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Business Information Q3 Earnings on Nov 1: VRSK, DNB & More

The earnings season is well into the second half of the reporting cycle with over 291 S&P 500 companies having already reported results till Oct 28. Based on the hitherto observed pattern, Q3 results have improved significantly from the preceding quarters and are likely to end up in the positive territory after five consecutive quarters of earnings decline for the benchmark index.

Per the latest Earnings Preview report, combining the actual results from the 291 S&P 500 members with estimates from the yet-to-report 209 index members, overall Q3 earnings are expected to be up 2% on a 1.4% growth in revenues. The relative improvement in estimate revisions for the quarter is largely due to a turnaround in the economy and rising oil prices . Experts widely believe that growth is likely to ramp up in Q4 and beyond.

For Q3 as a whole, about four of the 16 Zacks sectors are expected to witness an earnings decline, with Oil/Energy, Transportation and Autos being the biggest drag.

Over 1000 companies are scheduled to report results this week, including 130 S&P 500 members, bringing the tally for Q3 results of the index's total membership to 84.2%. Among the Business Information stocks slated to report their third-quarter 2016 numbers on Nov 1, let's have a sneak peek at four major players to see how things are shaping up for the upcoming results.

Verisk Analytics, Inc.VRSK is scheduled to report its earnings after the closing bell tomorrow. During the to-be-reported quarter, Verisk Insurance Solutions collaborated with SAP SE (SAP) to utilize its cloud-based solution Circular Authority for Insurance for tracking and analyzing Insurance Service Office Circulars. The addition of this software to Verisk's product portfolio will add value and functionality for its customers and will likely augment its top line. For the impending quarter, the company has an Earnings ESP of -2.67%, and Zacks Rank #3 (Hold), making an earnings surprise prediction uncertain.

(Read more: Verisk to Report Q3 Earnings: What's in the Cards? )

VERISK ANALYTIC Price and EPS Surprise

VERISK ANALYTIC Price and EPS Surprise | VERISK ANALYTIC Quote

LifeLock, Inc.LOCK is also slated to report its earnings after the closing bell tomorrow. The company offers identity theft protection services for consumers and consumer risk management services for businesses across the U.S. LifeLock has an Earnings ESP of 0.00% and carries a Zacks Rank #3. You can see the complete list of today's Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here . Over the last four quarters, the company beat estimates on all occasions, with an average beat of 35.3%.

LIFELOCK INC Price and EPS Surprise

LIFELOCK INC Price and EPS Surprise | LIFELOCK INC Quote

The Dun & Bradstreet CorporationDNB will report its results after the closing bell tomorrow. Dun & Bradstreet's high-margin business model, strategic investments, technological collaborations, accretive cloud-based acquisitions and aggressive share buyback will drive growth. For the impending quarter, this Zacks Rank #3 stock has an Earnings ESP of -1.71%, making surprise prediction uncertain.

(Read more: What's in Store for Dun & Bradstreet in Q3 Earnings? )

DUN &BRADST-NEW Price and EPS Surprise

DUN &BRADST-NEW Price and EPS Surprise | DUN &BRADST-NEW Quote

National Research Corp.NRCIB is scheduled to report its earnings after the closing bell tomorrow. The company is a leading provider of ongoing survey-based performance measurement, analysis and tracking services to the healthcare industry. National Research Corp. has an Earnings ESP of 0.00% and carries a Zacks Rank #3. Over the last four quarters, the company beat estimates thrice, with an average beat of 7.83%.

NATL RESEARCH Price and EPS Surprise

NATL RESEARCH Price and EPS Surprise | NATL RESEARCH Quote

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