For the last five quarters, International Paper (IP) has exceeded analyst expectations. The company will try to continue the streak when it reports its latest earnings on Thursday, July 26, 2012.

Expectations

Analysts currently expect International Paper to come in with earnings of 47 cents per share on revenues of $7.31 billion. Estimates range from earnings per share to earnings per share. Over the past three months, the average estimate has moved down from 57 cents.

Stock Movement

Recently, the stock price has been rising Since July 11, 2012 business days the stock has risen $2.58 per share.

Company Fundamental Trends

The company will look to use this earnings announcement to rebound after suffering income drops the past two quarters. Net income fell 18.7% during the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year and yet again in the first quarter. On the heels of a positive earnings annoumcent last quarter that broke a streak of negative reports, will hope to continue its upward trend. Before increasing in the first quarter, revenue had fallen 1.3% in the third quarter of the last fiscal year and 2.5% in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year. Stock Ratings

Analysts are bullish on the stock as 10 analysts rate it as a buy and there are no sell ratings. That rating hasn't budged in three months as the average analyst rating of the stock has remained unchanged.

Last Quarter's Results

In the first quarter, profit fell 45% to $188 million (43 cents a share) from $342 million (78 cents a share) the year earlier, but exceeded analyst expectations. Revenue rose 4.2% to $6.66 billion from $6.39 billion.

Summary

Reporting Period: 2Q

Date of Release: Thursday, July 26, 2012 before market open

EPS: 47 cents

Revenue Estimate: $7.31 billion

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