What to watch in earnings this week

This week's highlights include quarterly reports from the two biggest companies by market capitalization, Apple and Exxon Mobil, which are expect to post declining earnings.

By Benzinga Oct 28, 2013 10:04AM
Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks in San Francisco, Calif., on September 12, 2012 (© Eric Risberg/AP)By Nelson Hem

The earnings crunch rolls on.
This week's highlights include quarterly reports from the two biggest companies by market capitalization, Apple and Exxon Mobil, which are expect to post declining earnings. Per-share earnings from General Motors are expected to be the same as a year ago, and analysts are looking for earnings growth from Facebook and Berkshire Hathaway.
Below is a quick day-by-day run down of analyst expectations for some of the week's most prominent reports.

Apple (AAPL) steps into the earnings spotlight after the closing bell on Monday. The tech giant is expected to say that fiscal fourth-quarter earnings per share (EPS) slipped more than eight percent year-over-year to $7.93, while revenue rose less than three percent to $36.84 billion.


The full-year forecast for Apple has EPS more than 10 percent lower to $39.41 on revenue that is up less than nine percent to $170.30 billion. The consensus EPS estimates for both the full year and the fourth quarter have been rising over the past 60 days.


Others predicted to report year-over-year earnings growth on Monday include Biogen Idec (BIIB), Burger King Worldwide (BKW) and Herbalife (HLF).


An earnings decline is expected from Merck (MRK) and Seagate Technology (STX).



The week will bring quarterly results from several oil supermajors, and BP (BP) is expected to report Tuesday before the opening bell. The forecast has EPS down more than 38 percent year-over-year to $1.00, and revenue that is more than 34 percent lower to $61.30 billion.


Aetna (AET), Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), DreamWorks Animation (DWA) and Electronic Arts (EA) are expected to post earnings declines as well when they report Tuesday.


Analysts are looking for earnings growth from Baidu (BIDU), Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD), Goodyear Tire & Rubber (GT), IAC/InterActive (IACI), JetBlue Airways (JBLU) and LinkedIn (LNKD).


Look for another net loss from Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (MSO) and U.S. Steel (X), while Nokia (NOK) is expected to have broken even again in the most recent quarter.



Before the opening bell, General Motors (GM) is expected to say that its third-quarter EPS came to $0.93 and revenue totaled $39.49 billion. That compares to $0.93 per share and $37.58 billion in revenue in the year-ago period. GM topped consensus EPS estimates by more than 10 percent in the previous two quarters.


After the trading session ends, Facebook (FB) is expected to post earnings of $0.19 per share and $1.91 billion in revenues. That would be up year-over-year from EPS of $0.12 and revenue of $1.26 billion. The positive earnings surprise in the second quarter was more than 35 percent.


Wednesday morning, also look for earnings growth from Comcast (CMCSA) and PriceSmart (PSMT), earnings declines from Phillips 66 (PSX) and Sodastream International (SODA), and a net loss from Sprint (S).


Then later in the day, Avis Budget (CAR), Boston Beer (SAM), Expedia (EXPE), Marriott International (MAR), MetLife (MET) and Visa (NYSE: V) are expected to join the earnings gainer parade.


But the forecasts for Allstate (ALL) and Kraft Foods (KRFT) call for declines in EPS.



Among the many reports Thursday will be those from Exxon Mobil (XOM) and Starbucks (SBUX). For their most recent quarters, the oil giant is expected to post EPS of $1.78 and the coffee company $0.60 EPS. That would be down almost 15 percent and up more than 23 percent, respectively.


As for revenue, Exxon's is forecast to be more than seven percent lower year-over-year, while that of Starbucks is about 13 percent higher. Exxon reports before the trading session and Starbucks after.


Like Exxon, AIG (AIG), AstraZeneca (AZN), Barrick Gold (ABX), Estee Lauder (EL), First Solar (FSLR), Newmont Mining (NEM) and Time Warner Cable (TWC) are forecast to post lower quarterly earnings.


Analysts are looking for earnings growth from Avon Products (AVP), Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD), Discovery Communications (DISCA) and MasterCard (MA), but EPS the same as a year ago from ConocoPhillips (COP).


MGM Resorts (MGM) and New York Times (NYT) are likely to post small per-share net losses for their third quarters.



Warren Buffett downplays the importance of quarterly results, but the two surveyed analysts that do have EPS estimates for Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A) expect them to come in at $1.53 on average, which would be up from $1.37 in the same period of last year. Investors likely will be more interested in any changes to the portfolio when the company reports Friday morning.


Also Friday morning, Chevron (CVX) is expected to report that EPS grew almost six percent to $2.73 while revenue totaled $58.41 billion, or marginally higher than a year ago. But note that consensus EPS estimate has dropped by 34 cents in the past 60 days, and Chevron fell short of EPS estimates in the second quarter.


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