Pre-Market Earnings Report for February 5, 2014 : MRK, TWX, ADP, AGN, CTSH, EL, HUM, MMP, CCE, RL, GRA, LVLT

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The following companies are expected to report earnings prior to market open on 02/05/2014. Visit our Earnings Calendar for a full list of expected earnings releases.

Merck & Company, Inc. ( MRK ) is reporting for the quarter ending December 31, 2013. The large cap pharmaceutical company's consensus earnings per share forecast from the 9 analysts that follow the stock is $0.89. This value represents a 7.23% increase compared to the same quarter last year. In the past year MRK has beat the expectations every quarter. The highest one was in the 3rd calendar quarter where they beat the consensus by 4.55%. Zacks Investment Research reports that the 2013 Price to Earnings ratio for MRK is 14.88 vs. an industry ratio of 16.30.

Time Warner Inc. ( TWX ) is reporting for the quarter ending December 31, 2013. The media company's consensus earnings per share forecast from the 16 analysts that follow the stock is $1.15. This value represents a 1.71% decrease compared to the same quarter last year. In the past year TWX has beat the expectations every quarter. The highest one was in the 3rd calendar quarter where they beat the consensus by 13.48%. Zacks Investment Research reports that the 2013 Price to Earnings ratio for TWX is 16.41 vs. an industry ratio of 15.90, implying that they will have a higher earnings growth than their competitors in the same industry.

Automatic Data Processing, Inc. ( ADP ) is reporting for the quarter ending December 31, 2013. The outsourcing company's consensus earnings per share forecast from the 17 analysts that follow the stock is $0.77. This value represents a 6.94% increase compared to the same quarter last year. ADP missed the consensus earnings per share in the 2nd calendar quarter of 2013 by -1.75%. Zacks Investment Research reports that the 2014 Price to Earnings ratio for ADP is 23.37 vs. an industry ratio of 14.20, implying that they will have a higher earnings growth than their competitors in the same industry.

Allergan, Inc. ( AGN ) is reporting for the quarter ending December 31, 2013. The large cap pharmaceutical company's consensus earnings per share forecast from the 13 analysts that follow the stock is $1.34. This value represents a 16.52% increase compared to the same quarter last year. AGN missed the consensus earnings per share in the 4th calendar quarter of 2012 by -3.36%. Zacks Investment Research reports that the 2013 Price to Earnings ratio for AGN is 23.58 vs. an industry ratio of 16.30, implying that they will have a higher earnings growth than their competitors in the same industry.

Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation ( CTSH ) is reporting for the quarter ending December 31, 2013. The business software company's consensus earnings per share forecast from the 13 analysts that follow the stock is $1.05. This value represents a 14.13% increase compared to the same quarter last year. In the past year CTSH has beat the expectations every quarter. The highest one was in the 3rd calendar quarter where they beat the consensus by 4.95%. Zacks Investment Research reports that the 2013 Price to Earnings ratio for CTSH is 23.68 vs. an industry ratio of 133.40.

Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. ( EL ) is reporting for the quarter ending December 31, 2013. The cosmetic & toiletries company's consensus earnings per share forecast from the 11 analysts that follow the stock is $1.06. This value represents a 8.62% decrease compared to the same quarter last year. In the past year EL has beat the expectations every quarter. The highest one was in the 3rd calendar quarter where they beat the consensus by 2.7%. Zacks Investment Research reports that the 2014 Price to Earnings ratio for EL is 23.79 vs. an industry ratio of 20.50, implying that they will have a higher earnings growth than their competitors in the same industry.

Humana Inc. ( HUM ) is reporting for the quarter ending December 31, 2013. The hmo company's consensus earnings per share forecast from the 16 analysts that follow the stock is $0.93. This value represents a 21.85% decrease compared to the same quarter last year. In the past year HUM has beat the expectations every quarter. The highest one was in the 3rd calendar quarter where they beat the consensus by 6.94%. Zacks Investment Research reports that the 2013 Price to Earnings ratio for HUM is 11.01 vs. an industry ratio of 10.90, implying that they will have a higher earnings growth than their competitors in the same industry.

Magellan Midstream Partners L.P. ( MMP ) is reporting for the quarter ending December 31, 2013. The oil/gas company's consensus earnings per share forecast from the 12 analysts that follow the stock is $0.82. This value represents a 18.84% increase compared to the same quarter last year. MMP missed the consensus earnings per share in the 3rd calendar quarter of 2013 by -6.9%. Zacks Investment Research reports that the 2013 Price to Earnings ratio for MMP is 25.99 vs. an industry ratio of 13.10, implying that they will have a higher earnings growth than their competitors in the same industry.

Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc. ( CCE ) is reporting for the quarter ending December 31, 2013. The beverages company's consensus earnings per share forecast from the 8 analysts that follow the stock is $0.52. This value represents a 15.56% increase compared to the same quarter last year. In the past year CCE has beat the expectations every quarter. The highest one was in the 3rd calendar quarter where they beat the consensus by 2.5%. Zacks Investment Research reports that the 2013 Price to Earnings ratio for CCE is 16.85 vs. an industry ratio of 17.50.

Ralph Lauren Corporation ( RL ) is reporting for the quarter ending December 31, 2013. The textile company's consensus earnings per share forecast from the 11 analysts that follow the stock is $2.51. This value represents a 4.58% increase compared to the same quarter last year. In the past year RL has met analyst expectations once and beat the expectations the other three quarters. Zacks Investment Research reports that the 2014 Price to Earnings ratio for RL is 18.12 vs. an industry ratio of 22.60.

W.R. Grace & Co. ( GRA ) is reporting for the quarter ending December 31, 2013. The chemical company's consensus earnings per share forecast from the 4 analysts that follow the stock is $1.09. This value represents a 1.80% decrease compared to the same quarter last year. In the past year GRA has met analyst expectations once and beat the expectations the other three quarters. Zacks Investment Research reports that the 2013 Price to Earnings ratio for GRA is 22.62 vs. an industry ratio of 16.50, implying that they will have a higher earnings growth than their competitors in the same industry.

Level 3 Communications, Inc. ( LVLT ) is reporting for the quarter ending December 31, 2013. The diversified company's consensus earnings per share forecast from the 9 analysts that follow the stock is $0.05. This value represents a 131.25% increase compared to the same quarter last year. In the past year LVLT has met analyst expectations once and beat the expectations the other three quarters. Zacks Investment Research reports that the 2013 Price to Earnings ratio for LVLT is -62.02 vs. an industry ratio of 11.90.



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