For the last five quarters, W.R. Berkley (WRB) has exceeded analyst expectations. The company will try to continue the streak when it reports its latest earnings on Tuesday, July 24, 2012.

Expectations

Analysts currently expect W.R. Berkley to come in with earnings of 63 cents per share on revenues of $1.36 billion. Estimates from analysts range from 54 cents per share to 69 cents per share. Over the past week, the average estimate has moved down from 64 cents.

Stock Movement

In terms of price changes, the stock's best recent streak was when it gained $2.46 per share between June 25, 2012 and July 3, 2012. Looking at change over the last three months, from April 23, 2012 and July 18, 2012, the stock price is up $1.41 (3.8%), from $37.57 to $38.98.

Company Fundamental Trends

On the top line, the company is looking to build on four-straight revenue increases heading into this earnings announcement. Revenue rose 9.3% in the second quarter of the last fiscal year, 8.8% in the third quarter of the last fiscal year and 11.3% in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year before increasing again in the first quarter. After three straight quarters with declining returns, the company will hope to get on the road to recovery with this upcoming earnings announcement. Net income dropped in the second quarter of the last fiscal year, the third quarter of the last fiscal year and the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year before reversing the trend with a profit increase in the first quarter. Stock Ratings

Analysts think investors should stand pat on W.R. Berkley with seven of 11 analysts rating it hold.

Last Quarter's Results

In the first quarter, profit rose 16.2% to $135.3 million (94 cents a share) from $116.5 million (79 cents a share) the year earlier, exceeding analyst expectations. Revenue rose 11.7% to $1.38 billion from $1.23 billion.

Summary

Reporting Period: 2Q

Date of Release: Tuesday, July 24, 2012

EPS: 63 cents

Revenue Estimate: $1.36 billion

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