Earnings Preview: United Continental Holdings

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United Continental Holdings (NYSE:UAL) is expected to report Q4 earnings Thursday, January 26 before the market open, with a conference call scheduled for 10:30 am ET.


Analysts are looking for EPS of 12c on revenue of $8.94B. The consensus range is wide at 0c-30c for EPS, and $8.86B-$9.11B for revenue, according to First Call. The company posted mixed Q3 results, missing EPS and narrowly beating revenue estimates. On its conference call, management expected 2012 demand to "remain stable" and forecast flat consolidated capacity for the year. Quarterly traffic figures have been weak, with October, November, and December results down 5.0%, 3.6%, and 0.7%, respectively. Sentiment on the Street has been mixed with several upgrades and downgrades during the quarter. The shares have traded sideways since late October, moving in a narrow range, while bouncing off a 52-week low of $15.51 made in late November. They are down approximately 15% on a year-over-year basis.

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