How Honeywell International Inc. (HON) Earnings Could Send Shares to New Record Highs

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Honeywell International Inc. (NYSE:HON)Honeywell International Inc. (NYSE:HON) will release its quarterly report on Friday, as the company seeks to prove that the optimism that investors have shown in bidding shares to all-time highs is justified. With promising conditions for many of its business segments, Honeywell International Inc. (NYSE:HON) earnings have the capacity to grow substantially both now and for years to come.

Honeywell makes a variety of products, ranging from aircraft engines, communications, safety, and lighting systems for planes of all sizes to environmental controls and brake systems for commercial and passenger vehicles. All of those areas have seen recent strength, and the company is doing its best to capitalize on its opportunity in all of them. Let's take an early look at what's been happening with Honeywell International Inc. (NYSE:HON) over the past quarter and what we're likely to see in its quarterly report.

Stats on Honeywell

Analyst EPS Estimate $1.21
Change From Year-Ago EPS 6.1%
Revenue Estimate $9.70 billion
Change From Year-Ago Revenue 2.8%
Earnings Beats in Past Four Quarters 4

Source: Yahoo! Finance.

How Honeywell earnings are vital to the stock's future Analysts have had mixed views about Honeywell International Inc. (NYSE:HON) earnings in recent months, cutting a penny per share from their June-quarter estimates but adding that penny to their full-year 2013 expectations. The stock, though, has been unequivocally positive, rising 11% since mid-April.

Honeywell got the quarter started with strong results in its April earnings report, managing to boost its earnings by 17% despite sporting only the tiniest of revenue gains. More optimistically, the company increased its earnings guidance for the year, hiking the lower end of its previous range by a nickel per share, although it cut its sales expectations by $200 million, or about half a percent.

Yet the company continues to face macroeconomic uncertainties. Rival Johnson Controls, Inc. (NYSE:JCI) reported extreme weakness in Europe in the first quarter, as automakers there have seen poor vehicle sales and generally weak industrial activity contribute to sluggish earnings growth. Honeywell International Inc. (NYSE:HON) has done its best to restructure its operations to turn its attention to higher-growth markets, but Europe could continue to hold back Honeywell from its full potential.

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