BOSTON (TheStreet) -- Yahoo (YHOO) reports third-quarter financial results after the close of trading today, though investors won't be focused on earnings or revenue. Instead, they'll be looking for clues about the potential sale of the company.Over the past few weeks, there have been rumors of a potential tie-up with AOL, a buyout from Microsoft and even a takeover by co-founder Jerry Yang. The news that really propped up the shares was a comment from Alibaba CEO Jack Ma saying he's extremely interested in buying out Yahoo.
While the company is expected to report $1.07 billion in revenue and $0.17 in EPS for the third quarter, guidance from management will be crucial to today's call. Investors need to see further signs that there are actions under way to either unlock value (namely, the sale of Yahoo Japan) or continued strategic developments that indicate that a sale of the company is likely.