Last quarter KLA-Tencor (KLAC) topped estimates by 18 cents per share, and it is scheduled to report again on Thursday.

Expectations

Analysts currently expect KLA-Tencor to come in with earnings of $1.31 per share on revenues of $873.2 million. Analysts gave estimates ranging from earnings per share to earnings per share. Over the past three months, the average estimate has moved up from $1.24.

Stock Movement

In terms of price changes, the stock's best recent streak was when it gained $3.24 per share between May 18, 2012 and July 5, 2012.

Company Fundamental Trends

After negative results the last two quarters, the company has a chance to recover during the upcoming earnings period. Net income fell 40.3% during the second quarter and yet again in the third quarter. The company will hope to take advantage of a revenue increase last quarter and build some momentum with the upcoming earnings announcement. After rising in the third quarter, revenue dipped 16.2% in the second quarter. Stock Ratings

Analysts are bullish on the stock as 10 analysts rate it as a buy and only one analyst rate it as a sell. Analyst sentiment has been waning recently, as the average rating has dropped slightly over the past three months.

Last Quarter's Results

In the third quarter, profit fell 2.1% to $205.3 million ($1.21 a share) from $209.8 million ($1.22 a share) the year earlier, but exceeded analyst expectations. Revenue rose 0.8% to $840.5 million from $834.1 million.

Summary

Reporting Period: 4Q

Date of Release: Thursday, July 26, 2012

EPS: $1.31

Revenue Estimate: $873.2 million

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