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Earnings season for the fourth quarter of 2011 began just this Monday - do you have a watch list prepared?

For ideas, we ran a screen on next week's reporting companies for those with "Buy" ratings from Barclays Capital (analysts at Barclays expect these stocks to outperform).

Interactive Chart: Press Play to compare changes in analyst ratings over the last two years for the stocks mentioned below. Analyst ratings sourced from Zacks Investment Research.‬


We also created a price-weighted index of the stocks mentioned below, and monitored the performance of the list relative to the S&P 500 index over the last month. To access a complete analysis of this list's recent performance, click here.

Do you think these stocks will announce earnings surprises? Use this list as a starting point for your own analysis.

List sorted by ratings date.

1. Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. (NYSE:FCX): Engages in the exploration, mining and production of mineral resources. Market cap of $36.85B. Earnings to be announced on 01/19. On 11/03/2011, Barclays Capital had an Overweight rating on the stock. The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 6.38% over the last week.

2. General Electric Company (NYSE:GE): Operates as a technology, service and finance company worldwide. Market cap of $196.89B. Earnings to be announced on 01/20. On 10/14/2011, Barclays Capital had an Overweight rating on the stock. The stock has had a good month, gaining 12.62%.

3. F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:FFIV): Provides technology that optimizes the delivery of network-based applications, and the security, performance and availability of servers, data storage devices, and other network resources in the Americas, EMEA, Japan and the Asia Pacific. Market cap of $8.48B. Earnings to be announced on 01/18. On 06/22/2011, Barclays Capital had an Overweight rating on the stock. The stock has lost 22.71% over the last year.

4. Johnson Controls Inc. (NYSE:JCI): Engages in building efficiency, automotive experience and power solutions businesses worldwide. Market cap of $22.57B. Earnings to be announced on 01/19. On 03/09/2011, Barclays Capital had an Overweight rating on the stock. The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 6.86% over the last week.

*Data sourced from Yahoo! Finance, all other data sourced from Finviz.

Source: 4 Companies Releasing Earnings Next Week With Buy Ratings From Barclays