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Monday will certainly be another busy day for earnings as we start to wind down the season. We expect to see earnings on many stocks. The following stocks 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.

Forest Oil Corporation (FST) is a $3 billion market cap company that trades an average of 4.53 million shares per day. The company was founded in 1916 and is based in Denver, Colorado. The current trailing twelve months (ttm) P/E ratio is 25.62 and the forward P/E ratio is 13.7. The stock has a price to book ratio (ttm) of 3.19.

Industry: Oil & Gas Operations

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The company reported (basic) $0.03 per share in earnings for the quarter ending March 31, 2011. The stock trades at a Beta of 1.39. During earnings season, Beta generally will increase. A Beta of 1 moves up and down with the market at an equal pace(equal amount of "volatility" as the overall market). Companies with a Beta of less than 1 have a history of relative price stability. Companies with a Beta over 1 have a history of relatively larger price swings compared to the overall market. At $25.66, the price is currently below the 200 day moving average of 33.25, and below the 60 day moving average of 27.63. The Quick Ratio is 0.71 (generally the higher the better). The next reporting quarter estimated mean earnings are $0.31 per share. Analyst estimates range between $0.18 and $0.42 per share.

The price to sales ratio is 5.05.

In the last month, the stock has moved in price 3.24%, with a one year change of -10.34%. Comparing to the S&P 500 price change, the price performance is 0.51% vs. the S&P 500 from a month ago, and the one year difference is -24.95% vs. the S&P 500 price change.

The annual growth rate of revenue is 11.23%. The last fiscal year had accounts receivable to sales percentage of 0.1588% compared to the same period a year earlier of 0.1644%.

The company has rising revenue year-over-year of $854.75 million for 2010 vs. $768.46 million for 2009. The bottom line has rising earnings year-over-year of $227.52 million for 2010 vs. $-923.13 million for 2009. The company's earnings before income and taxes are rising with an EBIT year-over-year of $341.80 million for 2010 vs. $-1,392.88 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-Year Estimate Actual Difference Difference %
Mar-11 0.32 0.19 -0.13 -41.21%
Dec-10 0.46 0.44 -0.02 -4.49%
Sep-10 0.45 0.37 -0.08 -17.43%
Jun-10 0.41 0.42 0.01 2.89%
Mar-10 0.47 0.42 -0.05 -11.19%

The Allstate Corporation (ALL) is a $14.76 billion market cap company that trades an average of 4.15 million shares per day. The company was founded in 1931 and is based in Northbrook, Illinois. The current trailing twelve months (ttm) P/E ratio is 11.29 and the forward P/E ratio is 7.37. The stock has a price to book ratio (ttm) of 0.91.

Industry: Insurance (Prop. & Casualty)

The company reported (basic) $0.98 per share in earnings for the quarter ending March 31, 2011. The stock trades at a Beta of 1.50. At $27.68, the price is currently below the 200 day moving average of 31.15, and below the 60 day moving average of 30.65.

The price to sales ratio is 0.55.

In the last month, the stock has moved in price -4.92%, with a one year change of -0.35%. Comparing to the S&P 500 price change, the price performance is -7.44% vs. the S&P 500 from a month ago, and the one year difference is -16.58% vs. the S&P 500 price change.

The annual growth rate of revenue is -1.91%. For the trailing twelve months, investors received $0.8 in dividends for a yield of 2.98%. The yield may look attractive, but the chart looks very angry.

The company has falling revenue year-over-year of $31.40 billion for 2010 vs. $32.01 billion for 2009. The bottom line has rising earnings year-over-year of $928.00 million for 2010 vs. $854.00 million for 2009. The company's earnings before income and taxes are falling with an EBIT year-over-year of $1.48 billion for 2010 vs. $1.63 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-Year Estimate Actual Difference Difference %
Mar-11 0.68 0.93 0.25 36.26%
Dec-10 0.88 0.5 -0.38 -43.03%
Sep-10 0.99 0.83 -0.16 -16.02%
Jun-10 0.68 0.81 0.13 19.07%
Mar-10 0.80 0.69 -0.11 -13.26%

UDR, Inc. (UDR) is a $5.87 billion market cap company that trades an average of 3.19 million shares per day. UDR was founded in 1949 and is headquartered in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. The forward P/E ratio is 18.87. The stock has a price to book ratio (ttm) of 2.43.
Industry: Real Estate Operations

The company reported (basic) $0.17 per share in earnings for the quarter ending March 31, 2011. The stock trades at a Beta of 1.26. At $26.40, the price is currently above the 200 day moving average of 23.88, and above the 60 day moving average of 25.33. The next reporting quarter estimated mean earnings are $0.31 per share. Analyst estimates range between $0.29 and $0.32 per share.

