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5 Reasons Not to Worry This Week

Rick Aristotle Munarriz
December 17, 2012

It's not a perfect world out there for investors, but things may be starting to get better.

I recently went over some of the companies that are expected to post lower quarterly profits when they report this week. Thankfully, they're the exceptions and not the rule.

Let's go over some publicly traded companies that are expected to stand tall this week by posting year-over-year improvement on the bottom line.


Latest-Quarter EPS (Estimated)

Year-Ago Quarter EPS

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Paychex (NASDAQ: PAYX)




Red Hat (NYSE: RHT)




Rite Aid (NYSE: RAD)




General Mills (NYSE: GIS)




Source: Thomson Reuters.

Clearing the table
Let's start at the top with Oracle.

The leading enterprise software company has found a way to keep growing, even if it's not always organically. CEO Larry Ellison has a voracious appetite when it comes to snapping up smaller companies that will help fortify Oracle's market position.

Oracle was one of the tech darlings that would routinely blow through Wall Street profit targets, but that hasn't been a given these days. Oracle has only beaten analyst bottom-line projections in two of the past four quarters, merely meeting the forecast last time out.

However, when it comes to merely posting year-over-year improvement -- and that's what we're looking for here -- you have to go all the way back to the summer of 2009 to find the last time that Oracle didn't find a way to post higher quarterly earnings per share than it did a year earlier.

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