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The second week of April 2012 is as usual a busy earnings week, with many quarterly earnings releases scheduled and so many stocks to watch. However, my focus is on 10 of them - and these 10 have been selected based on popularity, volume and more importantly, significant price changes expected based on earnings results and forecasts.

This article provides earnings previews and considerations for the next week. Use this list as a potential starting point for your analysis.

Alcoa Inc. (AA): Alcoa Inc. (Alcoa) is engaged in the production and management of primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum, and alumina combined, through its participation in technology, mining, refining, smelting, fabricating, and recycling. Alcoa's products are used worldwide in aircraft, automobiles, commercial transportation, packaging, building and construction, oil and gas, defense, consumer electronics, and industrial applications.

Alcoa has a market cap of $10.68 billion and will report its first quarter earnings results on April 10, 2012, after market close. The first quarter revenues are expected to be $5.73 billion compared to $5.96 billion for the same quarter last year. Earnings per share for the first quarter are expected to come in at a loss of 4 cents a share, from 28 cents a share in the year ago period. Alcoa is currently trading around $10.02 with a 52week range of $8.45-$18.47.

ADTRAN, Inc. (ADTN): ADTRAN, Inc. designs, manufactures, markets and services network access solutions for communications networks. The Company major product categories are Carrier Systems, Business Networking and Loop Access. It operates to two divisions: the Carrier Networks Division and the Enterprise Networks Division.

ADTRAN has a market cap of $1.99 billion and will report its first quarter earnings results on April 11, 2012, before marker open. The first quarter revenues are expected to be $134.26 million compared to $165.52 million for the same quarter last year. Earnings per share for the first quarter are expected to be 20 cents a share from 52 cents a share in the year ago period. ADTRAN is currently trading around $31.19 with a 52-week range of $25.46-$43.86.

Titan Machinery Inc. (TITN): Titan Machinery Inc. owns and operates a network of agricultural and construction equipment stores in the United States. It is a retail dealer of Case IH Agriculture equipment and a retail dealer of New Holland Agriculture, Case Construction and New Holland Construction equipment in the United States.

Titan Machinery has a market cap of $586.14 million and will report its fourth quarter earnings results on April 11, 2012, before marker open. The fourth quarter revenues are expected to be $433.26 million compared to $368.06 million for the same quarter last year. Earnings per share for the fourth quarter are expected to be 52 cents a share from 57 cents a share in the year ago period. Titan Machinery is currently trading around $28.20 with a 52-week range of $15.58-$32.03.

J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. (JBHT): J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. is a holding company that, together with its wholly owned subsidiaries, operates as a surface transportation and delivery services to a diverse group of customers and consumers throughout the continental United States, Canada and Mexico. Its service offerings include transportation of full truckload containerized freight, which it directly transports utilizing company-controlled revenue equipment and company drivers or independent contractors. It also provides customized freight movement, revenue equipment, labor, systems and delivery services.

J.B. Hunt Transport Services has a market cap of $6.36 billion and will report its first quarter earnings results on April 12, 2012, before marker open. The first quarter revenues are expected to be $1.15 billion compared to $1.00 billion for the same quarter last year. Earnings per share for the first quarter are expected to be 51 cents a share from 40 cents a share in the year ago period. J.B. Hunt Transport Services is currently trading around $54.37 with a 52-week range of $34.42-$55.30.

LDK Solar Co., Ltd (LDK): LDK Solar is a vertically integrated manufacturer of photovoltaic (PV) products. The company manufactures and sells multicrystalline, and monocrystalline solar wafers globally to manufacturers of solar cells and solar modules. The company's products include Polysilicon, Wafer, Cell and Module. It constructed two polysilicon plants, Mahong Plant and Xiacun Plant.

LDK Solar has a market cap of $599.11 million and will report its fourth quarter earnings results on April 12, 2012, before marker open. The fourth quarter revenues are expected to be $432.40 million compared to $920.88 million for the same quarter last year. Earnings per share for the fourth quarter are expected to be loss of 72 cents a share from 40 cents a share in the year ago period. LDK Solar is currently trading around $4,00 with a 52-week range of $2.55-$12.33.

