What The Whisper Numbers Suggest For Baidu (BIDU), Applied Materials (AMAT), And Centurylink’s (CTL) Latest Earnings Release

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Baidu Inc (ADR) (NASDAQ:BIDU), Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMAT) and Centurylink Inc (NYSE:CTL) are scheduled to release their latest quarter earnings after the markets close on Wednesday. The whisper numbers are looking at a miss on consensus estimates for all three stocks.

The whisper numbers predict Baidu to post first-quarter fiscal year 2015 (1QFY15) earnings per share (EPS) of around $1.67, compared to consensus estimates of $1.653. The company reported $1.379 per share in earnings in the same quarter last year. The Chinese search engine operator is expected to post revenues of around $2.254 billion for the quarter.

According to the whisper numbers, Applied Materials will post fourth-quarter financial year 2014 (4QFY14) EPS of 28 cents, compared to analysts’ estimates of 27 cents. The Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) supplier posted EPS of around 23 cents in the same quarter last year. The company is expected to post revenues of around $4.467 billion for the quarter.

Centurylink is expected by analysts to report EPS of around 62.7 cents for the fourth-quarter of fiscal 2014 (4QFY14), while the whisper numbers expect the company to post 64 cents in EPS. The company reported EPS of 68 cents in the same quarter last year. Centurylink is expected by analysts to report revenues of $2.334 billion for the quarter.

Before the release of earnings, Baidu stock is trading down 1.9% as of 3:20 PM EST. Applied Materials stock is trading down by around 0.45%, and Centurylink is trading up by 0.87%.

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