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10 Earnings Stocks for First Week of 2012

8. Mosaic (MOS - Get Report) is a producer and marketer of concentrated phosphate and potash crop nutrients for the global agriculture industry. Mosaic will announce its second-quarter fiscal 2012 results on Jan. 4.

Net income for the quarter is estimated at $585.13 million, or $1.32 per share, compared to $455.6 million, or $1.01 per share, in the same quarter prior fiscal, according to analysts polled by Bloomberg. Sales are seen at $3.25 billion, up 22% from $2.67 billion recorded in the 2011 third quarter.

Operating profit for the period is seen growing 26% to $828.88 million from $658.20 million in 2011 third quarter. Return on equity during the quarter is expected at 6.61%, while return on assets is seen at 4.77% The company saw a multifold increase in cash flow per share to $1.63 from $1.19 cents. Book value per share is expected to increase to $27.90 from $22.96. Currently, the company has a dividend yield of 0.6%.

Of the 21 analysts covering the stock, 57% recommend a buy and 43% rate a hold. Analysts polled by Bloomberg expect the stock to gain an average 34.8% to $67.80 from current levels over the next 12 months.

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