What to Expect From Computer Sciences Corporation's Earnings Report Wednesday

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Computer Sciences Corporation (NYSE:CSC) is a $5.19 billion market cap company that trades an average of 2.16 million shares per day. On average, analysts are expecting $0.7 per share, a drop of $-0.39 in earnings per share compared to last quarter's results of $1.09. The company was founded in 1959 and is based in Falls Church, Virginia.
Time Released: Before Opening Bell
Industry: Computer Services
Recent Price: $33.40
52 Week High: $56.61
52 Week Low: $32.11
Book Value: $48.58

The estimated mean earnings are $0.70 per share. Analyst estimates range between $0.66 and $0.74 per share. Price protection may be bought for $2.50 to get the front month $35 put option. Not surprisingly, there is considerable open interest in the $35 strike call options. With the recent price falling, the $40 strike and the $35 strike would apper to be the logical price magnets due to the open interest.
Investors have been rewarded with an increase of year-over-year revenue. Revenue reported was $16.04 billion for 2010 vs. $15.92 billion for 2009. The bottom line has falling earnings year-over-year of $740.00 million for 2010 vs. $817.00 million for 2009.
Annually, revenue is growing at a rate of 0.76%.

Gross reported revenue compared to the mean estimate (rounded).

Fiscal Quarter Ending Month-Year Revenue Estimates Actual $ Difference Difference %
Mar-11 $ 4.22 b $ 4.20B $ -14.92M -0.35%
Dec-10 $ 4.16 b $ 4.01B $ -152.55M -3.67%
Sep-10 $ 4.00 b $ 3.98B $ -29.99M -0.75%
Jun-10 $ 4.07 b $ 3.94B $ -126.58M -3.11%
Mar-10 $ 4.32 b $ 4.24B $ -83.76M -1.94%

M = millions, B = billions
Reported earnings per share compared to the mean estimate. Differences are rounded.

Fiscal Quarter Ending Month-Year Estimate Actual Difference Difference %
Mar-11 1.11 1.09 -0.02 -1.8%
Dec-10 1.48 1.54 0.06 4.05%
Sep-10 1.17 1.18 0.01 0.85%
Jun-10 0.90 0.91 0.01 1.11%
Mar-10 1.48 1.66 0.18 12.16%

(Some onetime items are often excluded in reported EPS)

Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.

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