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The third week of April 2012 is one of the busiest earnings weeks one can imagine, with many quarterly earnings releases scheduled and a bunch of stocks to watch. However, my focus is on 63 of them, which have been selected based on popularity, volume and, more importantly, significant price changes expected due to earnings results and forecasts.

In this article, I will focus on the first set of 11 stocks, and will continue the series later this week. This article provides earnings previews on several stocks to consider in anticipation of their earnings reports. Use this list as a potential starting point for your analysis.

Citigroup (C): Citigroup is a global diversified financial services holding company whose businesses provide consumers, corporations, governments, and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services. Citigroup has approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions.

Citigroup has a market cap of $100.11 billion and will report its first-quarter earnings results on April 16, 2012, before market open. First-quarter revenues are expected to be $19.63 billion when compared to $19.73 billion for the same quarter last year. Earnings per share for the first quarter are expected to be 98 cents a share, down from $1 a share in the year-ago period. Citigroup is currently trading around $34.17, with a 52-week range of $21.40-$46.90.

Mattel (MAT): Mattel -- together with its subsidiaries -- designs, manufactures, and markets various toy products such as fashion dolls and accessories, vehicles and play sets, and games and puzzles.

Mattel has a market cap of $11.45 billion and will report its first-quarter earnings results on April 16, 2012, before market open. First-quarter revenues are expected to be $988.75 million, compared to $951.90 million for the same quarter last year. Earnings per share for the first quarter are expected to be 7 cents a share, up from 5 cents a share in the year-ago period. Mattel is currently trading around $33.69, with a 52-week range of $22.70-$34.62.

Charles Schwab (SCHW): Charles Schwab is a savings and loan holding company. The company engages, through its subsidiaries, in securities brokerage, banking, and related financial services. It provides financial services to individuals and institutional clients through two segments: Investor Services and Institutional Services.

Schwab has a market cap of $17.97 billion and will report its first-quarter earnings results on April 16, 2012, before market open. First-quarter revenues are expected to be $1.18 billion, compared to $1.21 billion for the same quarter last year. Earnings per share for the first quarter are expected to be 15 cents, down from 20 cents a share in the year-ago period. Schwab is currently trading around $14.12, with a 52-week range of $10.56-$18.90.

Coca-Cola (KO): Coca-Cola is a beverage company that owns or licenses and markets more than 500 nonalcoholic beverage brands, primarily sparkling beverages but also water, enhanced waters, juices and juice drinks, ready-to-drink teas and coffees, and energy and sports drinks.

Coca-Cola has a market cap of $165.31 billion and will report its first-quarter earnings results on April 17, 2012, before market open. First-quarter revenues are expected to be $10.82 billion, compared to $10.54 billion for the same quarter last year. Earnings per share for the first quarter are expected to be 88 cents, up from 86 cents a share in the year-ago period. Coca-Cola is currently trading around $73.00, with a 52-week range of $63.34-$74.39.

Forest Laboratories (FRX): Forest Laboratories develops, manufactures, and sells branded forms of ethical drug products, most of which require a physician's prescription. The company also focuses on the development and introduction of new products, including ones developed in collaboration with licensing partners.

Forest Laboratories has a market cap of $9.01 billion and will report its fourth-quarter earnings results on April 17, 2012, before market open. Fourth-quarter revenues are expected to be $1.02 billion, compared to $1.14 billion for the same quarter last year. Earnings per share for the fourth quarter are expected to be 70 cents, down from $1.12 a share in the year-ago period. Forest Laboratories is currently trading around $33.95, with a 52-week range of $28.47-$40.52.

W.W. Grainger (GWW): W.W. Grainger is a distributor of maintenance, repair and operating supplies, and other related products and services used by businesses and institutions primarily in the U.S. and Canada. W.W. Grainger uses a multichannel business model to provide customers with a range of options for finding and purchasing products utilizing sales representatives, direct marketing materials, catalogs, and e-commerce.

