Ralcorp Holdings (NYSE: RAH) is expected to report Q3 earnings on Aug. 8. Here's what Wall Street wants to see.

The 10-second takeaway
Comparing the upcoming quarter with the prior-year quarter, average analyst estimates predict Ralcorp Holdings' revenues will drop -12.6% and EPS will contract -46.1%.

The average estimate for revenue is $1.02 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.62.

Revenue details
Last quarter, Ralcorp Holdings booked revenue of $1.06 billion. GAAP reported sales were 9.4% lower than the prior-year quarter's $1.17 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 $0.72. GAAP EPS of $0.47 for Q2 were 69% lower than the prior-year quarter's $1.50 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 21.0%, 800 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 8.0%, 600 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 2.5%, 460 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
The full year's average estimate for revenue is $4.36 billion. The average EPS estimate is $3.30.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 133 members out of 141 rating the stock outperform, and eight members rating it underperform. Among 46 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 44 give Ralcorp Holdings 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 Ralcorp Holdings is outperform, with an average price target of $78.75.