The price to sales ratio is 6.03.

In the last month, the stock has moved in price 10.87%, with a one year change of 26.6%. Comparing to the S&P 500 price change, the price performance is 7.93% vs. the S&P 500 from a month ago, and the one year difference is 5.98% vs. the S&P 500 price change.

The annual growth rate of revenue is 5.14%. The last fiscal year had accounts receivable to sales percentage of 0.0121% compared to the same period a year earlier of 0.0126%. For the trailing twelve months, investors received $0.73 in dividends for a yield of 2.96%.

The company has rising revenue year-over-year of $646.60 million for 2010 vs. $614.98 million for 2009. The bottom line has falling earnings year-over-year of $-112.36 million for 2010 vs. $-95.86 million for 2009. The company's earnings before income and taxes are falling with an EBIT year-over-year of $-107.11 million for 2010 vs. $-76.15 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-Year Estimate Actual Difference Difference %
Mar-11 0.30 0.3 0 0.00%
Dec-10 0.28 0.28 0 0.00%
Sep-10 0.27 0.28 0.01 2.41%
Jun-10 0.28 0.27 -0.01 -3.05%
Mar-10 0.27 0.28 0.01 3.74%

Hologic, Inc. (HOLX) is a $5.04 billion market cap company that trades an average of 2.36 million shares per day. The company was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Bedford, Massachusetts. The forward P/E ratio is 13.48. The stock has a price to book ratio (ttm) of 1.6.
Industry: Medical Equipment & Supplies

The company reported (basic) $0.32 per share in earnings for the quarter ending March 26, 2011. The stock trades at a Beta of 1.11. At $18.83, the price is currently below the 200 day moving average of 19.63, and below the 60 day moving average of 20.64. The Quick Ratio is 2.05. The next reporting quarter estimated mean earnings are $0.32 per share. Analyst estimates range between $0.31 and $0.32 per share.

The price to sales ratio is 2.57.

In the last month, the stock has moved in price -13.76%, with a one year change of -14.76%. Comparing to the S&P 500 price change, the price performance is 4.73% vs. the S&P 500 from a month ago, and the one year difference is 6.59% vs. the S&P 500 price change.

The annual growth rate of revenue is 2.59%. The last fiscal year had accounts receivable to sales percentage of 0.1686% compared to the same period a year earlier of 0.1608%.

The company has rising revenue year-over-year of $1.68 billion for 2010 vs. $1.64 billion for 2009. The bottom line has rising earnings year-over-year of $-62.81 million for 2010 vs. $-2,216.64 million for 2009. The company's earnings before income and taxes are rising with an EBIT year-over-year of $69.94 million for 2010 vs. $-2,016.67 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-Year Estimate Actual Difference Difference %
Mar-11 0.28 0.29 0.01 2.33%
Dec-10 0.28 0.3 0.02 5.56%
Sep-10 0.30 0.3 0 0.00%
Jun-10 0.29 0.3 0.01 2.7%
Mar-10 0.29 0.29 0 0.00%

S1 Corporation (SONE) is a $494.84 million market cap company that trades an average of 2.16 million shares per day. S1 was founded in 1934 and is headquartered in Norcross, Georgia. The forward P/E ratio is 37.08. The stock has a price to book ratio (ttm) of 1.52.
Industry: Consumer Financial Services

The company reported (basic) $0.01 per share in earnings for the quarter ending March 31, 2011. The stock trades at a Beta of 0.59. At $9.26, the price is currently above the 200 day moving average of 6.74, and above the 60 day moving average of 7.31. The Quick Ratio is 1.71. The next reporting quarter estimated mean earnings are $0.03 per share. Analyst estimates range between $0.02 and $0.04 per share.

The price to sales ratio is 1.73.

In the last month, the stock has moved in price 3.56%, with a one year change of 4.49%. Comparing to the S&P 500 price change, the price performance is 18.23% vs. the S&P 500 from a month ago, and the one year difference is 24.1% vs. the S&P 500 price change.

The annual growth rate of revenue is -12.49%. The last fiscal year had accounts receivable to sales percentage of 0.2122% compared to the same period a year earlier of 0.2698%.

