201.210.011.04%
Jun-101.141.190.054.5%
Mar-101.091.0900.00%


Arrow Electronics Inc.(ARW) is a $4.28 billion market cap provider of products, services and solutions to industrial and commercial users of electronic components and enterprise computing solutions. As of December 31, 2010, Arrow served over 1,200 suppliers, and over 115,000 original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), contract manufacturers (CMs) and commercial customers.

The company reported (basic) $1.18 per share in earnings for the quarter ending April 2, 2011. The Quick Ratio is 1.19.



The next reporting quarter estimated mean earnings are $1.36 per share. Analyst estimates range between $1.35 and $1.37 per share.

The current trailing twelve months (ttm) P/E ratio is 8.307 and the forward P/E ratio is 6.51. The stock has a price to book ratio (ttm) of 1.26. The price to sales ratio is 0.22.



In the last month, the stock has moved in price -1.93%, with a one year change of 56.26%. Comparing to the S&P500 price change, Arrow Electronics's performance is -6.14% vs. the S&P 500 from a month ago, and the one year difference is 28.83% vs. S&P 500 price change.

The annual growth rate of revenue is 27.65%. The last fiscal year had accounts receivable to sales percentage of 0.2189% compared to the same period a year earlier of 0.2136%.

Arrow Electronics has rising revenue year-over-year of $18.74 billion for 2010 vs. $14.68 billion for 2009. The bottom line has rising earnings year-over-year of $479.63 million for 2010 vs. $123.51 million for 2009. The company's earnings before income and taxes are rising with an EBIT year-over-year of $750.78 million for 2010 vs. $272.79 million for 2009.

Here is a look at reported earnings (some one time items are often excluded in reported EPS) compared to the mean estimate. Dollar differences are rounded to the nearest penny and percentage differences are rounded based on rounded dollar differences.

Fiscal Quarter Ending Month-YR Estimate Actual Difference Difference %
Mar-111.121.240.1211.01%
Dec-101.281.290.011.04%
Sep-101.011.080.077.24%
Jun-100.811.010.224.32%
Mar-100.600.760.1626.98%

BMC Software Inc.(BMC) is a $8.98 billion market cap software vendor. It provides systems management, service management and automation solutions primarily for large enterprises. Its portfolio of software solutions include mainframe, distributed and virtualized systems, applications, databases and information technology (IT) process management functions.

The company reported (basic) $0.68 per share in earnings for the quarter ending March 31, 2011. The Quick Ratio is 1.63.



The next reporting quarter estimated mean earnings are $0.57 per share. Analyst estimates range between $0.53 and $0.6 per share.

The current trailing twelve months (ttm) P/E ratio is 15.377 and the forward P/E ratio is 16.52. The stock has a price to book ratio (ttm) of 5.46. The price to sales ratio is 4.39.



In the last month the stock has moved in price 8.91%, with a one year change of 13.82%. Comparing to the S&P500 price change, BMC Software's performance is 11.59% vs. the S&P 500 from a month ago, and the one year difference is 17.04% vs. S&P 500 price change.

The annual growth rate of revenue is 8.06%. The last fiscal year had accounts receivable to sales percentage of 0.1921% compared to the same period a year earlier of 0.1727%. BMC Software has rising revenue year-over-year of $2.07 billion for 2010 vs. $1.91 billion for 2009. The bottom line has rising earnings year-over-year of $456.20 million for 2010 vs. $406.10 million for 2009. The company's earnings before income and taxes are rising with an EBIT year-over-year of $532.80 million for 2010 vs. $506.10 million for 2009.

Here is a look at reported earnings (some one time items are often excluded in reported EPS) compared to the mean estimate. Dollar differences are rounded to the nearest penny and percentage differences are rounded based on rounded dollar differences.

