Becton, Dickinson (NYSE: BDX) is expected to report Q3 earnings on Aug. 2. 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 Becton, Dickinson's revenues will grow 0.2% and EPS will grow 1.3%.

The average estimate for revenue is $2.02 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $1.53.

Revenue details
Last quarter, Becton, Dickinson notched revenue of $1.99 billion. GAAP reported sales were 3.6% higher than the prior-year quarter's $1.92 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, EPS came in at $1.38. GAAP EPS of $1.38 were the same as the prior-year quarter.

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 51.2%, 90 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 20.4%, 250 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 14.6%, 160 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
The full year's average estimate for revenue is $7.96 billion. The average EPS estimate is $5.69.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 1,132 members out of 1,152 rating the stock outperform, and 20 members rating it underperform. Among 331 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 329 give Becton, Dickinson a green thumbs-up, and two give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Becton, Dickinson is hold, with an average price target of $80.93.

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