W.W. Grainger has a market cap of $15.08 billion and will report its first-quarter earnings results on April 17, 2012, before market open. The first-quarter revenues are expected to be $2.19 billion, compared to $1.88 billion for the same quarter last year. Earnings per share for the first quarter are expected to be $2.50, up from $2.18 a share in the year-ago period. W.W. Grainger is currently trading around $214.62, with a 52-week range of $124.33-$221.84.

Johnson & Johnson (JNJ): Johnson & Johnson is a holding company that, along with its subsidiaries, is engaged in the research and development and manufacture and sale of a range of products in the healthcare field. The company operates in three segments: Consumer, Pharmaceutical, and Medical Devices and Diagnostics.

Johnson & Johnson has a market cap of $178.23 billion and will report its first-quarter earnings results on April 17, 2012, before market open. The first-quarter revenues are expected to be $16.27 billion, compared to $16.17 billion for the same quarter last year. Earnings per share for the first quarter are expected to be $1.35, remaining the same as the $1.35 a share in the year-ago period. Johnson & Johnson is currently trading around $64.92, with a 52-week range of $59.08-$68.05.

Northern Trust (NTRS): Northern Trust is a financial holding company that provides asset servicing, fund administration, asset management, fiduciary, and banking solutions for corporations, institutions, families and individuals worldwide. Northern Trust conducts business through various U.S. and non-U.S. subsidiaries, including The Northern Trust Company (Bank).

Northern Trust has a market cap of $11.15 billion and will report its first-quarter earnings results on April 17, 2012, before market open. The first-quarter revenues are expected to be $974.53 million, compared to $908.40 million for the same quarter last year. Earnings per share for the first quarter are expected to be 66 cents, up from 59 cents a share in the year-ago period. Northern Trust is currently trading around $46.22, with a 52-week range of $33.20-$52.57.

U.S. Bancorp (USB): U.S. Bancorp is a multistate financial services holding company. It provides a range of financial services, including lending and depository services, cash management, foreign exchange, and trust and investment management services. It also engages in credit card services, merchant and automated teller machine (ATM) processing, mortgage banking, insurance, brokerage, and leasing.

U.S. Bancorp has a market cap of $59.12 billion and will report its first-quarter earnings results on April 17, 2012, before market open. The first-quarter revenues are expected to be $4.78 billion, compared to $4.48 billion for the same quarter last year. Earnings per share for the first quarter are expected to be 64 cents, up from 52 cents a share in the year-ago period. U.S. Bancorp is currently trading around $31.01, with a 52-week range of $20.10-$32.23.

TD Ameritrade (AMTD): TD Ameritrade is a provider of securities brokerage services and technology-based financial services to retail investors, traders, and independent registered investment advisors (RIAs). The company provides its services predominantly through the Internet, a national branch network, and relationships with RIAs.

TD Ameritrade has a market cap of $10.47 billion and will report its first-quarter earnings results on April 17, 2012, before market open. The first-quarter revenues are expected to be $672.18 million, compared to $718.23 million for the same quarter last year. Earnings per share for the first quarter are expected to be 25 cents, down from 30 cents a share in the year-ago period. TD Ameritrade is currently trading around $19.09, with a 52-week range of $13.43-$22.60.

Goldman Sachs (GS): Goldman Sachs is a global investment banking, securities and investment management firm that provides a range of financial services to a substantial and diversified client base that includes corporations, financial institutions, governments, and high net worth individuals. Goldman Sachs reports activities in four segments: Investment Banking, Institutional Client Services, Investing and Lending, and Investment Management.

Goldman Sachs has a market cap of $57.91 billion and will report its first-quarter earnings results on April 17, 2012, before market open. The first-quarter revenues are expected to be $9.27 billion, compared to $11.89 billion for the same quarter last year. Earnings per share for the first quarter are expected to be $3.43, up from $1.56 a share in the year-ago period. Goldman Sachs is currently trading around $117.02, with a 52-week range of $84.27-$164.40.

Sources: Some of the data is taken from Google Finance, Yahoo Finance and investor sites.

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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.

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Source: 11 Notable Earnings To Watch In The Third Week Of April 2012, Part 1