9 Attractive Earnings in the Week Ahead

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) - Dollar General ( DG), Ciena ( CIEN) and G-III Apparel Group ( GIII) are among the nine stocks on our short list of those reporting quarterly earnings next week.

These stocks, from the consumer goods and services and health care industries have upside potential ranging from 5% to 76% with an average 74% of analysts covering the stocks issuing buy ratings.
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We present the stocks in order of their earnings release date.

9. Dollar General ( DG), a discount retailer. DG will announce third-quarter fiscal 2012 results on Dec. 5.

Net income for the quarter is estimated at $164.07 million, or 47 cents per share, compared to $133.12 million, or 39 cents per share, in the same quarter prior year, as per analysts polled by Bloomberg. Sales are seen at $3.57 billion, an increase of 11% from $3.22 billion recorded in the earlier year period.

Operating profit for the quarter is seen increasing by 14% to $311.77 million from $274.33 million in the same quarter last year. Meanwhile, cash flow per share is anticipated to double to 72 cents from 36 cents recorded earlier.

Of the 20 analysts covering the stock, 60% recommend a buy. There are no sell ratings on the stock. Analysts polled by Bloomberg expect the stock to gain an average 5.8% to $42.42 from current levels over the next 12 months.

8. The Men's Wearhouse ( MW) is a specialty retailer of men's suits and a provider of tuxedo rental products in the U.S. and Canada under the store names Men's Wearhouse, K&G and, in Canada, Moores Clothing for Men. MW will announce third-quarter fiscal 2012 results on Dec. 6.

Net income for the quarter is estimated at $33.9 million, or 65 cents per share, compared to $30.26 million, or 47 cents per share, in the corresponding quarter last year, as per analysts polled by Bloomberg. Sales are seen at $571.25 million, an increase of 4% from $550.1 million recorded in the prior-year quarter.

Gross margin for the quarter is seen expanding to 44.83% from 42.72% earlier. Operating profit is expected to increase by 48% to $50.83 million from $34.41 million recorded in the previous year's quarter.

Of the eight analysts covering the stock, six recommend a buy and the rest rate a hold. There are no sell ratings on the stock. Analysts polled by Bloomberg expect the stock to gain an average 32.5% to $36.50 from current levels over the next 12 months.

7. Vera Bradley ( VRA) is a manufacturer of women's accessories, including handbags. Vera will announce third-quarter fiscal 2012 results on Dec. 6.

Net income for the quarter is estimated at $11.33 million, or 28 cents per share, compared to $8.96 million, or 17 cents per share, in the corresponding prior quarter, according to analysts polled by Bloomberg. Sales are seen at $109.88 million, up 20% from $91.6 million recorded in the same period a year ago.

Operating profit for the quarter is seen at $19.35 million, vs. an operating loss of $190,000 in same quarter last year. For the period, EBITDA is seen increasing to $21.5 million from $6 million earlier.

Of the nine analysts covering the stock, eight recommend a buy. There are no sell ratings on the stock. Analysts polled by Bloomberg expect the stock to gain an average 27.1% to $47.22 from current levels over the next 12 months.

6. G-III Apparel Group ( GIII) makes women's clothing. GIII will announce third-quarter fiscal 2012 results on Dec. 7.

Net income for the quarter is estimated at $44.40 million, or $2.17 cents per share, compared to $42.72 million, or $2.16 cents per share, in the same quarter prior year, as per analysts polled by Bloomberg. Sales are seen at $497.6 million, an increase of 11% from $450 million recorded in the third quarter of fiscal 2011.

EBITDA for the quarter is seen at $76.58 million, rising 4% from the earlier year quarter. Meanwhile, operating profit for the period is seen growing 3% to $74.64 million. The company's book value per share is pegged at $16.09, compared to $14.80 earlier.

Of the seven analysts covering the stock, 86% recommend a buy on it while the rest rate a hold. There are no sell ratings on the stock. Analysts polled by Bloomberg expect the stock to gain an average 75.6% to $30.50 from current levels over the next 12 months.

5. Analogic ( ALOG), makes imaging and security systems for original equipment manufacturers and end users in the health care and airport security. ALOG will announce first-quarter fiscal 2012 results on Dec. 8.