Fiscal Quarter Ending Month-YR Estimate Actual Difference Difference %
Mar-110.770.780.011.3%
Dec-100.800.79-0.01-1.25%
Sep-100.700.820.1216.76%
Jun-100.640.62-0.02-3.73%
Mar-100.700.65-0.05-6.7%

Sealed Air Corp.(SEE) is a $3.64 billion market cap manufacturer of a range of packaging and performance-based materials and equipment systems, which serves a range of food, industrial, medical and consumer applications.

The company reported (basic) $0.37 per share in earnings for the quarter ending March 31, 2011. The Quick Ratio is 1.07.




The next reporting quarter estimated mean earnings are $0.38 per share. Analyst estimates range between $0.36 and $0.41 per share.

The current trailing twelve months (ttm) P/E ratio is 15.895 and the forward P/E ratio is 11.03. The stock has a price to book ratio (ttm) of 1.87. The price to sales ratio is 0.61.



In the last month the stock has moved in price -0.44%, with a one year change of 0.22%. Comparing to the S&P500 price change, Sealed Air's performance is -4.71% vs. the S&P 500 from a month ago, and the one year difference is -17.37% vs. the S&P 500 price change.

The annual growth rate of revenue is 5.37%. The last fiscal year had accounts receivable to sales percentage of 0.0949% compared to the same period a year earlier of 0.0956%. For the trailing twelve months, investors received $0.5 in dividends for a yield of 2.29%.

Sealed Air has rising revenue year-over-year of $7.35 billion for 2010 vs. $6.97 billion for 2009. The bottom line has rising earnings year-over-year of $255.90 million for 2010 vs. $244.30 million for 2009. The company's earnings before income and taxes are rising with an EBIT year-over-year of $535.00 million for 2010 vs. $492.30 million for 2009.

Here is a look at reported earnings (some one time items are often excluded in reported EPS) compared to the mean estimate. Dollar differences are rounded to the nearest penny and percentage differences are rounded based on rounded dollar differences.

Fiscal Quarter Ending Month-YR Estimate Actual Difference Difference %
Mar-110.380.34-0.04-11.16%
Dec-100.460.4600.00%
Sep-100.430.4300.00%
Jun-100.370.35-0.02-4.53%
Mar-100.350.360.012.65%

Meadwestvaco Corp (MWV) is a $5.64 billion market cap global packaging company that provides packaging solutions the healthcare, beauty and personal care, food, beverage, tobacco and home and garden industries.

The company reported (basic) $0.38 per share in earnings for the quarter ending March 31, 2011. The Quick Ratio is 1.47.



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 trailing twelve months (ttm) P/E ratio is 18.875 and the forward P/E ratio is 14.38. The stock has a price to book ratio (ttm) of 1.37. The price to sales ratio is 0.79.



In the last month the stock has moved in price 3.07%, with a one year change of 34.82%. Comparing to the S&P500 price change, Meadwestvaco's performance is -1.35% vs. the S&P 500 from a month ago, and the one year difference is 11.16% vs. S&P 500 price change.

The annual growth rate of revenue is 5.31%. The last fiscal year had accounts receivable to sales percentage of 0.1453% compared to the same period a year earlier of 0.1552%. For the trailing twelve months, investors received $0.93 in dividends for a yield of 3.01%. I like the yield on this stock combined with the very attractive looking chart. I will be looking to buy on any large pullbacks by selling put options.

Meadwestvaco has rising revenue year-over-year of $5.69 billion for 2010 vs. $5.41 billion for 2009. The bottom line has falling earnings year-over-year of $106.00 million for 2010 vs. $225.00 million for 2009. The company's earnings before income and taxes are rising with an EBIT year-over-year of $492.00 million for 2010 vs. $205.00 million for 2009.

Here is a look at reported earnings (some one time items are often excluded in reported EPS) compared to the mean estimate. Dollar differences are rounded to the nearest penny and percentage differences are rounded based on rounded dollar differences.

