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Williams-Sonoma, Inc. (NYSE:WSM) is due to report earnings before the opening bell on Tuesday, August 23. WSM trades an average of 2.09 million shares per day and has a market cap of $3.25 billion. Williams-Sonoma, Inc. operates as a specialty retailer of home products. The company was founded in 1956 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

Recent price: $30.09
52-week high: $45.48
52-week low: $24.57
Book value: $11.95

Analysts are expecting an improvement of $0.08 in earnings per share compared to last quarter's results of $0.30. The estimated mean earnings are $0.38 per share. Analyst estimates range between $0.35 and $0.38 per share. In the last month, the stock has decreased in price -19.47 %, in the last quarter, it has returned -19.74%, with a one year change of 15.04%. Comparing to the S&P 500 price changes, the price performances are -10.42% vs. the S&P 500 from a month ago, -7.90% vs. the S&P 500 from six months ago, and the year to date difference is -8.23% vs. the S&P 500 price change.
The company has rising revenue year-over-year of $3.50 billion for 2011 vs. $3.10 billion for 2010. The bottom line has rising earnings year-over-year of $200.23 million for 2011 vs. $77.44 million for 2010. The company's earnings before income and taxes are rising with an EBIT year-over-year of $323.41 million for 2011 vs. $121.44 million for 2010. Annually, revenue is growing at a rate of 12.9%.


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

Fiscal Quarter Ending Month-Year Revenue Estimates Actual $ Difference Difference %
Apr-11$ 765.41 M$ 770.83 M$ 5.42 M0.71%
Jan-11$ 1.18 B$ 1.20 B$ 17.28 M1.47%
Oct-10$ 799.41 M$ 815.52 M$ 16.11 M2.02%
Jul-10$ 757.85 M$ 775.55 M$ 17.70 M2.34%
Apr-10$ 675.29 M$ 717.64 M$ 42.35 M6.27%
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-110.280.300.027.14%
Jan-110.981.080.1010.2%
Oct-100.310.350.0412.9%
Jul-100.220.310.0940.91%
Apr-100.120.230.1191.67%
(Some onetime items are often excluded in reported EPS.)

China Nepstar Chain Drugstore (NYSE:NPD) is due to report earnings before the opening bell on Tuesday, August 23. NPD trades an average of 0.13 million shares per day and has a market cap of $275.38 million. The company was founded in 1995 and is headquartered in Shenzhen, China.

Recent price: $2.69
52-week high: $5.70
52-week low: $2.05
Book value: $2.07

Investors will be looking to top $0.02 per share, based on the estimated mean earnings. Relative to the earnings, investors have not been as aggressive accumulating shares, as the current trailing 12 months (ttm) P/E ratio is 265, while the forward P/E ratio is now 134.5. Looking at the price movement over the last month, the stock has fallen in price 11.37 %, in the last quarter, it has returned -6.56%, with a one year change of -11.37%.
Comparing to the S&P 500 price changes, the price performances are -1.41% vs. the S&P 500 from a month ago, -23.57% vs. the S&P 500 from six months ago, and the year to date difference is -27.05% vs. the S&P 500 price change.
For the same fiscal period year-over-year, revenue has improved to $357.62 million for 2010 vs. $324.83 million for 2009. The bottom line has falling earnings year-over-year of $2.51 million for 2010 vs. $20.50 million for 2009. The company's earnings before income and taxes are falling with an EBIT year-over-year of $3.23 million for 2010 vs. $16.18 million for 2009. Revenue growth is at an annual rate of 10.09%.


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

Fiscal Quarter Ending Month-Year Revenue Estimates Actual $ Difference Difference %
Mar-11$ 90.97 M$ 94.39 M$ 3.42 M3.76%
Dec-10$ 94.37 M$ 95.02 M$ 0.65 M0.69%
Sep-10$ 89.60 M$ 89.24 M$ -0.36 M-0.4%
Jun-10$ 90.31 M$ 83.35 M$ -6.96 M-7.71%
Mar-10$ 89.07 M$ 83.10 M$ -5.97 M-6.7%
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-110.020.0200.00%
Dec-100.030.02-0.01-33.33%
Sep-100.030.01-0.02-66.67%
Jun-100.03-0.02-0.05NA%
Mar-100.040.01-0.03-75%
(As already noted, some onetime items are often excluded in reported EPS.)

Pacific Sunwear of California (NASDAQ:PSUN) is due to report earnings after the closing bell on Tuesday, August 23. PSUN trades an average of 0.96 million shares per day, and has a market cap of $141.87 million. Pacific Sunwear of California, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a specialty retailer in the action sports, fashion, and music influences of the California lifestyle. The company was founded in 1982 and is based in Anaheim, California.

Recent price: $2.21
52-week high: $6.84
52-week low: $1.86
Book value: $2.77

Analysts are expecting an improvement of $0.24 in earnings per share compared to last quarter's results of $-0.30. The reporting quarter's estimated mean earnings are $-0.06 per share. In the last month, the stock has decreased in price -28.19 %, in the last quarter, it has returned -35.03%, with a one year change of -49.77%. Comparing to the S&P 500 price changes, the price performances are -20.12% vs. the S&P 500 from a month ago, -45.85% vs. the S&P 500 from six months ago, and the year to date difference is -58.37% vs. the S&P 500 price change.
Revenue year-over-year has decreased to $929.51 million for 2011 vs. $1.03 billion for 2010. The bottom line has falling earnings year-over-year of $-96.65 million for 2011 vs. $-70.30 million for 2010. The company's earnings before income and taxes are falling with an EBIT year-over-year of $-95.14 million for 2011 vs. $-81.13 million for 2010. The annual growth rate of revenue is 90143.69%.


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

Fiscal Quarter Ending Month-Year Revenue Estimates Actual $ Difference Difference %
Apr-11$ 180.73 M$ 185.75 M$ 5.02 M2.78%
Jan-11$ 265.37 M$ 262.96 M$ -2.41 M-0.91%
Oct-10$ 250.97 M$ 257.90 M$ 6.93 M2.76%
Jul-10$ 213.08 M$ 218.34 M$ 5.26 M2.47%
Apr-10$ 186.19 M$ 190.31 M$ 4.12 M2.21%
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-11-0.33-0.300.03NA%
Jan-11-0.32-0.33-0.01NA%
Oct-10-0.10-0.070.03NA%
Jul-10-0.23-0.220.01NA%
Apr-10-0.33-0.300.03NA%
(Some onetime items are, as already mentioned, often excluded in reported EPS.)


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