Pre-Market Earnings Report for October 22, 2012 : CAT, FCX, VFC, STI, NLSN, BTU, HAS, PHG, LII, BOH, PCH, BMRC

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The following companies are expected to report earnings prior to market open on 10/22/2012. Visit our Earnings Calendar for a full list of expected earnings releases.

Caterpillar, Inc. ( CAT ) is reporting for the quarter ending September 30, 2012. The machinery company's consensus earnings per share forecast from the 19 analysts that follow the stock is $2.21. This value represents a 14.51% increase compared to the same quarter last year. In the past year CAT has beat the expectations every quarter. The highest one was in the 2nd calendar quarter where they beat the consensus by 11.89%. Zacks Investment Research reports that the 2012 Price to Earnings ratio for CAT is 9.19 vs. an industry ratio of 11.80.

Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold, Inc. ( FCX ) is reporting for the quarter ending September 30, 2012. The mining company's consensus earnings per share forecast from the 16 analysts that follow the stock is $0.74. This value represents a -32.73% decrease compared to the same quarter last year. Zacks Investment Research reports that the 2012 Price to Earnings ratio for FCX is 12.33 vs. an industry ratio of -2.60, implying that they will have a higher earnings growth than their competitors in the same industry.

V.F. Corporation ( VFC ) is reporting for the quarter ending September 30, 2012. The textile company's consensus earnings per share forecast from the 18 analysts that follow the stock is $3.49. This value represents a 21.60% increase compared to the same quarter last year. In the past year VFC has beat the expectations every quarter. The highest one was in the 2nd calendar quarter where they beat the consensus by 18.09%. Zacks Investment Research reports that the 2012 Price to Earnings ratio for VFC is 17.72 vs. an industry ratio of 16.50, implying that they will have a higher earnings growth than their competitors in the same industry.

SunTrust Banks, Inc. ( STI ) is reporting for the quarter ending September 30, 2012. The bank company's consensus earnings per share forecast from the 23 analysts that follow the stock is $2.00. This value represents a 412.82% increase compared to the same quarter last year. In the past year STI has beat the expectations every quarter. The highest one was in the 2nd calendar quarter where they beat the consensus by 13.64%. Zacks Investment Research reports that the 2012 Price to Earnings ratio for STI is 8.08 vs. an industry ratio of 12.40.

Nielsen Holdings N.V. ( NLSN ) is reporting for the quarter ending September 30, 2012. The business info service company's consensus earnings per share forecast from the 6 analysts that follow the stock is $0.50. This value represents a 6.38% increase compared to the same quarter last year. In the past year NLSN has beat the expectations every quarter. The highest one was in the 2nd calendar quarter where they beat the consensus by 2.5%. Zacks Investment Research reports that the 2012 Price to Earnings ratio for NLSN is 17.89 vs. an industry ratio of 15.20, implying that they will have a higher earnings growth than their competitors in the same industry.

Peabody Energy Corporation ( BTU ) is reporting for the quarter ending September 30, 2012. The coal company's consensus earnings per share forecast from the 18 analysts that follow the stock is $0.34. This value represents a -60.92% decrease compared to the same quarter last year. BTU missed the consensus earnings per share in the 3rd calendar quarter by -2.25%. Zacks Investment Research reports that the 2012 Price to Earnings ratio for BTU is 15.50 vs. an industry ratio of 3.50, implying that they will have a higher earnings growth than their competitors in the same industry.

Hasbro, Inc. ( HAS ) is reporting for the quarter ending September 30, 2012. The toy (game/hobby) company's consensus earnings per share forecast from the 11 analysts that follow the stock is $1.20. This value represents a -5.51% decrease compared to the same quarter last year. The "days to cover" for this stock exceeds 14 days. Zacks Investment Research reports that the 2012 Price to Earnings ratio for HAS is 13.85 vs. an industry ratio of 4.30, implying that they will have a higher earnings growth than their competitors in the same industry.

Koninklijke Philips Electronics, N.V. ( PHG ) is reporting for the quarter ending September 30, 2012. The electrical instrument company's consensus earnings per share forecast from the 2 analysts that follow the stock is $0.39. This value represents a 85.71% increase compared to the same quarter last year. Zacks Investment Research reports that the 2012 Price to Earnings ratio for PHG is 18.37 vs. an industry ratio of 9.00, implying that they will have a higher earnings growth than their competitors in the same industry.

Lennox International, Inc. ( LII ) is reporting for the quarter ending September 30, 2012. The building company's consensus earnings per share forecast from the 9 analysts that follow the stock is $0.96. This value represents a 20.00% increase compared to the same quarter last year. In the past year LII has met analyst expectations once and beat the expectations the other three quarters. Zacks Investment Research reports that the 2012 Price to Earnings ratio for LII is 19.03 vs. an industry ratio of 22.50.

Bank of Hawaii Corporation ( BOH ) is reporting for the quarter ending September 30, 2012. The bank (west) company's consensus earnings per share forecast from the 12 analysts that follow the stock is $0.89. This value represents a -3.26% decrease compared to the same quarter last year. In the past year BOH has beat the expectations every quarter. The highest one was in the 2nd calendar quarter where they beat the consensus by 4.65%. The "days to cover" for this stock exceeds 11 days. Zacks Investment Research reports that the 2012 Price to Earnings ratio for BOH is 12.16 vs. an industry ratio of 15.50.

Potlatch Corporation ( PCH ) is reporting for the quarter ending September 30, 2012. The building company's consensus earnings per share forecast from the 6 analysts that follow the stock is $0.41. This value represents a -36.92% decrease compared to the same quarter last year. PCH missed the consensus earnings per share in the 4th calendar quarter by -115.38%. Zacks Investment Research reports that the 2012 Price to Earnings ratio for PCH is 43.03 vs. an industry ratio of -30.70, implying that they will have a higher earnings growth than their competitors in the same industry.

Bank of Marin Bancorp ( BMRC ) is reporting for the quarter ending September 30, 2012. The bank (west) company's consensus earnings per share forecast from the 7 analysts that follow the stock is $0.86. This value represents a 8.86% increase compared to the same quarter last year. BMRC missed the consensus earnings per share in the 4th calendar quarter by -20.25%. The "days to cover" for this stock exceeds 11 days. Zacks Investment Research reports that the 2012 Price to Earnings ratio for BMRC is 11.78 vs. an industry ratio of 15.50.



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