Watch ValueClick's (Nasdaq: VCLK) earnings report to see if it can beat analyst expectations for the fifth consecutive quarter. The company will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, August 2. ValueClick offers a suite of products and services that enable marketers to advertise and sell their products through all online marketing channels- display advertising, lead generation marketing, email marketing, search marketing etc.

What analysts say:

  • Buy, sell, or hold?: Analysts generally think investors should hang on to ValueClick, with half rating the stock a hold. Analysts don't like ValueClick as much as competitor National CineMedia overall. Eight out of 14 analysts rate National CineMedia a buy compared to eight of 16 for ValueClick. Analysts still rate the stock a Hold, but they are a bit more wary about it compared to three months ago.
  • Revenue Forecasts: On average, analysts predict $121.3 million in revenue this quarter. That would represent a rise of 21.8% from the year-ago quarter.
  • Wall Street Earnings Expectations: The average analyst estimate is earnings of 19 cents per share. Estimates range from 19 cents to 20 cents.

What our community says:
CAPS All Stars are solidly backing the stock with 92.1% granting it an "outperform" rating. The community at large agrees with the All Stars with 93.5% giving it a rating of "outperform." Fools are keen on ValueClick and haven't been shy with their opinions lately, logging 231 posts in the past 30 days. ValueClick's bearish CAPS rating of two out of five stars falls short of the Fool community sentiment.

Management:
ValueClick's profit has risen year over year by an average of 10.2%. The company's revenue has now risen for two 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.

Quarter

Q1

Q4

Q3

Q2

Gross Margin

71.8%

72.5%

73.3%

72.5%

Operating Margin

22.8%

25.4%

20.9%

18.6%

Net Margin

14.5%

16.4%

33.9%

12.1%

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