Earnings Preview: Danaher Reports Q4 Results Tuesday

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Danaher Corporation (NYSE:DHR) is expected to report last fiscal quarter's results before the opening bell on January 31, 2012. Let's review how Danaher has performed in recent quarters. Danaher Corporation designs, manufactures, and markets professional, medical, industrial, and commercial products and services primarily in North America, Europe, and Asia/Australia. The company was founded in 1969 and is headquartered in Washington, District of Columbia.

52 Week High: $56.09
52 Week Low: $39.34
Book Value: $24.03
Float Short: 1.46%

Analysts are expecting an improvement of $0.05 in earnings per share compared to last quarter's results of $0.73. Investors will be looking to see a number north of $0.78 per share, based on the earnings estimates. Analyst estimates range between $0.75 and $0.81 per share.

I believe Danaher will beat the mean estimate.

The P/E ratio has been recently discounted, as the current trailing twelve months P/E ratio is 19.6, while the forward P/E ratio is now 16.16. An upside earnings report may put a lot of wind in the sails. In the last month, the stock has increased in price 10.78%, and moving in price 11.46% from one year ago. With a gain compared to stocks in general, the stock is better than the overall stock market. When comparing to the S&P 500, the year up to date change is 7.37%.

The company has rising revenue year-over-year of $13.20 billion for 2010 vs. $11.18 billion for 2009. The bottom line has rising earnings year-over-year of $1.79 billion for 2010 vs. $1.15 billion for 2009. The company's earnings before interest and taxes are rising with an EBIT year-over-year of $2.17 billion for 2010 vs. $1.54 billion 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.

Here is the last few quarters to get an idea how well they perform compared to estimates
Reported earnings per share compared to the mean estimate. Differences are rounded.

The total short interest number of shares for DHR

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

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