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A Preview Of Ameriprise Financial's Earnings

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Ameriprise Financial (NYSE:AMP) announces its next round of earnings this Wednesday, January 27. Here is Benzinga's everything-that-matters guide for this Wednesday's Q4 earnings announcement.

Net Income, Earnings, And Earnings Per Share

Earnings and especially earnings per share (EPS) are useful measures of a company's profitability. Total earnings, which is also referred to as net income, equals total revenue minus total expenses. EPS equals to net income divided by the number of shares outstanding.

Earnings And Revenue

Analysts covering Ameriprise Financial modeled for quarterly EPS of $4.52 on revenue of $3.12 billion. In the same quarter last year, Ameriprise Financial announced EPS of $4.2 on revenue of $3.29 billion.

Why Analyst Estimates And Earnings Surprises Are Important

Wall Street analysts who study this company will publish analyst estimates of revenue and EPS. The averages of all analyst EPS and revenue estimates are called the "consensus estimates"; these consensus estimates can have a significant effect on a company's performance during an earnings release. When a company posts earnings or revenue above or below a consensus estimate, it has posted an "earnings surprise", which can really move a stock depending on the difference between actual and estimated values.

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The Wall Street consensus estimate for earnings would represent a 7.62% increase for the company. Sales would have fallen 5.08% from the same quarter last year. Here is how the Ameriprise Financial's reported EPS has stacked up against analyst estimates in the past:

EPS Estimate

2.43

2.85

3.94

4.28

EPS Actual

4.27

2.64

5.41

4.20

Revenue Estimate

3.00 B

2.82 B

2.88 B

3.03 B

Revenue Actual

3.00 B

2.71 B

3.00 B

3.29 B

Stock Performance

Shares of Ameriprise Financial were trading at $211.57 as of January 25. Over the last 52-week period, shares are up 27.71%. Given that these returns are generally positive, long-term shareholders are probably content going into this earnings release.

Do not be surprised to see the stock move on comments made during its conference call. Ameriprise Financial is scheduled to hold the call at 09:00:00 ET and can be accessed here.

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