Earnings per share for the quarter is estimated to come in at 54 cents. vs. 46 cents in same quarter last year, according to analysts polled by Bloomberg. Sales are seen increasing 9% to $113.5 million from prior-year period.

Operating profit is seen increasing 25% to $7.18 million, while EBITDA is expected up 39% at $14.03 million. The company's book value per share is seen expanding to $34.22 from $32.53 earlier.

Of the six analysts covering the stock, four recommend a buy. There are no sell ratings on the stock. Analysts polled by Bloomberg expect the stock to gain almost 5.4% to $59.25 from current levels over the next 12 months.

4. Ciena ( CIEN) is a provider of communications networking equipment, software and services. Ciena will announce fourth-quarter fiscal 2011 results on Dec. 8.

For the quarter, net income is seen at $8.3 million, or 6 cents per share, compared to a net loss of $16.98 million, or 18 cents per share in the year-ago quarter. Sales are likely to increase by 8% to $450.39 million from $417.61 million in the same quarter prior year.

Operating profit for the quarter is seen swinging to $15.46 million from an operating loss of $72.36 million in the same quarter prior year. Gross margin is likely to expand 42.78% from 40.32% in the year-ago period. Cash flow per share is seen at a positive 2 cents from negative 28 cents earlier.

Of the 24 analysts covering the stock, 58% recommend a buy and 33% suggest a hold. Analysts polled by Bloomberg expect the stock to gain almost 57.4% to $18.97 from current levels over the next 12 months.

3. John Wiley & Sons ( JW.A) is a publisher specializing in scientific, technical and medical books and journals. It also provides textbooks and education materials. John Wiley will announce second-quarter fiscal 2012 results on Dec. 8.

Earnings per share for the quarter is estimated at $1.00, vs. 88 cents in the same quarter last year, according to analysts polled by Bloomberg. Sales are seen increasing 5% to $465 million from the prior year quarter.

Operating profit is seen increasing 12% to $87.23 million, while EBITDA is seen rising 18% to $115 million. Gross margin is seen expanding to 69.20% from 68.42% earlier.

All the four analysts covering the stock recommend a buy on it. There are no sell ratings on the stock. Analysts polled by Bloomberg expect the stock to gain almost 14.6% to $54.00 from current levels over the next 12 months.

2. The Cooper Companies ( COO) makes medical products. The company has manufacturing facilities in the U.K, Puerto Rico and New York. Cooper will announce fourth-quarter fiscal 2011 results on Dec. 8.

For the quarter, the company expects net income of $58.99 million on sales up 14% to $357.78 million, as compared to net income of $50.86 million on $313.35 million sales for the same period in 2010, according to analysts polled by Bloomberg. Earnings per share are forecast at $1.21 for the quarter, up 11% from $1.09 in 2010 fourth quarter.

For the quarter, gross margin is seen expanding to 61.66% from 59.83% in year-earlier quarter, while operating profit is seen increasing 10% to $69.04 million. EBITDA is at $91.60 million, from $85.72 million earlier.

Of the 11 analysts covering the stock, 55% recommend a buy and the rest suggest a hold. There are no sell ratings on the stock. On average, analysts polled by Bloomberg expect the stock to gain almost 21.7% to $74.71 from current levels over the next 12 months.

1. Titan Machinery ( TITN) owns and operates full-service agricultural and construction equipment stores in North America. Besides, it also sells and leases the equipment, sells parts and services the equipment in the areas neighboring its stores. Titan will announce third-quarter fiscal 2012 results on Dec. 9.

For the quarter, the company expects net income of $10.61 million on sales of $385.80 million, vs. net income of $7.71 million recorded on $311.31 million sales in the same period last year, according to per analysts polled by Bloomberg. Earnings per share are forecast at 50 cents for the quarter, up 19% from 42 cents in the prior-year quarter.

For the quarter, gross margin is seen expanding to 16.28% from 15.41% in same quarter last year; operating profit is seen increasing by 26% to $19.05 million. EBITDA for the same period is expected at $20.27 million, from $17.37 million earlier.

Of the five analysts covering the stock, 80% recommend a buy and the rest suggest a hold. There are no sell ratings on the stock. On average, analysts polled by Bloomberg expect the stock to gain almost 51.3% to $32.90 from current levels over the next 12 months.