Earnings Preview: Comcast sits just off all-time highs ahead of Q4 report

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Comcast (CMCSA) is set to report Q4 earnings before the market opens on Wednesday, February 13, with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. Comcast is a provider of entertainment, information, and communications products that operates the NBC family of networks, Universal Pictures and provides cable, internet, and voice services... EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for EPS of 53c on revenue of $16B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 46c-57c on revenue of $15.64B-$16.88B... LAST QUARTER: Comcast reported Q3 EPS ex-items of 46c, against estimates for 46c, on revenue of $16.5B, against estimates for $16.08B. Last month, the company announced that NBC was the most viewed network in primetime among ABC (DIS), CBS (CBS), Fox (NWSA) and NBC for the 15-week period ended January 6, with an average 3.1 rating. Earlier today, Comcast and News Corp announced an agreement for a new distribution pact to bring Fox content to Comcast Xfinity TV customers across a variety of devices... STREET RESEARCH: Wall Street research has been fairly quiet on Comcast since its Q3 report. Maxim raised its price target on shares to $46 from $41 on the day after the company's Q3 report. In a note to investors this morning, Brean Capital said that Comcast remains the firm's favorite cable stock, with the firm maintaining a Buy rating and $45 price target on shares. Brean said Comcast is the only multiple system operator currently positioned to generate margin expansion and higher capital returns in 2013 than it did in 2012, adding that Comcast could sustain this outperformance beyond 2013 if their transition to a TV Everywhere model is managed correctly... PRICE ACTION: Shares of Comcast have gained more than $2.25, or 6.4%, since the first day of trading following the company's Q3 report. Shares of Comcast are nearly unchanged at $38.72 in afternoon trading ahead of tomorrow's Q4 report.

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