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Big Lots, Inc. (NYSE:BIG) is due to report earnings before the opening bell on Thursday, August 25.

Overview

BIG trades an average of 1.5 million shares per day. Big Lots, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as a broad line closeout retailer in the United States. The company was founded in 1967 and is based in Columbus, Ohio.

Recent Price: $30.09

52 Week High: $44.44

52 Week Low: $27.82

Book Value: $13.57

On average, 11 analysts are expecting a drop of $-0.25 in earnings per share compared to last quarter's results of $0.7. Investors will be looking to top $0.45 per share, based on the estimated mean earnings. Analyst estimates range between $0.42 and $0.48 per share. The current trailing twelve months (ttm) P/E ratio is 10.57. In the last month, the stock has decreased in price -15.08 %, in the last quarter, it has returned 5.09%, with a one year change of -3.65%.

Comparing to the S&P 500 price changes, the price performances are 0.05% vs. the S&P 500 from a month ago, -13.50% vs. the S&P 500 from six months ago, and the year to date difference is 9.06% vs. the S&P 500 price change.

Revenue year-over-year has increased to $4.95 billion for 2011 vs. $4.73 billion for 2010. The bottom line has rising earnings year-over-year of $222.52 million for 2011 vs. $200.37 million for 2010. The company's earnings before income and taxes are rising with an EBIT year-over-year of $357.35 million for 2011 vs. $325.01 million for 2010.

Revenue growth is at an annual rate of 4.65%.

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

Fiscal Quarter Ending Month-Year Revenue Estimates Actual $ Difference Difference %
Apr-11 $ 1.23 B $ 1.23 B $ -3.41 M -0.28%
Jan-11 $ 1.52 B $ 1.52 B $ 1.23 M 0.08%
Oct-10 $ 1.06 B $ 1.06 B $ -0.01 M -0%
Jul-10 $ 1.15 B $ 1.14 B $ -5.51 M -0.48%
Apr-10 $ 1.23 B $ 1.24 B $ 1.33 M 0.11%

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 0.69 0.70 0.01 1.45%
Jan-11 1.38 1.46 0.08 5.8%
Oct-10 0.24 0.23 -0.01 -4.17%
Jul-10 0.47 0.48 0.01 2.13%
Apr-10 0.67 0.68 0.01 1.49%

(Some onetime items are often excluded in reported EPS)

Signet Jewelers Ltd. (NYSE:SIG) is due to report earnings before the opening bell on Thursday, August 25.

Overview

SIG trades an average of 1.2 million shares per day. Signet Jewelers Limited operates as a specialty jewelry retailer in the United States, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, and the Channel Islands. The company retails jewelry, watches, and associated services. The company was founded in 1950 and is based in Hamilton, Bermuda.

Recent Price: $31.85

52 Week High: $48.30

52 Week Low: $26.21

Book Value: $23.55

On average, analysts are expecting a drop of $-0.28 in earnings per share compared to last quarter's results of $0.87. Investors will be looking to top $0.59 per share, based on the estimated mean earnings. Analyst estimates range between $0.52 and $0.67 per share. The current trailing twelve months (ttm) P/E ratio is 12.41. Looking at the price movement over the last month, the stock has fallen in price -28.78 %, in the last quarter, it has returned -10.92%, with a one year change of 15.80%.

Comparing to the S&P 500 price changes, the price performances are -16.09% vs. the S&P 500 from a month ago, -15.08% vs. the S&P 500 from six months ago, and the year to date difference is -17.70% vs. the S&P 500 price change.

The company has rising revenue year-over-year of $3.44 billion for 2011 vs. $3.27 billion for 2010. The bottom line has rising earnings year-over-year of $200.40 million for 2011 vs. $157.10 million for 2010. The company's earnings before income and taxes are rising with an EBIT year-over-year of $372.50 million for 2011 vs. $264.50 million for 2010.

Annually, revenue is growing at a rate of 5.2%. Gross reported revenue compared to the mean estimate (rounded).

Fiscal Quarter Ending Month-Year Revenue Estimates Actual $ Difference Difference %
Apr-11 $ 869.87 M $ 887.30 M $ 17.43 M 2%
Jan-11 $ 1.27 B $ 1.27 B $ 0.42 M 0.03%
Oct-10 $ 618.63 M $ 641.80 M $ 23.17 M 3.75%
Jul-10 $ 731.80 M $ 722.80 M $ -9.00 M -1.23%
Apr-10 $ 784.50 M $ 810.00 M $ 25.50 M 3.25%

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 0.73 0.87 0.14 19.18%
Jan-11 1.54 1.55 0.01 0.65%
Oct-10 -0.03 0.04 0.07 NA%
Jul-10 0.41 0.47 0.06 14.63%
Apr-10 0.42 0.60 0.18 42.86%

(Some onetime items are often excluded in reported EPS)

Source: Earnings Preview: Big Lots, Signet Jewelers Report Q2 Results Thursday