Earnings Preview: Rockwell Automation

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Rockwell Automation (NYSE:ROK) is expected to report Q3 earnings before the market open on Wednesday, July 25 with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET.


Analysts are looking for EPS of $1.31 on revenue of $1.6B. The consensus range is $1.25-$1.35 for EPS, and $1.56B-$1.63B for revenue, according to First Call. The company reported disappointing results in Q2, missing both EPS and revenue estimates. On its Q2 earnings report, it narrowed its FY12 EPS view to $5.10-$5.40 from $5.05-$5.45, consensus $5.37. It also narrowed FY12 revenue view to $6.25B-$6.45B from $6.2B-$6.5B, consensus $6.41B. The company raised its dividend 11% on June 8, and simultaneously announced a new $1B share repurchase program. Recent sentiment on the Street has been mixed over the past three months with several upgrades and downgrades. The stock has traded lower since Q2 results were released in late April, falling approximately 13%. The shares made a 52-week high of $84.71 in March, and have fallen approximately 23% since then.