Investors are on the edge of their collective seats, hoping that Crane (NYSE: CR) will top analyst expectations for the fifth consecutive quarter. The company will unveil its latest earnings on Monday. Crane manufactures industrial products. Its five business segments are: aerospace and electronics, engineered materials, merchandising systems, fluid handling, and controls.

What analysts say

  • Buy, sell, or hold?: Analysts strongly back Crane, with four of seven rating it a buy and the remainder rating it a hold. Analysts don't like Crane as much as competitor Actuant overall. While analysts still rate the stock a moderate buy, they are a little more optimistic about it compared to three months ago.
  • Revenue forecasts: On average, analysts predict $623.8 million in revenue this quarter. That would represent a rise of 12.8% from the year-ago quarter.
  • Wall Street earnings expectations: The average analyst estimate is earnings of $0.82 per share. Estimates range from $0.79 to $0.88.

What our community says
CAPS All-Stars are solidly behind the stock with 96.4% granting it an outperform rating. The community at large concurs with the All-Stars with 92.3% assigning it a rating of outperform. Fools are gung-ho about Crane, though the message boards have been quiet lately with only 48 posts in the past 30 days. Even with a robust four out of five stars, Crane's CAPS rating falls a little short of the community's upbeat outlook.

Crane's profit has risen year over year by an average of 22.7%. Revenue has now gone up for three straight quarters.

Now let's look at how efficient management is at running the business. Traditionally, margins represent the efficiency with which companies capture portions of sales dollars. The following table shows gross, operating, and net margins over the past four quarters.






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