Week in Preview: End-of-Quarter Earnings, Unemployment The calendar quarter winds down this week and quarterly reports due out include Apollo Group (APOL), Carmax (KMX), Global Payments (GPN), Krispy Kreme (KKD), Lennar (LEN) and McCormick (MKC). But analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters have high hopes for results from fertilizer and animal feed maker Mosaic (MOS), apparel maker Phillips Van Heusen (PVH) and discount retailer Family Dollar (FDO). So here's a look at what analysts anticipate from these three companies.

Mosaic

During its fiscal second quarter, Cargill agreed to distribute its stake in Mosaic, and Mosaic also said it would redeem senior notes. Analysts anticipate that the Minnesota-based potash producer will report per-share earnings of $1.07, a jump of 53.3% from the same quarter of last year. Mosaic also is expected to post revenue of $2.4 billion for the three months that ended in February, which is a 35.9% rise from a year earlier.

Looking ahead to the third quarter, analysts expect sequential and year-over-year growth, both in earnings per share (EPS) and in revenue. Note though that Mosaic earnings have beat consensus expectations in just two of the past four quarters.

Mosaic has a long-term EPS growth forecast of 14.3%, as well as a forward price-to-earnings ratio of 16.1, though that is lower than the industry average. Its PEG ratio is 1.1, the dividend yield is a mere 0.2%, but the return on equity (ROE) is a healthy 54.3%. Citigroup (C) just downgraded MOS, but InvestorPlace expects strong results. The share price hit a 52-week high of $89.24 in February but has since pulled back and ended last week at $78.82.

Phillips Van Heusen

Phillips Van Heusen announced a sponsorship deal with the NFL and also reaffirmed its guidance during the three months that ended in January. Analysts expect the New York-based maker of Calvin Klein and Izod shirts to report that its revenue surged 122.3% to $1.4 billion. And they predict that fiscal forth-quarter earnings came to 82 cents per share, compared to 61 cents per share a year ago.

Analysts also forecast full-year earnings of $3.94 per share (up 28.2%) on revenue of $4.6 billion (up 91%). And its earnings have topped consensus estimates in recent quarters by as much as 19 cents per share.

The long-term EPS growth forecast is 13.7%, which is higher than that of competitors Oxford Industries (OXM) and Polo Ralph Lauren (RL). Phillips Van Heusen's forward P/E of 13.3 is less than the trailing P/E, indicating expectations of stronger growth. And it has a PEG ratio of 0.9. The dividend yield is 0.3% and the ROE is 15.6%.

The First Call consensus recommendation has been to buy PVH for more than 90 days, and the mean price target for the stock currently is $73.50. Goldman Sachs (GS) has a conviction buy rating on PVH and expects an earnings beat. Shares have traded between $55 and $65 since the beginning of the year, but the stock price ended the last week above both the 50-day and 200-day moving averages.

Family Dollar

Analysts anticipate that the operator of the nation's No. 2 dollar-store chain will post fiscal second-quarter earnings of 97 cents per share, up 16.5% year over year. Revenue is expected to have risen 8.4% to $2.3 billion during the three months that ended in February. North Carolina-based Family Dollar boosted its dividend and received a buyout offer during that period.

Looking ahead to the third quarter, the forecast thus far calls for similar year-over-year growth for both EPS and revenue. Family Dollar has topped consensus EPS estimates in four of the past five quarters, but missed by two cents per share in the first quarter.

Family Dollar has a long-term EPS growth forecast of 14.5%, which tops that of competitor Dollar Tree (DLTR). Family Dollar's 16.1 forward P/E is lower than both its trailing P/E and the sector average. The PEG ratio is 1.1, and there's also a dividend yield of 1.2% and a ROE of 21.4%. Short interest has been falling since last summer and is now about 3% of the float. But some options traders seem to expect weakness. The share price recently hit a 52-week high of $55.62 and is up 40% from a year ago.

