NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Mechel ( MTL) and Silver Wheaton ( SLW) are among four stocks reporting quarterly, or annual earnings, next week. Given the metal and mining industry's strong run-up in the fourth quarter, these stocks are likely to report robust earnings, analysts polled by Bloomberg say.

The following four metal & mining stocks have an upside of 13%-51%, with a mean upside value of around 29%, and are likely to outperform their peers, based on analysts' estimates of 12-month target prices. Relative to peers, most of these stocks have superior buy and hold ratings.

During the past six months, Silver Wheaton ( SLW), Mechel ( MTL), New Gold ( NGD) and Silver Standard Resources ( SSRI) gained 79.7%, 34.3%, 56% and 49.6%, respectively.

These four stocks are stacked based on their earnings release date, starting with the earliest.

4. Silver Standard Resources ( SSRI) is a silver resource company engaged in assembling a portfolio of silver-dominant projects in seven countries across the Americas and Australia. The company will announce its 2010 fourth quarter results on March 2.

Data from Bloomberg has analysts forecasting net income for 2010 fourth quarter at $6.57 million on sales of $55.77 million, compared to a net loss of $9.13 million on breakeven sales during 2009. Earnings per share are pegged at 81 cents during 2011, topping the forecasted loss of 32 cents in 2010. Meanwhile, return on assets is seen at a positive 29.84%, compared to a negative 2.17% in 2009.

Of the 9 analysts covering the stock, 67% rate a buy, while the remaining suggest a hold. There are no sell ratings and the stock is expected to gain almost 51.2% to $39 from current levels over the next 12 months, as per analysts polled by Bloomberg.

3. Mechel ( MTL) is an integrated mining, steel, ferroalloys and power company mining coking and steam coal, iron ore and iron ore concentrate. The company is scheduled to report its annual earnings on March 3.

For full-year 2010, net income is estimated at $719.1 million on sales of $9.54 billion, higher than $73.7 million recorded on $5.75 billion sales during the prior year, as per analysts polled by Bloomberg. Earnings per share for 2010 are forecast to boost by 813% to $1.62 and further by 118% to $3.52 in 2011. Meanwhile, return on assets is seen at 4.30%, compared to 0.59% in 2009.

Of the 25 analysts covering the stock, 76% recommend a buy, while 20% rate a hold. Analysts polled by Bloomberg expect the stock to gain an average 28% to $36.7 from current levels over the next 12 months. For full-year 2010, the company's dividend per share is seen at 61 cents.

2. Silver Wheaton ( SLW) is a pure play silver mining company, operating through its wholly owned subsidiaries Silver Wheaton (Caymans) and Silverstone Resources (Barbados). The company will report its fourth quarter 2010 results on March 3.

Net income for 2010 fourth quarter is seen at $97.3 million on sales of $145.5 million, opposed to $50.8 million on sales of $90.55 million recorded during the same period a year-ago, analysts polled by Bloomberg forecast. For full-year 2010, Silver Wheaton is likely to report earnings of 77 cents per share, compared to 38 cents in 2009. For 2011, earnings per share are seen at $1.64 cents, surging 114% from 2010. Meanwhile, return on assets is seen at 10.39%, compared to 6.72% in 2009.

Of the 15 analysts covering the stock, 80% recommend a buy, while the remaining rate it a hold. There are no sell ratings on the stock. On average, analysts polled by Bloomberg expect the stock to gain 12.8% to $43.6 from current levels over the next 12 months.

1. New Gold ( NGD) is an intermediate gold producer owing a portfolio of global assets spread across the U.S., Mexico, Australia, Canada, Chile and Brazil. The company is scheduled to report its 2010 fourth quarter results on March 4.

Analysts polled by Bloomberg expect the company to report net income of $49.95 million on sales of $198.5 million for 2010 fourth quarter, as opposed to a net loss of $0.69 million on sales of $131.8 million during the year-ago period. For 2010, New Gold is likely to report earnings of 27 cents per share, up from 5 cents in 2009. For 2011, earnings per share are seen at 44 cents, surging 59% from 2010. Meanwhile, return on assets is seen swinging to a positive 6%, compared to a negative 8.74% in 2009.

Of the 14 analysts covering the stock, 71% recommend a buy, while the remaining rate a hold. There are no sell ratings on the stock. Analysts polled by Bloomberg expect the stock to rise an average 25% to $11.7 from current levels over the next 12 months.

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