NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Many companies plan to report earnings Tuesday, but the following six stand out.Sirius XM Radio ( SIRI) is a stock I follow closely and have written many articles about. I also track the gaming industry in general, and MGM Resorts ( MGM) is a main focus. DIS Revenue Growth data by YCharts
Walt Disney ( DIS) Who They Are: This well-known entertainment company was founded in 1923. Its stock trades an average of 10.1 million shares per day, and the company has a market cap of $87.8 billion. 52-Week Low: $28.19 52-Week High: $50.54 Book Value: $20.93 Price-to-Book Ratio: 2.24 Strong third-quarter earnings growth is expected by Wall Street after the market closes on Tuesday, Aug. 7. The consensus is for earnings of 93 cents a share, a gain of 15 cents (16.1%) from 78 cents during the corresponding quarter last year. Seventeen of the 25 analysts covering the company give the mouse a buy recommendation. The chart looks fantastic with all the major moving averages in a textbook bull trend. A big miss would spell an ugly drop, but this mouse has proven time and time again he knows how to get the cheese. The trailing 12-month price-to-earnings ratio is 17.9, the mean fiscal-year estimate price-to-earnings ratio is 16.5, based on estimated EPS of $3.02 this year. Shareholders receive 60 cents annually in dividend payments. The yield based on the stock's recent price is 1.2%. Over the last five years, the dividend has grown an average of 8.2% per year. Shares have been slowly but steadily climbing in the last 30 days. Shares are now 2.2% higher than last month. Disney last reported earnings on May 8, 2012, and the closing price that day was $44.30. Shares are up about 10% since then. In the 2011 fiscal year (which ended Oct. 1, 2011), Disney reported earnings of $4.81 billion, up from $3.96 in the previous fiscal year. Revenue in the 2011 fiscal year was $40.89 billion, up from $38.06 billion in fiscal-year 2010. Currently, shorts as a percentage of float are 2.9%, according to Yahoo! Finance. That's small and not a big concern.
MGM Resorts International ( MGM) Who They Are: MGM Resorts International owns and operates casino resorts. Its shares trade an average of 11.6 million shares per day, and the company has a market cap of $4.7 billion. 52-Week Low: $7.40 52-Week High: $15.25 Book Value: $12.02 MGM Resorts is expected to log a second-quarter loss when it reports results before the bell on Tuesday, Aug. 7. The consensus estimate is currently for a loss of about 14 cents a share. Fifteen of the 21 analysts covering MGM rate the stock a buy or strong buy. Six analysts rate it a hold, and none give it a sell rating. It's pretty clear these analysts are asleep at the wheel. In the last month, the stock has really taken a turn for the worse. Shares have crumbled 14.2% in the last month of trading. Shares are in a clear bear trend. MGM last announced earnings on May 3, 2012, and the previous closing price was $12.92. They were recently trading at $9.52, down 26% from that May 3 close. The short percentage of float is 6.1% according to Yahoo! Finance. Looks like the short-sellers missed a good one. Online gambling appears to be gaining traction and more a matter of when than if. MGM should be a big "winner" as MGM is uniquely to positioned to capture a strong share of the online market. I am going to wait for another month or two before positioning for online gambling if legislation moves forward. Never underestimate the willingness of legislators to control our lives, so it's anything but a sure thing. SIRI Revenue data by YCharts
Sirius XM Radio ( SIRI) Who They Are: Sirius XM Radio is a satellite radio company. Its stock has average daily trading volume of 41.3 million, and the company has a market cap of $8.3 billion. 52-Week Range: $1.27 to 2.41 Book Value: 22 cents SIRI is expected to record lower second quarter-earnings before the market opens on Thursday, Aug. 7. The consensus EPS estimate is currently 2 cents a share, a drop of 1 cent (33.3%) from 3 cents during the equivalent quarter last year. More than half the analysts covering SIRI rate it as a buy or strong buy. Six of the 10 analysts covering the company give a buy recommendation. Four analysts rate it a hold, and none of the analysts recommend selling.
NII ( NIHD) Who They Are: NII provides wireless telecommunications in Latin America under the Nextel brand. Its shares have a daily average trading volume of 5.2 million, and the company's market cap is $1.2 billion. 52-Week Range: $6.56 to 42.55 The earnings release is planned before the market opens on Thursday, Aug. 7. The consensus estimate is currently for EPS of 12 cents a share, down 54 cents from 66 cents during the matching period in the previous year. The shares are have fallen dramatically over the last year. Revenue reported was $6.72 billion in 2011, vs. $5.60 billion in 2010. The increasing revenue is where the good news ends. The short interest is high and should be treated as a warning sign. The current percentage of the float that is short is 19.8%. At the time of publication, the author held no positions in stocks mentioned. This article is commentary by an independent contributor, separate from TheStreet's regular news coverage.