Earnings Preview: Pfizer Reports Q4 Results Tuesday

Jan.30.12 | About: Pfizer Inc. (PFE)

Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE) is scheduled to release last fiscal quarter's results before the opening bell on January 31, 2012. Let's take a look at how Pfizer has done in recent quarters. Pfizer Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, offers prescription medicines for humans and animals worldwide. The company was founded in 1849 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

52 Week High: $22.17
52 Week Low: $16.63
Book Value: $11.71
Float Short: 0.83%

On average, 15 analysts are expecting a drop of $-0.15 in earnings per share compared to last quarter's results of $0.62. Wall Street is expecting $0.47 per share, based on earnings estimates. Analyst estimates range between $0.43 and $0.50 per share.

The current trailing twelve months P/E ratio is 9.5. The forward P/E ratio is 9.47. From a month ago, the stock has decreased in price -0.51%, and moving in price 17.40% from one year ago. When comparing to the S&P 500, the year to date difference is -4.26%.

The chart for Pfizer looks great. All the moving averages are moving higher, the last price is well above all the averages, and the 90 day moving average just busted through the 200 day moving average. For trend followers, Pfizer is a buy on dips typs of trade. The very low earnings multiple makes this big pharma nearly bulletproof going into earnings. The almost zero interest by shorts to take a bearish position is screaming through silence this is not a short candidate.

Revenue year-over-year has increased to $67.81 billion for 2010 vs. $50.01 billion for 2009. The bottom line has falling earnings year-over-year of $8.26 billion for 2010 vs. $8.64 billion for 2009.The company's earnings before interest and taxes are falling with an EBIT year-over-year of $9.42 billion for 2010 vs. $10.83 billion for 2009.

Here is a look at the fiscal year revenue.
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Here is the last few quarters to get an idea how well they perform compared to estimates
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Reported earnings per share compared to the mean estimate. Differences are rounded.

The total short interest number of shares for PFE
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The number of days to cover short interest based on average daily trading volume for PFE
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