The company has falling revenue year-over-year of $209.09 million for 2010 vs. $238.93 million for 2009. The bottom line has falling earnings year-over-year of $-6.28 million for 2010 vs. $30.42 million for 2009. The company's earnings before income and taxes are falling with an EBIT year-over-year of $-4.50 million for 2010 vs. $33.61 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-Year Estimate Actual Difference Difference %
Mar-11 -0.01 0.01 0.02 NA%
Dec-10 0.04 -0.08 -0.12 NA%
Sep-10 0.01 0.02 0.01 66.67%
Jun-10 0.09 -0.03 -0.12 NA%
Mar-10 0.08 -0.02 -0.1 NA%

Principal Financial Group, Inc. (PFG) is a $9.12 billion market cap company that trades an average of 2.1 million shares per day. The company was founded in 1879 and is based in Des Moines, Iowa. The current trailing twelve months (ttm) P/E ratio is 13.35 and the forward P/E ratio is 8.15. The stock has a price to book ratio (ttm) of 1.14.
Industry: Insurance (Accident & Health)

The company reported (basic) $0.61 per share in earnings for the quarter ending March 31, 2011. The stock trades at a Beta of 2.89. At $27.52, the price is currently below the 200 day moving average of 30.83, and below the 60 day moving average of 29.93. The next reporting quarter estimated mean earnings are $0.73 per share. Analyst estimates range between $0.69 and $0.74 per share.

The price to sales ratio is 1.21.

In the last month, the stock has moved in price -3.93%, with a one year change of 10.73%. Comparing to the S&P 500 price change, the price performance is -6.47% vs. the S&P 500 from a month ago, and the one year difference is -7.31% vs. the S&P 500 price change.

The annual growth rate of revenue is 3.5%. For the trailing twelve months, investors received $0.61 in dividends for a yield of 1.94%.

The company has rising revenue year-over-year of $9.16 billion for 2010 vs. $8.85 billion for 2009. The bottom line has rising earnings year-over-year of $666.30 million for 2010 vs. $589.70 million for 2009. The company's earnings before income and taxes are rising with an EBIT year-over-year of $841.30 million for 2010 vs. $745.80 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-Year Estimate Actual Difference Difference %
Mar-11 0.71 0.71 0 0.00%
Dec-10 0.68 0.66 -0.02 -3%
Sep-10 0.63 0.59 -0.04 -6.6%
Jun-10 0.66 0.63 -0.03 -4.59%
Mar-10 0.67 0.79 0.12 17.18%

Sohu.com Inc. (SOHU) is a $3.39 billion market cap company that trades an average of 1.87 million shares per day. in September 1999. SOHU was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Beijing, China. The current trailing twelve months (ttm) P/E ratio is 22.25 and the forward P/E ratio is 15.89. The stock has a price to book ratio (ttm) of 3.07.

Industry: Computer Services

The company reported (basic) $1.17 per share in earnings for the quarter ending March 31, 2011. The stock trades at a Beta of 1.24. At $87.63, the price is currently above the 200 day moving average of 78.39, and above the 60 day moving average of 78.79. The Quick Ratio is 3.95. The next reporting quarter estimated mean earnings are $1.06 per share. Analyst estimates range between $1.01 and $1.09 per share.

The price to sales ratio is 3.98.

In the last month, the stock has moved in price 22.79%, with a one year change of 31.76%. Comparing to the S&P 500 price change, the price performance is 18.23% vs. the S&P 500 from a month ago, and the one year difference is 24.1% vs. the S&P 500 price change.

The annual growth rate of revenue is 18.93%. The last fiscal year had accounts receivable to sales percentage of 0.1022% compared to the same period a year earlier of 0.0905%. I am not a fan of Chinese companies listed in the US markets. There is just to big of a fraud risk relative to the reward for the average investor in my opinion.

The company has rising revenue year-over-year of $612.78 million for 2010 vs. $515.24 million for 2009. The bottom line has rising earnings year-over-year of $148.63 million for 2010 vs. $147.83 million for 2009. The company's earnings before income and taxes are rising with an EBIT year-over-year of $230.53 million for 2010 vs. $204.39 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-Year Estimate Actual Difference Difference %
Mar-11 0.97 1.01 0.04 4.49%
Dec-10 1.00 1.07 0.07 6.85%
Sep-10 0.91 1.01 0.1 10.5%
Jun-10 0.77 0.82 0.05 6.04%
Mar-10 0.70 0.73 0.03 3.8%

Ctrip.com International, Ltd. (CTRP) is a $6.71 billion market cap company that trades an average of 1.56 million shares per day. The company was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Shanghai, China. The current trailing twelve months (ttm) P/E ratio is 41.51 and the forward P/E ratio is 31.34. The stock has a price to book ratio (ttm) of 1.64.

Industry: Personal Services

The stock trades at a Beta of 1.71. At $46.03, the price is currently above the 200 day moving average of 43.82, and above the 60 day moving average of 43.84. The Quick Ratio is 2.43.

The price to sales ratio is 3.48.
In the last month, the stock has moved in price 18.08%, with a one year change of 24.83%. Comparing to the S&P 500 price change, the price performance is 5.7% vs. the S&P 500 from a month ago, and the one year difference is 9.4% vs. the S&P 500 price change.

