Tuesday Technology Earnings Outlook: AAPL, EMC, INTC and YHOO

Tuesday has several high profile technology companies that will be reporting earnings before the market open, or after the close.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) looks well-poised to set lofty Q4 2011 EPS & revenue figures.

Last year, Apple posted EPS of $4.64 dollars per share and revenue came in at $20.34 billion dollars.  Averaged out, analysts have Apple announcing EPS of $7.28 tomorrow with the lowest figure being $6.10 and the high at $8.22 dollars per share.  Any of the above would do well for shareholders, even the low figure.

Revenue overall is being projected at $29.45 billion dollars by analysts with the low being $26.09 billion and the high at $31.38 billion.  Going with the average alone would nearly be a 1/3rd revenue improvement over Q4 2010 ($20.34 billion).  Again as it were for EPS, any of the above revenue figures would do well for shareholders.

AAPL began trading this morning much like where it left last Friday.  An initial surge helped boost it to a new high of $426.7 dollars per share before falling back into the intraday range.  Overall, AAPL has been on a bullish run since rebounding from the 200 SMA earlier this month on September 4th, 2011.

EMC Corp. (NYSE:EMC) is expected to build upon Q3 2010 figures with better Q3 2011 results.

EMC is forecast to post EPS around 36 cents as the average (compared to 30 cents EPS for Q3 2010).  The low-ball estimate is 33 cents with the highest one coming in at 39 cents which investors would naturally approve of more.  Revenue is expected to be better across the board according to analysts as well, around $4.91 billion dollars are expected with no less than $4.55 billion and the high breaking the 5 billion dollar barrier at $5.06 billion.  EMC posted revenue of $4.21 billion during Q3 2010.

EMC is trading with positive bias these past couple months despite being down during intraday trading.  It would be reassuring to technical traders to see EMC break above $23.55 which is the standing high that EMC needs to surpass to set a new higher high.

Intel Corp. (NASDAQ:INTC) looks likely to post positive EPS, revenue.

Intel’s primary competitor, AMD, recently released their latest flagship processor (Bulldozer) that in some cases cannot even out-perform their former flagship product (Phenom II).  Be it a problem with the hardware, or lack of software optimization, Intel likely continues onward not feeling threatened by AMD which sometimes tends to bite at their ankles.  AMD does have solid product offerings in the low-to-midrange PC desktop arena, but the high-end market is completely locked by Intel, for now.

Intel announced EPS of 52 cents last year and revenue came in at $11.10 billion dollars.  The low EPS estimate from analysts is 57 cents with the high being 65 cents, average is 61 cents.  Revenue estimates are a low of $13.50 billion with the high being $14.10 billion, average is $13.90 billion which portrays analysts being more upbeat than otherwise.  Across the board, analysts do not believe Intel will post any EPS or revenue figure below what was seen during Q3 2010.

Yahoo!, Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) would do well to beat any analyst estimate.

Analysts are not being favorable at all in regard to Yahoo! this quarter.  Last year, Yahoo! posted EPS of 29 cents and revenue came in at $1.12 billion dollars.  The high EPS estimate being given to Yahoo! this quarter is 20 cents and the highest revenue estimate is $1.08 billion dollars, both of which fall under what Yahoo! managed to post during Q3 2010.  Average EPS estimate comes in at 17 cents while the average revenue expectation is $1.07 billion.  For the curiosity-stricken, low figures are EPS of 15 cents and revenue at $1.03 billion.

YHOO is currently trending within a multiple inside-bar formation (Thursday’s range still enveloping each trading day thereafter) but it is notable that YHOO has not regressed much during an overall pessimistic day of trading as negative market sentiment in general has been widespread today.

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