Rite Aid Corporation (RAD): Rite Aid Corporation is a retail drugstore chain in the United States. The company operates its drugstores in 31 states across the country and in the District of Columbia. In its stores, the company sells prescription drugs and a assortment of other merchandise, which it calls front end products. The company also sells a selection of health and beauty aids and personal care products, seasonal merchandise and a large private brand product line.

Rite Aid Corporation has a market cap of $1.56 billion and will report its fourth quarter earnings results on April 12, 2012, before market open. The fourth quarter revenues are expected to be $7.03 billion compared to $6.46 billion for the same quarter last year. Earnings per share for the fourth quarter are expected to be loss of 14 cents a share from loss of 24 cents a share in the year ago period. Rite Aid Corporation is currently trading around $1.74 with a 52-week range of $0.85-$2.12.

Fastenal Company (FAST): Fastenal Company is engaged in selling industrial and construction supplies in a wholesale and retail fashion. The industrial and construction supplies are grouped into eleven product lines. The company distributes the supplies through a network of approximately 2,600 company owned stores. Most of its customers are in the manufacturing and non-residential construction markets.

Fastenal Company has a market cap of $15.97 billion and will report its first quarter earnings results on April 12, 2012, before marker open. The first quarter revenues are expected to be $764.85 million when compared to $640.58 million for the same quarter last year. Earnings per share for the first quarter are expected to be 34 cents a share from 27 cents a share in the year ago period. Fastenal Company is currently trading around $54.10 with a 52-week range of $29.14-$55.05.

iGATE Corporation (IGTE): iGATE Corporation, through its operating subsidiaries, provides information technology (IT) and IT- $enabled operations offshore outsourcing services to large and medium-sized organizations. It provides end-to-end business solutions that leverage technology thus enabling its clients to enhance business performance.

iGATE has a market cap of $952.29 million and will report its first quarter earnings results on April 13, 2012, before marker open. The first quarter revenues are expected to be $270.27 million compared to $75.80 million for the same quarter last year. Earnings per share for the first quarter are expected to be 32 cents a share from 23 cents a share in the year ago period. iGATE is currently trading around $16.76 with a 52-week range of $9.32-$19.58.

JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM): JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPMorgan Chase) is a financial holding company. Its principal bank subsidiaries are JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association (JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.), a national bank with United States branches in 23 states, and Chase Bank USA, National Association (Chase Bank USA, N.A.), a national bank that is the firm's credit card-issuing bank. Its principal non-bank subsidiary is J.P. Morgan Securities LLC (JPMorgan Securities).

JPMorgan Chase has a market cap of $175.52 billion and will report its first quarter earnings results on April 13, 2012, before marker open. The first quarter revenues are expected to be $24.45 billion compared to $25.79 billion for the same quarter last year. Earnings per share for the first quarter are expected to be $1.13 a share from $1.28 a share in the year ago period. JPMorgan Chase is currently trading around $45.98 with a 52-week range of $27.85-$47.80.

Wells Fargo & Company (WFC): Wells Fargo & Company is a bank holding company. The company is a diversified financial services company. It has three operating segments: Community Banking Wholesale Banking and Wealth, Brokerage and Retirement. The company provides retail, commercial and corporate banking services through banking stores and offices, the Internet and other distribution channels to individuals, businesses and institutions in 50 states, the District of Columbia and in other countries.

Wells Fargo has a market cap of $180.18 billion and will report its first quarter earnings results on April 13, 2012, before marker open. The first quarter revenues are expected to be $20.35 billion compared to $20.33 billion for the same quarter last year. Earnings per share for the first quarter are expected to be 72 cents a share from 67 cents a share in the year ago period. Wells Fargo is currently trading around $34.14 with a 52-week range of $22.58-$34.59.

Sources: Some of the data is sourced from Google Finance, Yahoo Finance and investors sites.

Disclaimer: I am not a registered investment advisor and do not provide specific investment advice. The information contained herein is for informational purposes only. Nothing in this article should be taken as a solicitation to purchase or sell securities. Before buying or selling any stock you should do your own research and reach your own conclusion. It is up to investors to make the correct decision after necessary research.


Source: 10 Notable Earnings To Watch In The Second Week Of April 2012