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There are quite a few companies reporting Thursday. These four software companies are worth watching. I am including some of the key numbers that I believe should be looked at in advance.

Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK) is due to report earnings after the closing bell on Thursday, August 18.

Overview

ADSK trades an average of 4.55 million shares per day, and has a market cap of $6.74 billion. Autodesk, Inc. provides design software and service solutions to customers in architecture, engineering, and construction; manufacturing; and digital media and entertainment industries. The company was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in San Rafael, California.

Recent Price: $30.35
52 Week High: $46.15
52 Week Low: $26.63
Book Value: $7.60

On average, 6 analysts are expecting $0.41 per share, compared to last quarter's results of $0.40. In the last month, the stock has decreased in price -19.28 % , in the last quarter, it has returned -27.34%, with a one year change of 6.30%.

Comparing to the S&P 500 price changes, the price performances are -9.88% vs. the S&P 500 from a month ago, -22.93% vs. the S&P 500 from six months ago, and the year to date difference is -18.50% vs. the S&P 500 price change.

Revenue year-over-year has increased to $1.95 billion for 2011 vs. $1.71 billion for 2010. The bottom line has rising earnings year-over-year of $212.00 million for 2011 vs. $58.00 million for 2010. The company's earnings before income and taxes are rising with an EBIT year-over-year of $271.40 million for 2011 vs. $65.60 million for 2010.

Annually, revenue is growing at a rate of 14.04%.


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

Fiscal Quarter Ending Month-YearRevenue EstimatesActual$ DifferenceDifference %
Apr-11$ 523.23 M$ 528.30 M$ 5.07 M0.97%
Jan-11$ 514.79 M$ 527.70 M$ 12.91 M2.51%
Oct-10$ 471.09 M$ 476.70 M$ 5.61 M1.19%
Jul-10$ 458.60 M$ 472.80 M$ 14.20 M3.1%
Apr-10$ 437.97 M$ 474.60 M$ 36.63 M8.36%

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 %
Apr-110.370.400.038.11%
Jan-110.340.350.012.94%
Oct-100.320.3200.00%
Jul-100.270.360.0933.33%
Apr-100.230.290.0626.09%

(Some one time items are often excluded in reported EPS)




Intuit Inc. (NASDAQ:INTU) is due to report earnings after the closing bell on on Thursday, August 18.

Overview

INTU trades an average of 4.17 million shares per day, and has a market cap of $12.89 billion. Intuit Inc. provides business and financial management solutions for small and medium-sized businesses, consumers, accounting professionals, and financial institutions in the United States, Canada, India, and the United Kingdom. The company was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in Mountain View, California.

Recent Price: $42.74
52 Week High: $56.46
52 Week Low: $38.05
Book Value: $9.32

On average, 9 analysts are expecting $-0.10 per share, a drop of $-2.43 in earnings per share compared to last quarter's results of $2.33. Analyst estimates range between $-0.14 and $-0.07 per share. The current trailing twelve months (ttm) P/E ratio is 21.35. Looking at the price movement over the last month, the stock has fallen in price -14.10 % , in the last quarter, it has returned -13.08%, with a one year change of 9.79%.

Comparing to the S&P 500 price changes, the price performances are -4.10% vs. the S&P 500 from a month ago, -5.58% vs. the S&P 500 from six months ago, and the year to date difference is -8.27% vs. the S&P 500 price change.

Investors have been rewarded with an increase of year-over-year revenue. Revenue reported was $3.46 billion for 2010 vs. $3.18 billion for 2009. The bottom line has rising earnings year-over-year of $574.00 million for 2010 vs. $447.04 million for 2009. The company's earnings before income and taxes are rising with an EBIT year-over-year of $863.00 million for 2010 vs. $682.06 million for 2009.

Revenue growth is at an annual rate of 8.81%.


