Pre-Market Earnings Report for October 26, 2012 : MRK, CMCSA, LYB, ERIC, CMCSK, VTR, AON, WY, MCO, EGO, DLR, COL

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The following companies are expected to report earnings prior to market open on 10/26/2012. Visit our Earnings Calendar for a full list of expected earnings releases.

Merck & Company, Inc. ( MRK ) is reporting for the quarter ending September 30, 2012. The large cap pharmaceutical company's consensus earnings per share forecast from the 13 analysts that follow the stock is $0.93. This value represents a -1.06% decrease compared to the same quarter last year. In the past year MRK has beat the expectations every quarter. The highest one was in the 2nd calendar quarter where they beat the consensus by 3.96%. Zacks Investment Research reports that the 2012 Price to Earnings ratio for MRK is 12.04 vs. an industry ratio of 14.20.

Comcast Corporation ( CMCSA ) is reporting for the quarter ending September 30, 2012. The cable tv company's consensus earnings per share forecast from the 21 analysts that follow the stock is $0.46. This value represents a 39.39% increase compared to the same quarter last year. CMCSA missed the consensus earnings per share in the 3rd calendar quarter by -17.5%. Zacks Investment Research reports that the 2012 Price to Earnings ratio for CMCSA is 18.77 vs. an industry ratio of 18.10, implying that they will have a higher earnings growth than their competitors in the same industry.

LyondellBasell Industries NV ( LYB ) is reporting for the quarter ending September 30, 2012. The chemical company's consensus earnings per share forecast from the 14 analysts that follow the stock is $1.44. This value represents a -5.88% decrease compared to the same quarter last year. LYB missed the consensus earnings per share in the 4th calendar quarter by -46.67%. Zacks Investment Research reports that the 2012 Price to Earnings ratio for LYB is 10.33 vs. an industry ratio of 13.10.

Ericsson ( ERIC ) is reporting for the quarter ending September 30, 2012. The wireless equipment company's consensus earnings per share forecast from the 9 analysts that follow the stock is $0.11. This value represents a -50.00% decrease compared to the same quarter last year. Zacks Investment Research reports that the 2012 Price to Earnings ratio for ERIC is 15.89 vs. an industry ratio of 10.00, implying that they will have a higher earnings growth than their competitors in the same industry.

Comcast Corporation ( CMCSK ) is reporting for the quarter ending September 30, 2012. The cable tv company's consensus earnings per share forecast from the 2 analysts that follow the stock is $0.47. This value represents a 42.42% increase compared to the same quarter last year. CMCSK missed the consensus earnings per share in the 3rd calendar quarter by -17.5%. Zacks Investment Research reports that the 2012 Price to Earnings ratio for CMCSK is 18.11 vs. an industry ratio of 18.10, implying that they will have a higher earnings growth than their competitors in the same industry.

Ventas, Inc. ( VTR ) is reporting for the quarter ending September 30, 2012. The reit company's consensus earnings per share forecast from the 12 analysts that follow the stock is $0.94. This value represents a 6.82% increase compared to the same quarter last year. In the past year VTR 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 VTR is 17.09 vs. an industry ratio of 14.50, implying that they will have a higher earnings growth than their competitors in the same industry.

Aon plc ( AON ) is reporting for the quarter ending September 30, 2012. The insurance brokers company's consensus earnings per share forecast from the 16 analysts that follow the stock is $0.89. This value represents a 28.99% increase compared to the same quarter last year. Zacks Investment Research reports that the 2012 Price to Earnings ratio for AON is 12.52 vs. an industry ratio of 18.20.

Weyerhaeuser Company ( WY ) is reporting for the quarter ending September 30, 2012. The building company's consensus earnings per share forecast from the 12 analysts that follow the stock is $0.17. This value represents a 41.67% increase compared to the same quarter last year. WY missed the consensus earnings per share in the 2nd calendar quarter by -10%. Zacks Investment Research reports that the 2012 Price to Earnings ratio for WY is 64.09 vs. an industry ratio of -9.80, implying that they will have a higher earnings growth than their competitors in the same industry.

Moody's Corporation ( MCO ) is reporting for the quarter ending September 30, 2012. The financial services company's consensus earnings per share forecast from the 5 analysts that follow the stock is $0.64. This value represents a 18.52% increase compared to the same quarter last year. MCO missed the consensus earnings per share in the 4th calendar quarter by -12.24%. The "days to cover" for this stock exceeds 11 days. Zacks Investment Research reports that the 2012 Price to Earnings ratio for MCO is 16.37 vs. an industry ratio of 21.60.

Eldorado Gold Corporation ( EGO ) is reporting for the quarter ending September 30, 2012. The gold mining company's consensus earnings per share forecast from the 8 analysts that follow the stock is $0.11. This value represents a -42.11% decrease compared to the same quarter last year. The last two quarters EGO had negative earnings surprises; the latest report they missed by -46.15%. Zacks Investment Research reports that the 2012 Price to Earnings ratio for EGO is 28.85 vs. an industry ratio of 0.20, implying that they will have a higher earnings growth than their competitors in the same industry.

Digital Realty Trust, Inc. ( DLR ) is reporting for the quarter ending September 30, 2012. The reit company's consensus earnings per share forecast from the 14 analysts that follow the stock is $0.96. This value represents a -4.95% decrease compared to the same quarter last year. In the past year DLR 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 DLR is 14.92 vs. an industry ratio of 14.50, implying that they will have a higher earnings growth than their competitors in the same industry.

Rockwell Collins, Inc. ( COL ) is reporting for the quarter ending September 30, 2012. The aerospace and defense company's consensus earnings per share forecast from the 17 analysts that follow the stock is $1.09. This value represents a 6.86% increase compared to the same quarter last year. Zacks Investment Research reports that the 2012 Price to Earnings ratio for COL is 12.56 vs. an industry ratio of 12.60.



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