Health Care Sector Still See Positive Earnings

  • Health care sector is a clear winner.
  • Low budget restaurants, food processing, cheap house products companies saw in-line earnings.
  • Communications, hotel, digita media industry saw negative earnings.


POSITIVE EARNINGS

APCapital Sees Earnings Above Estimates
American Physicians Capital (ACAP) said it expects 2009 earnings of at least $4.25 per share. The current consensus earnings estimate is $4.23 per share for the year ending December 31, 2009.

Emergency Medical Services Guides Above Estimates
Emergency Medical Services (EMS) said it expects 2009 earnings of $2.05 to $2.15 per share. The current consensus earnings estimate is $1.97 per share for the year ending December 31, 2009.

Ultralife Guides Revenue Above Estimates
Ultralife Inc. (ULBI) said it expects 2009 revenue to be at least $250.0 million. The current consensus estimate is revenue of $247.0 million for the year ending December 31, 2009.

Alexion Pharmaceuticals Guides AboveEstimates
Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc. (ALXN) said it expects 2009 earnings of $1.00 to $1.05 per share. The current consensus earnings estimate is $0.83 per share for the year ending December 31, 2009.

INLINE EARNINGS

Panera Bread Reaffirms
Panera Bread Company (PNRA) said it continues to expect 2009 earnings of $2.55 to $2.71 per share. The current consensus earnings estimate is $2.61 per share for the year ending December 31, 2009.

Stamps.com Guides Inline
Stamps.com Inc. (STMP) said it expects 2009 non-GAAP earnings of $0.40 to $0.60 per share on revenue of $80.0 million to $90.0 million. The current consensus earnings estimate is $0.55 per share on revenue of $84.6 million for the year ending December 31, 2009.

Cephalon Provides First Quarter Guidance
Cephalon Inc. (CEPH) said it expects first quarter earnings of $1.30 to $1.40 per share on revenue of $510.0 million to $530.0 million. The current consensus earnings estimate is $1.34 per share on revenue of $532.0 million for the quarter ending March 31, 2009. The company also said it continues to expect 2009 earnings of $6.50 to $6.60 per share on revenue of $2.175 billion to $2.225 billion. The current consensus earnings estimate is $5.72 per share on revenue of $2.24 billion for the year ending December 31, 2009. Earnings per share guidance is not comparable to consensus estimates.

California Pizza Kitchen Guides Inline
California Pizza Kitchen Inc. (CPKI) said it expects first quarter earnings of $0.03 to $0.05 per share. The current consensus earnings estimate is $0.05 per share for the quarter ending March 31, 2009.

McAfee Guides Revenue Above Estimates
McAfee Inc. (MFE) said it expects first quarter earnings of $0.46 to $0.50 per share, including dilution of $0.05 to $0.07 per share from Secure Computing, on revenue of $440.0 million to $460.0 million. The current consensus earnings estimate is $0.50 per share on revenue of $421.5 million for the quarter ending March 31, 2009.

Peets Coffee & Tea Reaffirms
Peets Coffee & Tea Inc. (PEET) said it continues to expect 2009 earnings of $0.94 to $1.00 per share. The current consensus earnings estimate is $0.96 per share for the year ending December 31, 2009.

Ecolab Reaffirms
Ecolab Inc. (ECL) said it continues to expect 2009 earnings of $1.95 to $2.05 per share. The current consensus earnings estimate is $1.98 per share for the year ending December 31, 2009.

Progress Energy Guides Inline
Progress Energy Inc. (PGN) said it expects 2009 earnings of $2.95 to $3.15 per share. The current consensus earnings estimate is $3.02 per share for the year ending December 31, 2009.

Laboratory Corp. Guides Inline
Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings (LH) said it expects 2009 earnings of $4.75 to $4.95 per share on revenue of $4.60 billion to $4.69 billion. The current consensus earnings estimate is $4.84 per share on revenue of $4.64 billion for the year ending December 31, 2009.

Northwest Natural Gas Guides Inline
Northwest Natural Gas Company (NWN) said it expects 2009 earnings of $2.55 to $2.70 per share. The current consensus earnings estimate is $2.70 per share for the year ending December 31, 2009.

NEGATIVE EARNINGS

Amkor Technology Guides below Estimates
Amkor Technology Inc. (AMKR) said it expects a first quarter loss of $0.49 to $0.34 per share on revenue of $340.2 million to $384.1 million. The current consensus estimate is a loss of $0.27 per share on revenue of $425.5 million for the quarter ending March 31, 2009.

NETGEAR Guides Below Estimates
NETGEAR Inc. (NTGR) said it expects first quarter earnings revenue of $135.0 million to $145.0 million. The current consensus estimate is revenue of $155.2 million for the quarter ending March 31, 2009.

RealNetworks Guides Below Estimates
RealNetworks Inc. (RNWK) said it expects first quarter revenue to be below $147.6 million. The current consensus estimate is revenue of $151.0 million for the quarter ending March 31, 2009.

Life Technologies Guides Below Estimates
Life Technologies (LIFE) said it expects 2009 earnings of $2.40 to $2.55 per share. The current consensus earnings estimate is $2.60 per share for the year ending December 31, 2009.

Marriott Guides Below Estimates
Marriott International Inc. (MAR) said it expects first quarter earnings of $0.13 to $0.15 per share and 2009 earnings of $0.86 to $1.04 per share. The current consensus earnings estimate is $0.21 per share for the quarter ending March 31, 2009 and $1.13 per share for the year ending December 31, 2009.

New Oriental Education and Technology Lowers Revenue Guidance
New Oriental Education and Technology Group Inc. (EDU) said it now expects third quarter revenue of $62.0 million to $65.0 million. The company’s previous guidance was revenue of $65.5 million to $67.5 million and the current consensus estimate is revenue of $67.7 million for the quarter ending February 28, 2009.