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

Fiscal Quarter Ending Month-YearRevenue EstimatesActual$ DifferenceDifference %
Apr-11$ 1.82 B$ 1.85 B$ 29.09 M1.6%
Jan-11$ 883.62 M$ 878.00 M$ -5.62 M-0.64%
Oct-10$ 520.47 M$ 532.00 M$ 11.53 M2.22%
Jul-10$ 500.12 M$ 537.00 M$ 36.88 M7.37%
Apr-10$ 1.55 B$ 1.61 B$ 55.43 M3.57%

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 %
Apr-112.272.330.062.64%
Jan-110.300.320.026.67%
Oct-10-0.12-0.120NA%
Jul-10-0.10-0.050.05NA%
Apr-101.821.890.073.85%

(Some one time items are often excluded in reported EPS)


Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ:MENT) is due to report earnings Unknown at time of writing on

Overview

MENT trades an average of 1.06 million shares per day, and has a market cap of $1.03 billion.

Mentor Graphics Corporation supplies electronic design automation systems used to automate the design, analysis, and testing of electronic hardware and embedded systems software in electronic systems and components worldwide. The company provides digital simulation products, including ModelSim software tool, a hardware description language mixed-language digital simulator; and Questa, a functional verification platform; analog/mixed-signal simulators, as well as offers hardware emulation systems, such as Veloce product to create functional and logical equivalent models of actual electronic circuits. It also provides Calibre DRC and Calibre LVS physical verification tool suite; Calibre xRC, a transistor-level extraction and device mod
The company was founded in 1981 and is headquartered in Wilsonville, Oregon.

Recent Price: $9.60
52 Week High: $16.56
52 Week Low: $8.50
Book Value: $7.35

On average, 3 analysts are expecting $0.19 per share, compared to last quarter's results of $0.20. The current trailing twelve months (ttm) P/E ratio is 20.87. Looking at the price movement over the last month, the stock has fallen in price -23.01 % , in the last quarter, it has returned -29.53%, with a one year change of 2.88%.
Comparing to the S&P 500 price changes, the price performances are -14.04% vs. the S&P 500 from a month ago, -26.98% vs. the S&P 500 from six months ago, and the year to date difference is -17.32% vs. the S&P 500 price change.

Revenue year-over-year has increased to $914.75 million for 2011 vs. $802.73 million for 2010. The bottom line has rising earnings year-over-year of $28.58 million for 2011 vs. $-21.89 million for 2010. The company's earnings before income and taxes are rising with an EBIT year-over-year of $52.54 million for 2011 vs. $-1.17 million for 2010.

Gross revenue is growing at an annual rate of 13.95%.


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

Fiscal Quarter Ending Month-YearRevenue EstimatesActual$ DifferenceDifference %
Apr-11$ 230.05 M$ 230.04 M$ -0.01 M-0%
Jan-11$ 292.05 M$ 307.30 M$ 15.25 M5.22%
Oct-10$ 220.07 M$ 238.94 M$ 18.87 M8.57%
Jul-10$ 180.50 M$ 187.93 M$ 7.43 M4.12%
Apr-10$ 181.50 M$ 180.58 M$ -0.92 M-0.51%

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 %
Apr-110.190.200.015.26%
Jan-110.460.480.024.35%
Oct-100.160.220.0637.5%
Jul-10-0.040.010.05NA%
Apr-10-0.02-0.020NA%

(Some one time items are often excluded in reported EPS)




Camelot Information Systems Inc (NYSE:CIS) is due to report earnings before the opening bell on Thursday, August 18.

Overview
CIS trades an average of 650 thousand shares per day.

Camelot Information Systems Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides enterprise application services and financial industry information technology (IT) services in China. The company was incorporated in 2000 and is based in Beijing, China.

Recent Price: $8.62

The current trailing twelve months (ttm) P/E ratio is 78.27. The company has rising revenue year-over-year of $192.86 million for 2010 vs. $118 million for 2009. The bottom line has rising earnings year-over-year of $18.60 million for 2010 vs. $12.97 million for 2009. The company's earnings before income and taxes are rising with an EBIT year-over-year of $22.76 million for 2010 vs. $15.21 million for 2009. Annually, revenue is growing at a rate of 63.44%.

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. 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. Not everyone puts companies into the same sector. I use Reuters as my primary guide to keep it consistent.

Source: Previewing 4 Software and Programming Companies About to Report Q2 Results