Analysts foresee Dell (DELL) announcing decreased profits on Tuesday, February 21, 2012, when it reports its fourth quarter earnings. Despite this, they are generally optimistic about the stock.
What to Expect:
Analysts are expecting Dell to come in with earnings of 51 cents per share, 3.8% less than a year ago when it reported earnings of 53 cents per share.
Analysts are projecting earnings of $2.13 per share for the fiscal year.
Revenue is expected to be $15.93 billion for the quarter, 1.5% higher than the year-earlier total of $15.69 billion. For the year, revenue is expected to come in at $62.03 billion.
Trends to Watch For:
The company’s profit has been growing for the past three quarters. the 8.6% year-over-year growth in net income in the most recent quarter came after the 63.3% profit growth in the second quarter and the more than twofold rise in the first quarter.
Revenue dropped year-over-year in the third quarter, breaking the three-quarter streak of revenue growth. Revenue fell 0.2% in the third quarter and rose 0.8%in the second quarter, 1% in the first quarter and 5.3% in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year.
The majority of analysts (55.6%) rate Dell as a buy. that percentage is still below the mean analyst rating of its nearest 10 competitors, which average 66.3% buys. Wall Street has warmed to the stock over the past three months, with the average analyst estimate increasing to moderate buy from hold. last quarter, 15 of 29 rated it a buy and two rated it a sell.
Dell produces a range of personal electronic items, such as desktop PCs, software and peripherals, servers, and storage. one of Dell’s main competitors in the computers and peripherals industry is Apple (AAPL). other competitors in the information technology sector include: Hewlett-Packard Company (HPQ), Silicon Graphics International (SGI), and Super Micro Computer (SMCI).