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Rockwell Automation (NYSE:ROK) is expected to report Q1 earnings before the market open on Wednesday, January 25 with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET.

Guidance

Analysts are looking for EPS of $1.21 on revenue of $1.51B. The consensus range is $1.14-$1.30 for EPS, and $1.45B-$1.58B for revenue, according to First Call. The company has met or exceeded EPS and revenue estimates for the past four quarters. On its Q4 earnings report, it guided FY12 EPS to $5.05-$5.45 vs. consensus $5.21. At the same time, it guided FY12 revenue to $6.2B-$6.5B vs. consensus $6.35B. The company was “cautiously optimistic” that market growth would continue in 2012. Recent sentiment on the Street has been mixed, with several upgrades and downgrades over the past three months. The stock has traded higher since Q4 numbers were released in early November, rising approximately 16%. The shares made a 52-week low of $50.36 in late September of 2011, and have rallied approximately 60% over the past four months.

Source: Rockwell Automation: Earnings Preview