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Research In Motion (RIMM) is anticipated to report earnings after the closing bell on December 15, 2011.

RIMM trades an average of 18.4 million shares per day.

52 Week High: $70.54

52 Week Low: $14.86

Book Value: $19.05

Float Short: 8.04%

Analysts are expecting an improvement of $0.42 in earnings per share compared to last quarter's results of $0.80. Investors will be looking to top $1.22 per share, based on the estimated mean earnings.

It may appear that analysts have not been keeping a close eye on the stock price. If the overall market is a good indication of what awaits investors during the earnings release, it doesn't look promising. RIM is currently trading to new lows and below $15 a share for the first time since May 2004. It's hard even for this bear to short RIM, but for those who have, they are doing very well. By the looks of the short interest at over 8%, many have done very well shorting RIM.

Revenue year-over-year has increased to $19.91 billion for 2011 vs. $14.95 billion for 2010. The bottom line has rising earnings year-over-year of $3.41 billion for 2011 vs. $2.46 billion for 2010. The company's earnings before interest and taxes are rising with an EBIT year-over-year of $4.64 billion for 2011 vs. $3.24 billion for 2010. Rising revenue along with rising earnings is a very good sign and what we want to see with our companies. Be sure to check the margins to make sure that the bottom line is keeping up with the top line.

Here is a look at the fiscal year revenue.

paid2trade.com revenue gross bar chart for RIMM

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

Fiscal Quarter Ending Month-Year Revenue Estimates Actual $ Difference Difference %
Aug-11 $ 4.48 B $ 4.17 B $ -307.87 M -6.88%
May-11 $ 5.14 B $ 4.91 B $ -228.87 M -4.46%
Feb-11 $ 5.65 B $ 5.56 B $ -89.85 M -1.59%
Nov-10 $ 5.38 B $ 5.49 B $ 114.96 M 2.14%
Aug-10 $ 4.48 B $ 4.62 B $ 140.04 M 3.12%

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 RIMM

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

The total short interest number of shares for RIMM.

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

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

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

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Source: Earnings Preview: Research In Motion Reports Results Thursday