Fiscal Quarter Ending Month-YR Estimate Actual Difference Difference %
Mar-110.230.430.284.79%
Dec-100.390.410.025.13%
Sep-100.550.630.0815.49%
Jun-100.330.350.026.67%
Mar-100.000.110.11NA%

Zimmer Holdings Inc (ZMH) is a $11.95 billion market cap company. Zimmer designs, develops, manufactures and markets orthopaedic reconstructive, spinal and trauma devices, dental implants and related surgical products.

The company reported (basic) $1.08 per share in earnings for the quarter ending March 31, 2011. The Quick Ratio is 2.95.




The next reporting quarter estimated mean earnings are $1.19 per share. Analyst estimates range between $1.16 and $1.23 per share.

The current trailing twelve months (ttm) P/E ratio is 20.474 and the forward P/E ratio is 11.86. The stock has a price to book ratio (ttm) of 1.87. The price to sales ratio is 2.56.



In the last month the stock has moved in price 0.19%, with a one year change of 17.57%. Comparing to the S&P500 price change, Zimmer's performance is -4.11% vs. the S&P 500 from a month ago, and the one year difference is -3.07% vs. S&P 500 price change.

The annual growth rate of revenue is 3.05%. The last fiscal year had accounts receivable to sales percentage of 0.1838% compared to the same period a year earlier of 0.1835%.

Zimmer has rising revenue year-over-year of $4.22 billion for 2010 vs. $4.10 billion for 2009. The bottom line has falling earnings year-over-year of $596.90 million for 2010 vs. $717.40 million for 2009. The company's earnings before income and taxes are rising with an EBIT year-over-year of $916.70 million for 2010 vs. $1.02 billion for 2009.

Here is a look at reported earnings (some one time items are often excluded in reported EPS) compared to the mean estimate. Dollar differences are rounded to the nearest penny and percentage differences are rounded based on rounded dollar differences.

Fiscal Quarter Ending Month-YR Estimate Actual Difference Difference %
Mar-111.121.190.075.84%
Dec-101.191.270.086.81%
Sep-100.990.96-0.03-3.14%
Jun-101.051.090.043.58%
Mar-101.011.020.010.52%

Amdocs Ltd (DOX) is a $6.09 billion market cap provider of software and services for communications, media and entertainment industry service providers. The Quick Ratio is 2.2.





The current trailing twelve months (ttm) P/E ratio is 18.768 and the forward P/E ratio is 12.92. The stock has a price to book ratio (ttm) of 1.81. The price to sales ratio is 1.96.



In the last month the stock has moved in price 5.81%, with a one year change of 16.3%. Comparing to the S&P500 price change, Amdocs's performance is 1.27% vs. the S&P 500 from a month ago, and the one year difference is -4.11% vs. S&P 500 price change.

The annual growth rate of revenue is 20.33%. The last fiscal year had accounts receivable to sales percentage of 0.1944% compared to the same period a year earlier of 0.1589%.

Amdocs has rising revenue year-over-year of $2.98 billion for 2010 vs. $2.86 billion for 2009. The bottom line has rising earnings year-over-year of $343.91 million for 2010 vs. $326.18 million for 2009. The company's earnings before income and taxes are rising with an EBIT year-over-year of $410.43 million for 2010 vs. $367.32 million for 2009.

Here is a look at reported earnings (some one time items are often excluded in reported EPS) compared to the mean estimate. Dollar differences are rounded to the nearest penny and percentage differences are rounded based on rounded dollar differences.

Fiscal Quarter Ending Month-YR Estimate Actual Difference Difference %
Mar-110.570.580.012.31%
Dec-100.540.52-0.02-3.95%
Sep-100.590.620.035.62%
Jun-100.570.580.012.06%
Mar-100.550.560.012.53%

Hospira Inc.(HSP) is a $8.82 billion market cap specialty pharmaceutical and medication delivery company. Hospira's portfolio includes generic acute-care and oncology injectables, as well as integrated infusion therapy and medication management systems.

The company reported (basic) $0.9 per share in earnings for the quarter ending March 31, 2011. The Quick Ratio is 1.63.


