What Does Wall Street See for Whole Foods Market's Q4?

Whole Foods Market (Nasdaq: WFM  ) is expected to report Q4 earnings on Nov. 7. 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 Whole Foods Market's revenues will grow 23.3% and EPS will grow 40.5%.

The average estimate for revenue is $2.90 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.59.

Revenue details
Last quarter, Whole Foods Market logged revenue of $2.73 billion. GAAP reported sales were 14% higher than the prior-year quarter's $2.40 billion.

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 $0.63. GAAP EPS of $0.63 for Q3 were 26% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.50 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 36.0%, 60 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 7.0%, 100 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 4.3%, 60 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $11.69 billion. The average EPS estimate is $2.51.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 4,298 members out of 4,863 rating the stock outperform, and 565 members rating it underperform. Among 1,464 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 1,363 give Whole Foods Market a green thumbs-up, and 101 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Whole Foods Market is outperform, with an average price target of $98.89.

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