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10 Diversified Stocks to Buy Ahead of Earnings

9. Shuffle Master (SHFL), a gaming supply company, provides products and services to the casino industry. It offers card shuffling systems and other equipment, table games and video game software. Shuffle will announce first-quarter fiscal 2012 results on Dec. 20.

Net income for the quarter is estimated at $9.35 million, or 18 cents per share, compared to $8.03 million, or 14 cents per share, in the same quarter prior fiscal, according to analysts polled by Bloomberg. Sales are seen at $61.13 million, an increase of 4% from $58.60 million recorded in the earlier-year period.

Operating profit for the quarter is seen increasing 34% to $13.45 million from $10.03 million in the same quarter prior fiscal. Meanwhile, gross margin is seen expanding to 60.70% from 59.99% earlier.

Of the seven analysts covering the stock, four recommend a buy and the rest suggest a hold. There are no sell ratings on the stock. Analysts polled by Bloomberg expect the stock to gain an average 20.1% to $13.83 from current levels over the next 12 months.

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