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Investment Managers to Watch for Earnings on Feb 8: PSEC, CG

The investment management industry, part of the broader Finance sector, has performed decently over the past several quarters. However, the picture looks slightly grim this time around.

Amid the post-election euphoria and the Fed rate hike, S&P 500 gained 3.3% during the three months-ended Dec 31, 2016, while fixed income markets and emerging markets witnessed a loss. Hence, average asset under management levels for most of the investment managers are likely to report a decline. As such, excluding ETFs, flow trends should be muted.

Also, strengthening of the U.S. dollar is expected to put pressure on these companies' fees. In addition, heightened regulatory scrutiny has created a tough backdrop for traditional asset managers.

Notably, per our Earnings Preview , overall earnings for the Finance sector in the Oct-Dec 2016 quarter are expected to be up 20.8% year over year.

Now, let's have a look at the two investment management stocks that are scheduled to report their earnings tomorrow.

Prospect Capital CorporationPSEC , which is set to announce its second-quarter fiscal 2017 results after market close, has a Zacks Consensus Estimate of 23 cents for the upcoming release. It reflects year-over-year decline of about 16.1%. Notably, the estimates remained stable over the past 30 days.

Also, it is difficult to conclusively predict an earnings beat this quarter as the company carries a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell) with an Earnings ESP of 0.00%.

(You can uncover the best stocks to buy or sell before they're reported with our Earnings ESP Filter .)

Notably, the company delivered an average positive earnings surprise of 0.9% in the trailing four quarters as depicted in the chart below.

Prospect Capital Corporation Price and EPS Surprise

Prospect Capital Corporation Price and EPS Surprise | Prospect Capital Corporation Quote

The Carlyle Group LPCG , which is slated to report fourth quarter and 2016 results before the market opens, has a Zacks Consensus Estimate of 42 cents for the quarter. This indicates year-over-year surge of nearly 75.7%. Also, the estimates have been revised 2.4% upward over the past 30 days.

The company looks set to beat earnings this quarter as it has an Earnings ESP of +2.38% and Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today's Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here .

Nonetheless, the company delivered an average negative earnings surprise of 1.4% in the trailing four quarters as depicted in the chart below.

The Carlyle Group L.P. Price and EPS Surprise

The Carlyle Group L.P. Price and EPS Surprise | The Carlyle Group L.P. Quote

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