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We have three larger (by trading volume) finance sector companies reporting on the same day. Let's take a look and see how they compare. I ordered the companies by liquidity (average trading volume). Like much of the market all three are near the highs for the year.

American Capital Agency Corp. (NASDAQ:AGNC) is due to report earnings after the closing bell on February 6, 2012. Below we can see the results of American Capital Agency Corp. over the last few earnings periods. American Capital Agency Corp. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT). The company was founded in 2008 and is based in Bethesda, Maryland.

52 Week High: $30.76
52 Week Low: $22.03
Book Value: $26.90
Float Short: 3.23%

On average, 15 analysts are expecting a drop of $-0.17 in earnings per share compared to last quarter's results of $1.39. Wall Street is expecting $1.22 per share, based on earnings estimates. Analyst estimates range between $1.01 and $1.72 per share.

The chart looks strong for American Captial Agency with the recent push through the 200 day moving average for the second time. Even the guiding trend line is now moving higher, and I especially like the second moving average breaks. The 60 day moving average is getting close to also breaking the 200 day, another bullish indication.

Looking at the price movement over the last month, the stock has moved higher in price 3.56%, and moving in price 1.36% from one year ago. When comparing to the S&P 500, the year to date difference is -0.81%.

The bottom line has rising earnings year-over-year of $288.12 million for 2010 vs. $118.61 million for 2009. The company's earnings before interest and taxes are falling with an EBIT year-over-year of $-18.81 million for 2010 vs. $-11.15 million for 2009. 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 AGNC:

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The number of days to cover short interest based on average daily trading volume for AGNC:

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UDR, Inc. (NYSE:UDR) is expected to report last fiscal quarter's results before the opening bell on February 6, 2012. We can review how UDR has performed recently. UDR, Inc. formerly United Dominion Realty Trust, Inc., operates as a self-administered REIT. It owns, acquires, renovates, develops, and manages middle-market apartment communities. The company was founded in 1949 and is headquartered in Highlands Ranch, Colorado.

52 Week High: $27.26
52 Week Low: $20.04
Book Value: $10.62
Float Short: 2.34%

Analysts are expecting an improvement of $0.02 in earnings per share compared to last quarter's results of $0.32. A beat of $0.34 per share will top the estimated per share earnings. Analyst estimates range between $0.30 and $0.35 per share.

The current trailing twelve months P/E ratio is 21.3. The forward P/E ratio is 18.33. From a month ago, the stock has increased in price 2.83%, and moving in price 11.11% from one year ago. When comparing to the S&P 500, the year to date difference is -1.51%.

Management has provided an improvement of year-over-year revenue. Revenue reported was $646.60 million for 2010 vs. $614.98 million for 2009. The bottom line has falling earnings year-over-year of $-102.90 million for 2010 vs. $-87.53 million for 2009. The company's earnings before interest and taxes are falling, with an EBIT year-over-year of $-107.11 million for 2010 vs. $-76.15 million 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 UDR:

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The number of days to cover short interest based on average daily trading volume for UDR:

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National Retail Properties, Inc. (NYSE:NNN) is expected to report earnings for last fiscal quarter before the opening bell on February 6, 2012. National Retail Properties, Inc. is a publicly owned equity real estate investment trust. The firm acquires, owns, manages, and develops retail properties in the United States. The company was founded in August 1984 and is based in Orlando, Florida.

52 Week High: $27.61
52 Week Low: $22.69
Book Value: $18.64
Float Short: 10.14%

Analysts are expecting an improvement of $0.01 in earnings per share compared to last quarter's results of $0.39. Investors will be looking to see a number north of $0.40 per share, based on the earnings estimates. Analyst estimates range between $0.39 and $0.41 per share.

The current trailing twelve months P/E ratio is 18.9. The forward P/E ratio is 16.41. From a month ago, the stock has increased in price 3.15%, and changing from last year at this time 10.30%. When comparing to the S&P 500, the year to date difference is -1.21%.

Revenue reported was $1.31 million for 2010 vs. $0.42 million for 2009. The bottom line has rising earnings year-over-year of $73.00 million for 2010 vs. $54.81 million for 2009. The company's earnings before interest and taxes are rising, with an EBIT year-over-year of $134.92 million for 2010 vs. $112.01 million for 2009. 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 in the earnings release to make sure that the bottom line is keeping up with the top line.

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 NNN:

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The number of days to cover short interest based on average daily trading volume for NNN:

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I use a proprietary blend of technical analysis, financial crowd behavior, and fundamentals in my short-term trades, and while not totally the same in longer swing trades to investments, the concepts used are similar. You may want to use this article as a starting point of your own research with your financial planner. I use Seeking Alpha, Edgar Online, and Yahoo Finance for most of my data. I use the confirmed symbols from earnings.com that I believe to be of the most interest.

Source: Earnings Preview: 3 REITs Reporting Results Monday