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Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is expected to report earnings for last fiscal quarter after the closing bell on October 20, 2011.

Overview

MSFT trades an average of 59.9 million shares per day.

Microsoft Corporation develops, licenses, and supports a range of software products and services for various computing devices worldwide. The company was founded in 1975 and is headquartered in Redmond, Washington.

I have been bullish with Microsoft for quite some time. I don't believe buying Yahoo (NASDAQ:YHOO) is the right choice at this time, but the stock is a value here.

52-Week High: $29.46

52-Week Low: $23.65

Book Value: $6.82

Float Short: 1.37%

On average, 21 analysts are expecting a drop of $-0.01 in earnings per share compared to last quarter's results of $0.69. Investors will be looking to top $0.68 per share, based on the estimated mean earnings. Analyst estimates range between $0.64 and $0.72 per share.

The current trailing twelve months (ttm) P/E ratio is 10.1 The forward P/E ratio is 9.6. The stock has moved higher in price 0.55% in the last month, with a one-year change of 8.09%. The stock has done about the same compared to the overall market. When comparing to the S&P 500, the year-to-date difference is 0.35%.

Investors have been rewarded with an increase of year-over-year revenue. Revenue reported was $69.94 billion for 2011 vs. $62.48 billion for 2010. The bottom line has rising earnings year-over-year of $23.15 billion for 2011 vs. $18.76 billion for 2010. The company's earnings before income and taxes are rising, with an EBIT year-over-year of $27.16 billion for 2011 vs. $24.10 billion for 2010.

paid2trade.com revenue gross bar chart for MSFT

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

Fiscal Quarter Ending Month-Year Revenue Estimates Actual $ Difference Difference %
Jun-11 $ 17.23 B $ 17.37 B $ 136.80 M 0.79%
Mar-11 $ 16.19 B $ 16.43 B $ 233.80 M 1.44%
Dec-10 $ 19.15 B $ 19.95 B $ 806.10 M 4.21%
Sep-10 $ 15.80 B $ 16.20 B $ 392.70 M 2.49%
Jun-10 $ 15.29 B $ 16.04 B $ 748.10 M 4.89%
M = millions, B = billions.

Differences are rounded.

Some one-time items are often excluded in reported EPS.

Reported earnings per share compared to the mean estimate. Differences are rounded.

Compuware Corporation (NASDAQ:CPWR) is expected to report earnings for the last fiscal quarter after the closing bell on October 20, 2011.

Overview

CPWR trades an average of 1.8 million shares per day.

Compuware Corporation provides software and Web performance solutions, professional services, and application services in the United States, Europe, and Africa. The company was founded in 1973 and is headquartered in Detroit, Michigan.

52-Week High: $12.25

52-Week Low: $6.97

Book Value: $4.49

Float Short: 3.02%

Analysts are expecting an improvement of $0.02 in earnings per share compared to last quarter's results of $0.08. The number to beat is $0.10 per share, based on the estimated mean earnings. Analyst estimates range between $0.09 and $0.12 per share.

The current trailing twelve months (ttm) P/E ratio is 17.4. The forward P/E ratio is 15.8. From a month ago, the stock has increased in price 2.71%, with a one-year change of -1.36%. When compared to the S&P 500, the year-to-date difference is -23.34%.

Revenue year-over-year has increased to $928.93 million for 2011 vs. $892.18 million for 2010. The bottom line has falling earnings year-over-year of $107.44 million for 2011 vs. $140.81 million for 2010. The company's earnings before income and taxes are falling, with an EBIT year-over-year of $150.31 million for 2011 vs. $183.40 million for 2010.

paid2trade.com revenue gross bar chart for CPWR

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

Fiscal Quarter Ending Month-Year Revenue Estimates Actual $ Difference Difference %
Jun-11 $ 225.07 M $ 229.97 M $ 4.90 M 2.18%
Mar-11 $ 250.27 M $ 249.55 M $ -0.72 M -0.29%
Dec-10 $ 246.79 M $ 247.02 M $ 0.23 M 0.09%
Sep-10 $ 221.29 M $ 225.87 M $ 4.58 M 2.07%
Jun-10 $ 219.42 M $ 206.49 M $ -12.93 M -5.89%
M = millions, B = billions.

Differences are rounded.

Some one-time items are often excluded in reported EPS.

Reported earnings per share compared to the mean estimate. Differences are rounded.

Informatica Corporation (NASDAQ:INFA) is scheduled to release last fiscal quarter's results after the closing bell on October 20, 2011.

Overview

INFA trades an average of 1.3 million shares per day.

Informatica Corporation provides enterprise data integration and data quality software and services worldwide. Its software solutions include a set of technologies that enable various enterprise-wide data integration initiatives. The company was founded in 1993 and is headquartered in Redwood City, California.

52-Week High: $62.42

52-Week Low: $35.61

Book Value: $8.76

Float Short: 3.16%

On average, analysts are expecting a drop of $-0.06 in earnings per share compared to last quarter's results of $0.33. A beat of $0.27 per share will top the estimated per-share earnings. Analyst estimates range between $0.26 and $0.29 per share.

The P/E ratio has trended lower, as the current trailing twelve months (ttm) P/E ratio is 49.6, while the forward P/E ratio is now 40.8. It will be interesting to see if pricing is currently at a discount, or if the market has been correct to price in lower growth expectations. The stock has moved higher in price 15.31% in the last month, and changing from last year at this time 28.72%. It is clear to see the stock is performing much better than the overall market, with a relative double digit gain: When comparing to the S&P 500, the year-to-date difference is 12.26%.

For the same fiscal period year-over-year, revenue has improved to $650.08 million for 2010 vs. $500.69 million for 2009. The bottom line has rising earnings year-over-year of $86.32 million for 2010 vs. $64.21 million for 2009. The company's earnings before income and taxes are rising with an EBIT year-over-year of $121.84 million for 2010 vs. $89.37 million for 2009.

paid2trade.com revenue gross bar chart for INFA

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

Fiscal Quarter Ending Month-Year Revenue Estimates Actual $ Difference Difference %
Jun-11 $ 185.91 M $ 192.73 M $ 6.82 M 3.67%
Mar-11 $ 164.47 M $ 168.03 M $ 3.56 M 2.16%
Dec-10 $ 184.34 M $ 198.04 M $ 13.70 M 7.43%
Sep-10 $ 157.54 M $ 161.25 M $ 3.71 M 2.35%
Jun-10 $ 143.64 M $ 155.66 M $ 12.02 M 8.37%
M = millions, B = billions.

Differences are rounded.

Some one-time items are often excluded in reported EPS.

Reported earnings per share compared to the mean estimate. Differences are rounded.

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, 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.

Source: Earnings Preview: Microsoft, Compuware, Informatica Report Results Thursday