Pre-Market Earnings Report for October 10, 2012 : COST, PGR, HST, HELE, ADTN, MASC

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The following companies are expected to report earnings prior to market open on 10/10/2012. Visit our Earnings Calendar for a full list of expected earnings releases.

Costco Wholesale Corporation ( COST ) is reporting for the quarter ending August 31, 2012. The discount retail company's consensus earnings per share forecast from the 20 analysts that follow the stock is $1.30. This value represents a 20.37% increase compared to the same quarter last year. COST missed the consensus earnings per share in the 3rd calendar quarter by -0.92%. Zacks Investment Research reports that the 2012 Price to Earnings ratio for COST is 26.19 vs. an industry ratio of 14.40, implying that they will have a higher earnings growth than their competitors in the same industry.

Progressive Corporation ( PGR ) is reporting for the quarter ending September 30, 2012. The insurance (property & casualty) company's consensus earnings per share forecast from the 20 analysts that follow the stock is $0.26. This value represents a 8.33% increase compared to the same quarter last year. Zacks Investment Research reports that the 2012 Price to Earnings ratio for PGR is 18.65 vs. an industry ratio of 18.40, implying that they will have a higher earnings growth than their competitors in the same industry.

Host Marriott Financial Trust ( HST ) is reporting for the quarter ending September 30, 2012. The reit company's consensus earnings per share forecast from the 18 analysts that follow the stock is $0.21. This value represents a 31.25% increase compared to the same quarter last year. HST missed the consensus earnings per share in the 3rd calendar quarter by -5.88%. Zacks Investment Research reports that the 2012 Price to Earnings ratio for HST is 14.60 vs. an industry ratio of 14.50, implying that they will have a higher earnings growth than their competitors in the same industry.

Helen of Troy Limited ( HELE ) is reporting for the quarter ending August 31, 2012. The cosmetic & toiletries company's consensus earnings per share forecast from the 2 analysts that follow the stock is $0.86. This value represents a 16.22% increase compared to the same quarter last year. Zacks Investment Research reports that the 2013 Price to Earnings ratio for HELE is 8.65 vs. an industry ratio of 19.00.

ADTRAN, Inc. ( ADTN ) is reporting for the quarter ending September 30, 2012. The infrastructure company's consensus earnings per share forecast from the 9 analysts that follow the stock is $0.16. This value represents a -71.43% decrease compared to the same quarter last year. In the past year ADTN has met analyst expectations twice and beat the expectations the other two quarters. Zacks Investment Research reports that the 2012 Price to Earnings ratio for ADTN is 19.57 vs. an industry ratio of -7.80, implying that they will have a higher earnings growth than their competitors in the same industry.

Material Sciences Corporation ( MASC ) is reporting for the quarter ending August 31, 2012. The steel (specialty) company's consensus earnings per share forecast from the 1 analyst that follows the stock is $0.20. This value represents a -31.03% decrease compared to the same quarter last year. In the past year MASC has beat the expectations every quarter. The highest one was in the 2nd calendar quarter where they beat the consensus by 999%. The "days to cover" for this stock exceeds 19 days. Zacks Investment Research reports that the 2013 Price to Earnings ratio for MASC is 11.54 vs. an industry ratio of 13.90.



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Referenced Stocks: ADTN , COST , HELE , HST , MASC , PGR

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