optionsXpress Holdings (Nasdaq: OXPS) met its estimates last quarter, but investors hope that it will beat them this quarter. The company will unveil its latest earnings on Monday, July 25. optionsXpress Holdings offers a comprehensive suite of brokerage services for option, futures, stock, mutual fund and fixed-income investors.

What analysts say:

  • Buy, sell, or hold?: Analysts think investors should stand pat on optionsXpress Holdings, with four of six rating it hold. They are a bit more wary about it compared with three months ago.
  • Revenue forecasts: On average, analysts predict $60.6 million in revenue this quarter. That would represent a decline of 7.4% from the year-ago quarter.
  • Wall Street earnings expectations: The average analyst estimate is earnings of $0.22 cents per share. Estimates range from $0.19 to $0.24.

What our community says:
CAPS All-Stars are solidly behind the stock with 98.5% awarding it an "outperform" rating. The community at large concurs with the All-Stars, with 96.2% assigning it a rating of "outperform." Fools have embraced optionsXpress Holdings and haven't been shy with their opinions lately, logging 368 posts in the past 30 days. Even with a robust four out of five stars, optionsXpress Holdings' CAPS rating falls a little short of the community's upbeat outlook.

optionsXpress Holdings' income has fallen year over year by an average of 6.6%.

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 net margins over the past four quarters. 

Quarter Q1 Q4 Q3 Q2
Net Margin 21.6% 20.8% 24.1% 23.8%
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