Earnings Preview: AT&T sees Q4 pre-tax charge of approximately $10B

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AT&T (T) is expected to report Q4 earnings after the market close on Thursday, January 24, with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. AT&T is a global telecommunications company offering wireless and long distance services... EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for EPS of 46c on revenue of $32.22B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 41c-52c on revenue of $31.48B-$32.72B... LAST QUARTER: AT&T reported Q3 adjusted EPS of 62c against estimates for 60c on revenue of $31.46B against estimates for $31.58B. On its Q3 earnings report, the company said it was on track to meet or exceed FY12 guidance. It expected consolidated revenue, margin, and EPS growth for the year. Business customers were seen as cautious on spending due to the fiscal cliff. However, AT&T said there should be pent up demand for the iPhone 5. On January 17, the company announced it will record a Q4 non-cash, pre-tax charge of approximately $10B related to actuarial gains and losses on pension and post-employment benefit plans... STREET RESEARCH: Street research has been neutral in the weeks leading up to AT&T's Q4 earnings report. On November 15, National Securities initiated AT&T with a Neutral rating. On November 19, Pacific Crest said Verizon was a more attractive play than AT&T due to better revenue and EBITDA growth. The firm maintained a Sector Perform rating on AT&T... PRICE ACTION: AT&T’s shares have traded in a choppy pattern following the company's Q3 report, and currently sit slightly below the level they traded at three months ago. In early afternoon trading ahead of tomorrow's Q4 report, AT&T’s shares are up almost 1% to $33.91.

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