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Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO), Verizon (VZ), Chipotle (CMG), Intuitive (ISRG) Earnings Preview

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Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO), Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE:CMG) and Intuitive Surgical, Inc. (NASDAQ:ISRG) are set to announce Q1 numbers on Tuesday. Here’s what investors can expect:

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Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO)

As Yahoo gears up to post Q1 numbers, analysts are expecting adjusted earnings of 18 cents per share, compared to 38 cents in the year-ago period. Sales should come in at $1.055 billion, a dip from $1.087 billion a year earlier.

Last quarter, Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) decided to spin-off its Alibaba shares. That decision initially pleased investors; but soon, the focus turned to the core business. Display and search revenues are declining, and this quarter is also expected to be muted.

However, Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) does seem to be working to improve its core business. The company recently updated the terms of its search partnership with Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) that should provide Yahoo! Inc. greater control and scope to grow its web search.

Shares of Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) have dropped lost 11.7 percent year-to-date, compared to a 2.1 percent gain in the S&P 500.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ)

The consensus on Wall Street is for Verizon to report first quarter profit of $32.27 billion, or 95 cents a share, compared with $30.82 billion, or 0.84 cents per share profit, in the same period last year. Revenue is projected to remain at around $18.3 billion, compared to $18 billion a year ago.

For the first quarter, Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) is expected to record robust post-paid gross additions, largely on the back of strength in its tablet business. Last quarter, post-paid gross adds stood at 1.98 million.

However, the ongoing price war in the U.S. wireless market is likely to continue to put pressure on Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ)’s EBITDA margins. Churn rates are also expected to be almost flat year-on-year at about 1.07 percent, as the company’s network quality advantage may get offset by the stiff price competition.

Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE:CMG)

For Q1 2015, the average analysts’ estimate is for Chipotle to report EPS of $3.62, on revenue of $1.1 billion. The company expects comparable store sales for the full-year to range in the low to mid-single digit growth, with stronger growth in the current quarter, and a slowdown in sales for the remainder of the year.

Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE:CMG) is the market leader in the U.S. fast-casual segment and is one of the fastest growing restaurant brands in the country. The company has been able to attract investors, with close to 50 percent growth in the net revenues over the past few years.

In the fiscal 2014, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE:CMG) posted a 28 percent y-o-y jump in net revenue to $4.1 billion, with comparable sales also growing at a healthy 16.8 percent. Interesting menu innovation helped the company record diluted EPS of $14.13 for the year, up 35 percent y-o-y.

Intuitive Surgical, Inc. (NASDAQ:ISRG)

Intuitive Surgical is set to announce its Q1 2015 results on Tuesday.  The company is forecast to post earnings of $2.82 a share.

Intuitive Surgical, Inc. (NASDAQ:ISRG) is notorious for low-balling its full-year estimates; but given the current uncertainty surrounding capital spending, the company didn’t even bother giving earnings or revenue estimates for 2015.

When analyzing Q1 numbers, investors need to remember that the first quarter of 2014 represented a low point for Intuitive Surgical, Inc. (NASDAQ:ISRG)’s da Vinci system sales, so y-o-y comparisons might be inflated. Comparison with Q4 also won’t help much since the first quarter often records lower system sales due to capital spending cycles by hospitals.

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