Investors never know what to expect for Jones Lang LaSalle (NYSE: JLL), as it has wavered between topping and missing analysts estimates during the past fiscal year. The company will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, July 26. Jones Lang LaSalle provides integrated real estate and investment management expertise on a local, regional, and global level to owner, occupier, and investor clients.

What analysts say:

  • Buy, sell, or hold?: Analysts generally think investors should hang on to Jones Lang LaSalle, with half rating the stock a hold. Analysts like Jones Lang LaSalle better than competitor EMCOR Group overall. Three out of seven analysts rate EMCOR Group a buy, compared with four of eight for Jones Lang LaSalle. Analysts haven't adjusted their rating of Jones Lang LaSalle for the past three months.
  • Revenue forecasts: On average, analysts predict $794.9 million in revenue this quarter. That would represent a rise of 16.8% from the year-ago quarter.
  • Wall Street earnings expectations: The average analyst estimate is earnings of $1.10 per share. Estimates range from $0.95 to $1.20.

What our community says:
CAPS All-Stars are solidly behind the stock, with 98.6% assigning it an "outperform" rating. The community at large backs the All-Stars, with 94.9% granting it a rating of "outperform." Fools are gung-ho about Jones Lang LaSalle and haven't been shy with their opinions lately, logging 220 posts in the past 30 days. Even with a robust four out of five stars, Jones Lang LaSalle's CAPS rating falls a little short of the community's upbeat outlook.

Management:
Jones Lang LaSalle's profit has risen year over year by an average of 85.8%.

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 0.2% 8.9% 5.3% 4.7%
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