The next reporting quarter estimated mean earnings are $0.77 per share. Analyst estimates range between $0.71 and $0.86 per share.

The current trailing twelve months (ttm) P/E ratio is 24.442 and the forward P/E ratio is 11.68. The stock has a price to book ratio (ttm) of 2.97. The price to sales ratio is 2.41.



In the last month the stock has moved in price -5.2%, with a one year change of -8.13%. Comparing to the S&P500 price change, Hospira's performance is -9.26% vs. the S&P 500 from a month ago, and the one year difference is -24.26% vs. S&P 500 price change.

The annual growth rate of revenue is 0.98%. The last fiscal year had accounts receivable to sales percentage of 0.181% compared to the same period a year earlier of 0.1391%.

Hospira Inc has rising revenue year-over-year of $3.92 billion for 2010 vs. $3.88 billion for 2009. The bottom line has falling earnings year-over-year of $357.20 million for 2010 vs. $403.90 million for 2009. The company's earnings before income and taxes are rising with an EBIT year-over-year of $519.20 million for 2010 vs. $502.90 million for 2009.

Here is a look at reported earnings (some one time items are often excluded in reported EPS) compared to the mean estimate. Dollar differences are rounded to the nearest penny and percentage differences are rounded based on rounded dollar differences.

Fiscal Quarter Ending Month-YR Estimate Actual Difference Difference %
Mar-110.780.930.1519.23%
Dec-100.930.77-0.16-17.33%
Sep-100.700.740.046.22%
Jun-100.790.860.078.42%
Mar-100.720.940.2231.36%

Questar Corp (STR) is a $3.27 billion market cap integrated natural gas holding company. Questar operates through its wholly owned subsidiaries: Wexpro Company (Wexpro), Questar Pipeline Company (Questar Pipeline) and Questar Gas Company (Questar Gas). Wexpro develops and produces natural gas on behalf of Questar Gas.

The company reported (basic) $0.4 per share in earnings for the quarter ending March 31, 2011. The Quick Ratio is 0.51.


The next reporting quarter estimated mean earnings are $0.2 per share. Analyst estimates range between $0.19 and $0.21 per share.

The current trailing twelve months (ttm) P/E ratio is 17.406 and the forward P/E ratio is 15.64. The stock has a price to book ratio (ttm) of 2.99. The price to sales ratio is 2.76.



In the last month the stock has moved in price 4.36%, with a one year change of 9.3%. Comparing to the S&P500 price change, Questar's performance is -0.11% vs. the S&P 500 from a month ago, and the one year difference is -9.89% vs. S&P 500 price change.

The annual growth rate of revenue is 1.23%. The last fiscal year had accounts receivable to sales percentage of 0.2143% compared to the same period a year earlier of 0.2243%. For the trailing twelve months, investors received $0.53 in dividends for a yield of 3.31%.

Questar has rising revenue year-over-year of $1.12 billion for 2010 vs. $1.11 billion for 2009. The bottom line has falling earnings year-over-year of $339.20 million for 2010 vs. $393.30 million for 2009. The company's earnings before income and taxes are rising with an EBIT year-over-year of $343.30 million for 2010 vs. $328.20 million for 2009.

Here is a look at reported earnings (some one time items are often excluded in reported EPS) compared to the mean estimate. Dollar differences are rounded to the nearest penny and percentage differences are rounded based on rounded dollar differences.

Fiscal Quarter Ending Month-YR Estimate Actual Difference Difference %
Mar-110.410.39-0.02-4.62%
Dec-100.310.360.0514.91%
Sep-100.140.160.0212.44%
Jun-100.500.590.0917.93%
Mar-100.740.73-0.01-1.51%

Nextera Energy Inc (NEE) is a $24.28 billion market cap company. NextEra Energy formerly FPL Group, Inc., incorporated in 1984, is an electric power company in North America and the United States. The company is a producer of renewable energy from wind and solar projects.

