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Salesforce.com, Inc. (CRM) is due to report earnings after the closing bell on November 17, 2011. Below you can see the results of CRM over the last few earnings periods.

Salesforce provides customer and collaboration relationship management services to various businesses and industries worldwide. The company was founded in 1999 and is based in San Francisco, California. CRM trades an average of 2.4 million shares per day.

52-Week High: $160.12
52-Week Low: $109.22
Book Value: $10.47
Float Short: 9.26%

Analysts are expecting an improvement of $0.01 in earnings per share compared to last quarter's results of $0.3. A beat of $0.31 per share will top the estimated mean earnings.

The stock has fallen in price -1.46% in the last month, with a change from a year ago of 11.26%. After today it is likely the loss from last month will be gone and the stock will be back postive. This has been a favorite to short into earnings and it makes for a wild ride. As I write this, CRM is very close to the 200-day moving average.

Revenue year-over-year has increased to $1.66 billion for 2011 vs. $1.31 billion for 2010. The bottom line has falling earnings year-over-year of $64.47 million for 2011 vs. $80.72 million for 2010. The company's earnings before income and taxes are falling with an EBIT year-over-year of $97.50 million for 2011 vs. $115.27 million for 2010.

Here is a look at the fiscal year revenue:

paid2trade.com revenue gross bar chart for CRM

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

Fiscal Quarter Ending Month-Year Revenue Estimates Actual $ Difference Difference %
Jul-11 $ 528.83 M $ 546.00 M $ 17.17 M 3.25%
Apr-11 $ 482.60 M $ 504.36 M $ 21.76 M 4.51%
Jan-11 $ 453.17 M $ 456.87 M $ 3.70 M 0.82%
Oct-10 $ 410.46 M $ 429.09 M $ 18.63 M 4.54%
Jul-10 $ 384.52 M $ 394.37 M $ 9.85 M 2.56%

M = millions, B = billions.
Differences are rounded.
Some one-time items are often excluded in reported EPS.

paid2trade.com Quarterly Estimates And Actual EPS results CRM

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

The total short interest number of shares for CRM:

paid2trade.com short interest tool. The total short interest number of shares for CRM

The number of days to cover short interest based on average daily trading volume for CRM.

paid2trade.com number of days to cover short interest based on average daily trading volume for CRM

Intuit Inc. (INTU) is anticipated to report earnings after the closing bell on November 17, 2011.

The company was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in Mountain View, California. INTU trades an average of 2 million shares per day.

52-Week High: $56.46
52-Week Low: $39.87
Book Value: $8.70
Float Short: 2.02%

On average, analysts are expecting a drop of $-0.22 in earnings per share compared to last quarter's results of $0.02. A beat of $-0.20 per share will top the estimated mean earnings. Analyst estimates range between $-0.22 and $-0.19 per share.

The P/E ratio has been under pressure, as the current trailing twelve months (ttm) P/E ratio is 27, while the forward P/E ratio is now 20.8. 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. From a month ago, the stock has increased in price 1.91%, with a one-year change of 10.70%.

The company has rising revenue year-over-year of $3.85 billion for 2011 vs. $3.46 billion for 2010. The bottom line has rising earnings year-over-year of $634.00 million for 2011 vs. $574.00 million for 2010. The company's earnings before income and taxes are rising with an EBIT year-over-year of $1.01 billion for 2011 vs. $863.00 million for 2010.

Here is a look at the fiscal year revenue:

paid2trade.com revenue gross bar chart for INTU

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

Fiscal Quarter Ending Month-Year Revenue Estimates Actual $ Difference Difference %
Jul-11 $ 581.37 M $ 593.00 M $ 11.63 M 2%
Apr-11 $ 1.82 B $ 1.85 B $ 29.09 M 1.6%
Jan-11 $ 883.62 M $ 878.00 M $ -5.62 M -0.64%
Oct-10 $ 520.47 M $ 532.00 M $ 11.53 M 2.22%
Jul-10 $ 500.12 M $ 537.00 M $ 36.88 M 7.37%

M = millions, B = billions.
Differences are rounded.
Some one-time items are often excluded in reported EPS.

paid2trade.com Quarterly Estimates And Actual EPS results INTU

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

The total short interest number of shares for INTU:

paid2trade.com short interest tool. The total short interest number of shares for INTU

The number of days to cover short interest based on average daily trading volume for INTU.

paid2trade.com number of days to cover short interest based on average daily trading volume for INTU

Mentor Graphics Corporation (MENT) is expected to report earnings for last fiscal quarter after the closing bell on November 17, 2011.

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 was founded in 1981 and is headquartered in Wilsonville, Oregon.

52-Week High: $16.56
52-Week Low: $8.50
Book Value: $7.31
Float Short: 3.76%

Analysts are expecting an improvement of $0.01 in earnings per share compared to last quarter's results of $0.11. The reporting quarter's estimated mean earnings are $0.12 per share. Analyst estimates range between $0.08 and $0.18 per share. From a month ago, the stock has increased in price 9.86%, with a change from a year ago of 0.88%.

Investors have been rewarded with an increase of year-over-year revenue. Revenue reported was $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.

Here is a look at the fiscal year revenue:

paid2trade.com revenue gross bar chart for MENT

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

Fiscal Quarter Ending Month-Year Revenue Estimates Actual $ Difference Difference %
Jul-11 $ 209.95 M $ 213.74 M $ 3.79 M 1.81%
Apr-11 $ 230.05 M $ 230.04 M $ -0.01 M -0%
Jan-11 $ 292.05 M $ 307.30 M $ 15.25 M 5.22%
Oct-10 $ 220.07 M $ 238.94 M $ 18.87 M 8.57%
Jul-10 $ 180.50 M $ 187.93 M $ 7.43 M 4.12%

M = millions, B = billions.
Differences are rounded.
Some one-time items are often excluded in reported EPS.

paid2trade.com Quarterly Estimates And Actual EPS results MENT

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

The total short interest number of shares for MENT:

paid2trade.com short interest tool. The total short interest number of shares for MENT

The number of days to cover short interest based on average daily trading volume for MENT.

paid2trade.com number of days to cover short interest based on average daily trading volume for MENT

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.

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