End-of-Quarter Economic Data

As usual, monthly employment data will the focus as the calendar page turns. Here's what else is on tap this week:


While consumer confidence is expected to fall, reflecting concern about events in Japan and the Middle East, little change is expected in the unemployment rate, even as some jobs were added.


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Tony Marganian

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March 29 2011 at 12:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
fpfp040408

Last night President Obama addressed this nation. Obama will unite us and inspire us & provide concrete plans coupled with effective intelligent solutions as he has done so often in the past. Let us not forget the market is up over 4000 points since Bush left and Obama took office & the oncoming depression was avoided and Obama saved this nation

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inasctg56

In February 2004, the Bush White House, working through the OCC officially preempted national banks from state laws regulating mortgage credit, including state anti-predatory lending laws. State attorney generals and others involved in consumer protection began to notice a marked increase in a range of predatory lending practices by mortgage lenders. Even though predatory lending was becoming a national problem, the Bush administration looked the other way and did nothing to protect American homeowners. In fact, the government chose instead to align itself with the banks that were victimizing consumers. Of the many errors of judgment, and questionable ideological decisions of the Bush administration, this probably has the most significant and damaging effects that led to our housing and economic crisis.

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bggdg

HuffPo zombie alert! LOL

March 29 2011 at 8:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
fpfp040408

Tonight President Obama will address this nation. Obama will unite us and inspire us & provide concrete plans coupled with effective intelligent solutions as he has done so often in the past. Let us not forget the market is up over 4000 points since Bush left and Obama took office & the oncoming depression was avoided and Obama ended Bush's war which cost us TRILLIONS & is the main reason for today's debt crisis. GOD BLESS OBAMA !

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March 28 2011 at 6:35 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
inasctg56

The dems eliminated the tax dollars given to corporations to go overseas, the dems eliminated the 5.25% tax for overseas profits, they passed new banking legislation that addresses the problems from the 2002 gop banking legislation, they have worked with our manufacturing sector and they now have seen 19 months of gains, they are negotiating better trade agreements on behalf of american workers and we've seen over 19 months of export gains, and the unemployment has gone from 10 to 8.9 with economists forecasting over 2 million job growth for this year. I think the Obama administration is doing something right. THe gop? They just continue their trickle down, cutting jobs and wages, and handing it over to corporate tax cuts.

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bggdg

It's all making sense now (well, at least a little sense). It seemed impossible to imagine TWO idiots as stupid as inasctg and fpfp. Then it became obvious. There aren't! They're the SAME idiot! Of course, that doesn't explain how ONE idiot could be THIS stupid. But at least it's not quite as absurd as TWO.

March 28 2011 at 4:35 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
inasctg56

bggdg: You don't have to know the name of the bill, there have been many articles written on the results of this legislation that bankers were allowed to write under the gop.

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bggdg

LOL. So many articles written you can't even name the bill? Maybe you could ask my dog for a hand? Seriously, how did you possibly get THIS stupid?

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fpfp040408

GOD BLESS PRESIDENT OBAMA = courage, wisdom, decisiveness ! Obama's handling of the Egyptian crisis and now the Libyan crisis plus Japan proves what a brilliant & great leader he is , respected and admired the world over

March 28 2011 at 11:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
fpfp040408

FACT ===>>> our economy collapsed the fall of 2008 after the gop passed their 2002 banking legislation that allowed predatory lending and less oversite, and the 2004 gop legislation that taxed overseas profits at 5.25%, and it was Bush who refused to meet with our manufacturing sector, refused to enforce existing trade laws, refused to listen to his own economic advisors, and spent nine weeks per year on vacation. We now have a president negotiating trade deals on behalf of american workers - not for corporations to make record profits overseas. And trickele down - doesn't work. What does work is giving business 100% write offs for improvements made in THIS country. GOD BLESS OBAMA = he saved this NATION !

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March 28 2011 at 11:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
fpfp040408

Boehner PROMISED he'd 'focus like a laser'. I think the only thing he's focused on is the bottom of a glass. Republicans, you're 'has been's' already. There will be a thinning of the ranks in 2012.....GUARANTEED.

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