The company reported (basic) $0.64 per share in earnings for the quarter ending March 31, 2011. The Quick Ratio is 0.64.



The next reporting quarter estimated mean earnings are $1.09 per share. Analyst estimates range between $1.04 and $1.2 per share.

The current trailing twelve months (ttm) P/E ratio is 14.313 and the forward P/E ratio is 12.14. The stock has a price to book ratio (ttm) of 1.48. The price to sales ratio is 1.4.



In the last month the stock has moved in price 0.98%, with a one year change of 8.96%. Comparing to the S&P500 price change, Nextera Energy's performance is -3.35% vs. the S&P 500 from a month ago, and the one year difference is -10.17% vs. S&P 500 price change.

The annual growth rate of revenue is -2.08%. The last fiscal year had accounts receivable to sales percentage of 0.1686% compared to the same period a year earlier of 0.1436%. For the trailing twelve months, investors received $2 in dividends for a yield of 3.82%.

Nextera Energy has falling revenue year-over-year of $15.32 billion for 2010 vs. $15.64 billion for 2009. The bottom line has rising earnings year-over-year of $1.96 billion for 2010 vs. $1.62 billion for 2009. The company's earnings before income and taxes are rising with an EBIT year-over-year of $3.24 billion for 2010 vs. $2.59 billion for 2009.

Here is a look at reported earnings (some one time items are often excluded in reported EPS) compared to the mean estimate. Dollar differences are rounded to the nearest penny and percentage differences are rounded based on rounded dollar differences.

Fiscal Quarter Ending Month-YR Estimate Actual Difference Difference %
Mar-110.950.94-0.01-1.27%
Dec-100.870.8-0.07-7.79%
Sep-101.431.450.021.51%
Jun-101.061.110.054.92%
Mar-100.860.940.089.46%

Jones Group Inc (JNY) is a $982.1 million market cap global designer, marketer and wholesaler of over 35 brands across five divisions: apparel, footwear, jeans wear, jewelry and handbags. Jones also markets directly to consumers through its branded specialty retail and outlet stores and through its e-commerce sites.

The company reported (basic) $0.3 per share in earnings for the quarter ending April 2, 2011. The Quick Ratio is 1.68.


The next reporting quarter estimated mean earnings are $0.26 per share. Analyst estimates range between $0.24 and $0.3 per share.

The current trailing twelve months (ttm) P/E ratio is 23.894 and the forward P/E ratio is 7.96. The stock has a price to book ratio (ttm) of 1.13. The price to sales ratio is 0.35.



In the last month, the stock has moved in price 8.5%, with a one year change of -30.93%. Comparing to the S&P500 price change, Jones's performance is 3.85% vs. the S&P 500 from a month ago, and the one year difference is -43.05% vs. S&P 500 price change.

The annual growth rate of revenue is 9.48%. The last fiscal year had accounts receivable to sales percentage of 0.0949% compared to the same period a year earlier of 0.0911%. For the trailing twelve months, investors received $0.2 in dividends for a yield of 1.78%.

Jones has rising revenue year-over-year of $3.64 billion for 2010 vs. $3.33 billion for 2009. The bottom line has rising earnings year-over-year of $53.80 million for 2010 vs. $-86.60 million for 2009. The company's earnings before income and taxes are rising with an EBIT year-over-year of $144.90 million for 2010 vs. $-12.10 million for 2009.

Here is a look at reported earnings (some one time items are often excluded in reported EPS) compared to the mean estimate. Dollar differences are rounded to the nearest penny and percentage differences are rounded based on rounded dollar differences.

Fiscal Quarter Ending Month-YR Estimate Actual Difference Difference %
Mar-110.300.380.0828.38%
Dec-100.030.040.0160%
Sep-100.620.54-0.08-12.55%
Jun-100.340.450.1133.81%
Mar-100.340.470.1336.71%
Source: Companies to Consider That Are Reporting Earnings on Wednesday, Part VI