While the consensus forecasts call for year-over-year earnings growth from the likes of Cisco Systems (NASDAQ: CSCO), J.M. Smucker (NYSE: SJM) and Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB) — as well as lower per-share earnings from Dell (NASDAQ: DELL) — when they share their most recent quarterly results this week, the focus will again be on reports from big retailers. Here is a peak at what analysts expect to see from the following retailers for the period leading up to the holiday shopping season:
Walmart (NYSE: WMT). The consensus forecast calls the world’s largest retailer to post fiscal third-quarter earnings of $ 1.07 per share, which would be up from $ 0.97 EPS in the year-ago period. That consensus estimate is unchanged in the past 60 days. And analysts see revenue rising more than four percent year-over-year to $ 115.04 billion. Look for Walmart’s report Thursday before the opening bell.
Home Depot (NYSE: HD). Analysts on average anticipate largest home improvement retailer in the United States will say Tuesday morning that it saw a profit of $ 0.70 per share in the third quarter, compared with $ 0.60 per share a year ago. Revenue is predicted to have increased more than three percent to $ 17.92 billion. Note that Home Depot has not fallen short of consensus EPS estimates in more than ten quarters.
Target (NYSE: TGT). This Minneapolis-based big-box retailer is expected to report $ 0.77 per share earnings and sales of $ 16.93 billion for the third quarter. That compares with $ 0.82 per share and $ 16.40 billion in revenue in the same period of last year. Note that analysts have underestimated Target’s per-share earnings in the past six quarters. The company is scheduled to share its results Thursday morning.
The Gap (NYSE: GPS). Analysts on average expect the largest specialty apparel retailer in the United States to report Thursday afternoon that its per-share earnings jumped by almost 40 percent to $ 0.63. That consensus EPS estimate has climbed from the $ 0.54 it was 60 days ago. The San Francisco-based company’s revenue is expected to total $ 3.82 billion, which would be up more than six percent from the third quarter of last year.
The Children’s Place (NASDAQ: PLCE). Third-quarter earnings from this Secaucus, N.J.-based specialty retailer are expected to come to $ 1.60 per share, or more than 16 percent higher year-over year. That EPS estimate is up from $ 1.58 in the past 60 days. Analysts are also looking for revenue to be less than four percent higher to $ 500.87 million. The company is on tap to report Wednesday before the opening bell.
TJX Companies (NYSE: TJX). The consensus forecast for the fiscal third quarter calls for EPS growth of about 13 percent year-over-year to $ 0.61 and sales up about 10 percent to $ 6.37 billion. Note that the consensus EPS estimate is unchanged in the past 60 days, and in the past eight quarters the EPS results have been within a penny or two per share of analysts’ expectations. The largest off-price department store chain in the U.S. reports Tuesday Morning.
Dollar Tree (NASDAQ: DLTR). This Chesapeake, Va.-based discount variety store operator is expected to post $ 0.49 per share earnings and sales of $ 1.73 billion for the third quarter. That would be up from $ 0.44 per share and $ 1.60 billion in revenue in the same period of last year. But note that the consensus estimate has slipped in the past 60 days from $ 0.51 per share. Dollar Tree is scheduled to share its results Thursday morning.
Sears Holdings (NASDAQ: SHLD). The operator of the Sears and Kmart chains is expect to post a net loss of $ 2.17 per share for the third quarter on Thursday, as well as revenue of $ 8.59 billion. That would compare with a net loss of $ 2.57 and sales of $ 95.6 billion in the year-ago period. For what it is worth, 60 days ago the analysts on average estimated the net loss to be $ 2.23 per share.
Other retailers expected to report year-over-year EPS growth this week include Abercrombie & Fitch (NYSE: ANF), The Buckle (NYSE: BKE), PetSmart (NASDAQ: PETM), Hibbett Sports (NASDAQ: HIBB), Ross Stores (NASDAQ: ROST) and Williams-Sonoma (NYSE: WSM). Analysts anticipate earnings declines from GameStop (NYSE: GME), Limited Brands (NYSE: LTD) and Staples (NASDAQ: SPLS), as well as a net loss from Bon-Ton Stores (NASDAQ: BONT).
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