Shares of video-game powerhouse THQ
Citing motocross game MX Unleashed, the company predicted fourth-quarter revenues of around $110 million and earnings of $0.12 per share. For the full year, the firm looks for $628 million in sales and $0.89 per share in earnings -- which includes a $0.06 one-time credit.
Back in October, fellow Fool Rick Aristotle Munarriz pointed out that a short-term drop in quarterly earnings belied a very strong-looking year. And back then, the pie-in-the-sky goals were $570 million in revenues and $0.85 per share. What a difference a few months make. The current net profit predictions are much hotter than last year's $0.32 per share.
Does any of this sound familiar? Yup, you heard the same kind of thing yesterday from Motley Fool Stock Advisor pick Activision
Of course, this is the time when Fools should take time to step back and re-evaluate. Along with industry gorilla Electronic Arts
Given today's blowout of consensus estimates, there's little reason to put too much faith in analysts' numbers for next year. But today's price buys tomorrow's execution. THQ investors should make sure they're confident of future prospects before spending too much to celebrate this year's success.
David Gardner's recommendations for Motley Fool Stock Advisor subscribers have generated a total average return of 58.97% since the newsletter's inaugural April 2002 issue. Over the same time period, the S&P 500 has managed a 14.20% total average return.