Having beaten analysts' expectations in each of the last five quarters, Health Management Associates (HMA) will announce on Monday whether the streak is alive or snapped.

Expectations

Analysts currently expect Health Management Associates to come in with earnings of 21 cents per share on revenues of $1.62 billion. Estimates from analysts range from 19 cents per share to 24 cents per share. Over the past three months, the average estimate has moved up from 20 cents.

Stock Movement

Recently, the stock price has been rising Since June 4, 2012 business days the stock has risen $1.77 per share.

Company Fundamental Trends

In the aftermarth of a profit drop last quarter that a positive string of results, the company is looking to get back on track with this earnings announcement. Before falling in the first quarter, revenue rose 22.6% in the second quarter of the last fiscal year, 23.9% in the third quarter of the last fiscal year and 9.5% in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year. On the top line, the company is looking to build on four-straight revenue increases heading into this earnings announcement. Revenue rose 11.8% in the second quarter of the last fiscal year, 10.2% in the third quarter of the last fiscal year and 20.6% in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year before increasing again in the first quarter. Stock Ratings

Analysts are bullish on the stock as 11 analysts rate it as a buy and there are no sell ratings. Analyst sentiment has been improving recently, as the average rating risen slightly over the past three months.

Last Quarter's Results

In the first quarter, profit fell 32.1% to $37.7 million (15 cents a share) from $55.5 million (22 cents a share) the year earlier, but exceeded analyst expectations. Revenue rose 3.6% to $1.49 billion from $1.43 billion.

Summary

Reporting Period: 2Q

Date of Release: Monday, July 23, 2012

EPS: 21 cents

Revenue Estimate: $1.62 billion

(Company fundamentals by Xignite Financials. Earnings estimates provided by Zacks)