3. Greenbrier Companies ( GBX) is a maker of railroad freight car equipment and oceangoing marine barges and a provider of services for transportation industries. GBX will announce its first-quarter fiscal 2012 results on Jan. 6.

Net income for the quarter is estimated at $11.60 million, or 36 cents per share, compared to negative $2.30 million, or 11 cents per share, in the same quarter prior fiscal, according to analysts polled by Bloomberg. Sales are seen at $399.78 million, an increase of 98% from $201.44 million recorded in the first quarter of fiscal 2011.

Operating profit for the period is seen growing 215% to $25.93 million. EBITDA is seen rising 96% to $34.39 million from $17.55 million in the same quarter last year.

Of the 13 analysts covering the stock, 77% recommend a buy and 15% rate a hold. Analysts polled by Bloomberg expect the stock to gain an average 23.7% to $29.80 from current levels over the next 12 months.

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