Umpqua Holdings (Nasdaq: UMPQ) will try to beat its earnings estimates for the third consecutive quarter. The company will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, Jan. 25. Umpqua Holdings is a financial holding company, which is engaged in the business of commercial and retail banking and the delivery of retail brokerage services.

What analysts say:

  • Buy, sell, or hold?: Analysts think investors should stand pat on Umpqua Holdings with seven of 11 analysts rating it hold. Analysts like Umpqua Holdings better than competitor Columbia Banking System overall. Three out of nine analysts rate Columbia Banking System a buy compared to four of 11 for Umpqua Holdings. While analysts still rate the stock a hold, they are a little more optimistic about it compared to three months ago.
  • Revenue Forecasts: On average, analysts predict $127.8 million in revenue this quarter. That would represent a rise of 4.5% from the year-ago quarter.
  • Wall Street Earnings Expectations: The average analyst estimate is earnings of $0.18 per share. Estimates range from $0.15 to $0.20.

What our community says:
CAPS All-Stars are solidly backing the stock with 95.3% assigning it an "outperform" rating. The community at large agrees with the All-Stars with 92.4% awarding it a rating of "outperform." Fools are gung-ho about Umpqua Holdings and haven't been shy with their opinions lately, logging 179 posts in the past 30 days. Even with a robust four out of five stars, Umpqua Holdings' CAPS rating falls a little short of the community's upbeat outlook.

Revenue has now gone up for three straight quarters.

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