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10 Stocks to Watch for Earnings

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) - These 10 companies from varied industries like basic materials, technology, telecom and consumer goods and services sector are due to release their quarterly earnings next week. Analysts estimate these stocks have upside in the range of 7% to 63% with 66% of analysts issuing buy ratings, on average. Some stocks also have attractive dividend yields.

The stocks are listed based on their earnings release date.

10. Check Point Software Technologies (CHKP - Get Report) develops technologies to secure communications and transactions over the Internet. It is involved in developing, marketing and supporting a range of software, as well as combined hardware and software products and services for information technology security. The company is scheduled to report its fourth-quarter fiscal 2011 earnings on Jan. 17.

As per the consensus estimates of analysts polled by Bloomberg, CHKP is likely to report sales of $356 million compared to $318.5 million in the same quarter prior fiscal year. Net income is estimated at $173.4 million, or 81 cents per share, as against $156.7 million, or 73 cents per share, in the 2010 fourth quarter. EBITDA for the quarter is seen rising by 20% to $212.8 million. Gross margin is seen expanding to 88.19% from 87.80%.

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Of the 28 analysts covering the stock, 68% recommend a buy, while the remaining suggest a hold. There are no sell ratings on the stock. Analysts polled by Bloomberg foresee the stock gaining an average 25.5% to $65.69 in the upcoming 12 months.

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