The annual growth rate of revenue is 337.55%. The last fiscal year had accounts receivable to sales percentage of 0.2157% compared to the same period a year earlier of 0.2116%.

The company has rising revenue year-over-year of $437.23 million for 2010 vs. $291.20 million for 2009. The bottom line has rising earnings year-over-year of $159.05 million for 2010 vs. $96.52 million for 2009. The company's earnings before income and taxes are rising with an EBIT year-over-year of $159.97 million for 2010 vs. $100.68 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-Year Estimate Actual Difference Difference %
Mar-11 0.21 0.24 0.03 13.96%
Dec-10 0.24 0.3 0.06 23.3%
Sep-10 0.24 0.31 0.07 31.19%
Jun-10 0.21 0.23 0.02 10.26%
Mar-10 0.18 0.19 0.01 5.56%

NV Energy, Inc. (NVE) is a $3.56 billion market cap company that trades an average of 1.55 million shares per day. The company, formerly known as Sierra Pacific Resources, was founded in 1906 and is headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada. The current trailing twelve months (ttm) P/E ratio is 15.24 and the forward P/E ratio is 12.17. The stock has a price to book ratio (ttm) of 0.99.

Industry: Electric Utilities

The company reported (basic) $0.01 per share in earnings for the quarter ending March 31, 2011. The stock trades at a Beta of 0.68. At $15.10, the price is currently above the 200 day moving average of 14.62, and below the 60 day moving average of 15.43. The Quick Ratio is 0.49. The next reporting quarter estimated mean earnings are $0.18 per share. Analyst estimates range between $0.14 and $0.23 per share.

The price to sales ratio is 1.01.

In the last month, the stock has moved in price -0.85%, with a one year change of 17.31%. Comparing to the S&P 500 price change, the price performance is -3.48% vs. the S&P 500 from a month ago, and the one year difference is -1.8% vs. the S&P 500 price change.

The annual growth rate of revenue is -8.52%. The last fiscal year had accounts receivable to sales percentage of 0.1079% compared to the same period a year earlier of 0.1118%. For the trailing twelve months, investors received $0.45 in dividends for a yield of 3.18%.

The company has falling revenue year-over-year of $3.28 billion for 2010 vs. $3.59 billion for 2009. The bottom line has rising earnings year-over-year of $226.98 million for 2010 vs. $182.94 million for 2009. The company's earnings before income and taxes are rising with an EBIT year-over-year of $644.44 million for 2010 vs. $564.08 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-Year Estimate Actual Difference Difference %
Mar-11 0.01 0.01 0 0.00%
Dec-10 0.04 0.06 0.02 60%
Sep-10 0.75 0.77 0.02 3.01%
Jun-10 0.14 0.16 0.02 14.94%
Mar-10 0.01 -0.01 -0.02 NA%

Loews Corporation (L) is a $16.52 billion market cap company that trades an average of 1.39 million shares per day. The company was founded in 1954 and is headquartered in New York, New York. The current trailing twelve months (ttm) P/E ratio is 13.23 and the forward P/E ratio is 12.89. The stock has a price to book ratio (ttm) of 0.88.

Industry: Insurance (Prop. & Casualty)

The company reported (basic) $0.92 per share in earnings for the quarter ending March 31, 2011. The stock trades at a Beta of 1.20. At $40.28, the price is currently below the 200 day moving average of 41.00, and below the 60 day moving average of 41.37. The next reporting quarter estimated mean earnings are $0.75 per share. Analyst estimates range between $0.75 and $0.75 per share.

The price to sales ratio is 1.12.

In the last month, the stock has moved in price -3.16%, with a one year change of 8.83%. Comparing to the S&P 500 price change, the price performance is -5.72% vs. the S&P 500 from a month ago, and the one year difference is -8.9% vs. the S&P 500 price change.

The annual growth rate of revenue is 3.53%. For the trailing twelve months, investors received $0.25 in dividends for a yield of 0.62%.

The company has rising revenue year-over-year of $14.62 billion for 2010 vs. $14.12 billion for 2009. The bottom line has rising earnings year-over-year of $1.29 billion for 2010 vs. $564.00 million for 2009. The company's earnings before income and taxes are rising with an EBIT year-over-year of $2.90 billion for 2010 vs. $1.73 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-Year Estimate Actual Difference Difference %
Mar-11 0.90 0.89 -0.01 -1.66%
Dec-10 0.88 1.17 0.29 33.71%
Sep-10 -0.01 0.78 0.79 NA%
Jun-10 0.75 0.87 0.12 16.78%
Mar-10 0.96 0.97 0.01 1.39%

Disclaimer: 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, Google Finance, MSN Money, CNBC, Zacks and Yahoo Finance for most of my data. I use the "confirmed" symbols from earnings.com that I believe to be of the most interest. I also often 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.

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