Vale (NYSE: VALE) is expected to report Q2 earnings on July 18. Here's what Wall Street wants to see:

The 10-second takeaway
Comparing the upcoming quarter to the prior-year quarter, average analyst estimates predict Vale's revenues will decrease -13.3% and EPS will compress -36.1%.

The average estimate for revenue is $13.30 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.78.

Revenue details
Last quarter, Vale chalked up revenue of $10.43 billion. GAAP reported sales were 21% lower than the prior-year quarter's $13.54 billion.

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Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.

EPS details
Last quarter, non-GAAP EPS came in at $0.68. GAAP EPS of $0.71 for Q1 were 46% lower than the prior-year quarter's $1.31 per share.

Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.

Recent performance
For the preceding quarter, gross margin was 48.7%, 940 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 35.0%, 1,420 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 34.3%, 1,700 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $54.48 billion. The average EPS estimate is $3.32.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 6,460 members out of 6,624 rating the stock outperform, and 164 members rating it underperform. Among 1,129 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 1,089 give Vale a green thumbs-up, and 40 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Vale is outperform, with an average price target of $31.61.

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