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Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI) is expected to report earnings for last fiscal quarter after the closing bell on February 9, 2012.

Activision Blizzard, Inc. publishes online, personal computer, console, handheld, and mobile games of interactive entertainment worldwide. Activision trades an average of 8.5 million shares per day and has a market cap of $14.1 Billion.

52 Week High: $14.40
52 Week Low: $10.40
Book Value: $9.25
Float Short: 5.26%

What To Expect:

Analysts are expecting an improvement of $0.48 in earnings per share compared to last quarter's results of $0.07. The number to beat is $0.55 per share based on the estimated mean earnings. Currently, $0.52 on the low end and $0.57 per share on the high side is what market participants are expecting.

The chart is starting to improve again with a solid base built of support. The price remains above the 200 day moving average after several tests to fall under failed. While still under the 90 moving average, the price appears to be ready to leg higher again.

Here is a look at the fiscal year revenue for Activision Blizzard:

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Recent Stock and Valuation Performance:

The current trailing twelve months P/E ratio is 15.4. The forward P/E ratio is 13.47. Looking at the price movement over the last month, the stock has moved higher in price 0.33%, with a one year change of 5.50%. When comparing to the S&P 500, the year to date difference is -6.79%.

For the same fiscal period year-over-year, revenue has improved to $4.45 billion for 2010 vs. $4.28 billion for 2009. The bottom line has rising earnings year-over-year of $418.00 million for 2010 vs. $113.00 million for 2009.The company's earnings before interest and taxes are rising, with an EBIT year-over-year of $469 million for 2010 vs. $-26 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 the bottom line is keeping up with the top line.

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 ATVI:

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

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Nuance Communications (NASDAQ:NUAN) is on tap to release last fiscal quarter's results after the closing bell on February 9, 2012.

Nuance Communications, Inc. provides voice and language solutions for businesses and consumers worldwide. The company was founded in 1992 and is headquartered in Burlington, Massachusetts. Nuance trades an average of 4.9 million shares per day and has a market cap of $8.9 Billion.

52 Week High: $29.96
52 Week Low: $15.56
Book Value: $8.08
Float Short: 6.16%

What To Expect:

On average, 7 analysts are expecting a drop of $-0.06 in earnings per share compared to last quarter's results of $0.42. A beat of $0.36 per share will top the estimated mean earnings.

Here is a look at the fiscal year revenue for Nuance Communications:

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Recent Stock and Valuation Performance:

The P/E ratio has trended lower, as the current trailing twelve months P/E ratio is 32.3, while the forward P/E ratio is now 26.68. It will be interesting to see if pricing is currently at a discount, or if the market has been correct to price in lower growth expectations. In the last month, the stock has increased in price 10.68%, with a change from a year ago of 45.07%. The stock has done well as compared to the overall market. When comparing to the S&P 500, the year to date difference is 9.34%.

The company has rising revenue year-over-year of $1.32 billion for 2011 vs. $1.12 billion for 2010. The bottom line has rising earnings year-over-year of $38.24 million for 2011 vs. $-19.10 million for 2010. The company's earnings before interest and taxes are rising, with an EBIT year-over-year of $52.55 million for 2011 vs. $32.92 million for 2010. 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 the bottom line is keeping up with the top line.

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 NUAN:

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

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Convio (NASDAQ:CNVO) is expected to report last fiscal quarter's results before the opening bell on February 9, 2012. Let's review how Convio has performed in recent quarters.

The company was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Austin, Texas. Convio trades an average of 1.1 million shares per day and has a market cap of $290 Million.

52 Week High: $16.06
52 Week Low: $8.01
Book Value: $3.51
Float Short: 3.33%

What To Expect:

On average, analysts are expecting a drop of $-0.10 in earnings per share compared to last quarter's results of $0.12. Wall Street is expecting $0.02 per share based on earnings estimates.

Here is a look at the fiscal year revenue for Convio:

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Recent Stock and Valuation Performance:

The P/E ratio has been under pressure, as the current trailing twelve months P/E ratio is 68.7, while the forward P/E ratio is now 49.41. In the last month, the stock has increased in price 50.14%, and 50.57% from one year ago. With a double digit gain compared to stocks in general, the stock shares did very well as compared to the overall market. When comparing to the S&P 500, the year up to date change is 33.67%.

Management has provided an improvement of year-over-year revenue. Revenue reported was $69.74 million for 2010 vs. $63.09 million for 2009. The bottom line has rising earnings year-over-year of $3.46 million for 2010 vs. $-2.10 million for 2009.The company's earnings before interest and taxes are rising with an EBIT year-over-year of $3.77 million for 2010 vs. $-0.72 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 the bottom line is keeping up with the top line.

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 CNVO:

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

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