NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Gannett ( GCI) shares gained more than 1% on Friday ahead of its fourth-quarter report, which is scheduled to be released on Monday, Jan. 31 before the market opens.

Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters estimate the company's earnings will come in at 80 cents a share for the December period.

According to data compiled by Bloomberg, six research analysts have a buy rating on the stock, while 3 rate it at neutral. There are currently no "sell" ratings on the stock.

While management traditionally does not offer quarterly forecasts, Gannett did provide an outlook at a conference presentation in December.

President and COO Gracia Martore said the company estimates its fourth-quarter earnings will come in at the high end of a range of 72-to-82 cents a share. In its fiscal third quarter ending in September, Gannett's earnings rose 37.5% to $101.4 million, or 42 cents per share, driven by a 22.3% gain in its broadcasting segment revenues.

Gannett counts on strong local market content to boost its revenue, Chairman and CEO Craig Dubow said at the conference.

"We are focusing on deepening our valuable local content," Dubow said. "The keys to success in these local markets is fully engaging consumers and connecting them to our advertising customers."

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