Zacks.com announces that the following companies will release
earnings this week: Albertsons, Coldwater Creek, Deere, Hormel Foods and Mobile TeleSystems
CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 22, 2005 Zacks.com releases its exclusive Weekly Earnings and Sector Update written by Dirk Van Dijk, Director of Research for Zacks Equity Research. In addition, the following companies will report earnings this week: Albertsons, Inc. (NYSE:ABS), Coldwater Creek (NASDAQ:CWTR), Deere & Co. (NYSE:DE), Hormel Foods (NYSE:HRL) and Mobile TeleSystems (NYSE:MBT). To see this week's full report then visit: http://at.zacks.com/?id=105
This vital update provides investors with timely information regarding companies that will be reporting their earnings in the coming week, how companies' earnings faired the week prior, exclusive sector rankings, and earnings commentary. Below you will find a synopsis of this week's earnings commentary including estimates and the Zacks Rank for the previously mentioned companies.
Companies Making an Announcement This Week: Ticker Company Name Date EPS Estimate ZacksRank(a) ------ ---------------- ------ ------------ ------------ ABS Albertsons, Inc. 11/22 .27 3 CWTR Coldwater Creek 11/22 .19 2 DE Deere & Co. 11/22 .79 3 HRL Hormel Foods 11/23 .57 2 MBT Mobile TeleSys 11/23 .66 3
To see the complete Weekly Earnings and Sector Update with the entire list of companies reporting this week and sector rankings, click http://at.zacks.com/?id=106
Synopsis of Weekly Earnings and Sector Update by Dirk Van Dijk
The third-quarter earnings season is almost over, with nearly 95% of S&P 500 firms having already reported. So far most companies are doing better than analysts expected. A total of 318 firms have exceeded expectations, 100 have disappointed and 63 have hit expectations right on the nail. This has led to a dramatic turnaround in the estimate revisions picture, particularly for this year. However, this has not been the case for all stocks, and a very high percentage of firms with positive surprises for the third quarter are suffering cuts for the fourth quarter, or even for 2005 as a whole.
The pullback in oil prices has taken a toll on the earnings estimates for the Energy sector, at least for this year, but not for next year. The sector actually suffered a slight decline in its average estimate for this year. It still continues to see strong upwards momentum in its 2006 estimates.
Measured either by total net income growth, or by the growth rate of the median firm, the S&P 500 is expected to post double digit growth for both 2005 and 2006. However, on a median basis, earnings growth is expected to decelerate from 13.9% in 2005 to 12.2% in 2006, while on a total net income basis it is expected to rise to 12.7% from 11.7% in 2005. The differences between these measures indicates a somewhat better performance for mid- to large-cap companies in 2005, but a better relative earnings performance in 2006 for mega-cap companies.
-- Over the last month, 274 firms have seen estimate increases,
while 211 have been cut for this year, a ratio of 1.30, down
from 1.35 last week. However, the average estimate fell 0.15%.
-- For 2006, the estimates rose for 241 and fell for 229, a ratio
of 1.05, up from 0.98 last week. The average estimate fell
-- A total of 2,134 current fiscal year estimates were increased
over the last month for this year while 1,624 were cut (ratio
of 1.31). Below last week reading of 1.35.
-- For 2006, 1,522 estimates were increased and 1,439 were cut a
ratio of 1.06, and inline with last week's reading of 1.05.
-- Median expected growth rates for S&P 500 firms are 13.9% for
2005 and 12.2% for 2006
-- Total net income for the S&P 500 expected to rise 12.7% in
2005 and a further 11.7% in 2006.
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