AT&T (NYSE: T ) is expected to report Q4 earnings on Jan. 24. 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 AT&T's revenues will contract -0.9% and EPS will expand 9.5%.
The average estimate for revenue is $32.21 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.46.
Last quarter, AT&T tallied revenue of $31.46 billion. GAAP reported sales were 0.1% lower than the prior-year quarter's $31.48 billion.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
Last quarter, EPS came in at $0.63. GAAP EPS of $0.63 for Q3 were 3.3% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.61 per share.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
For the preceding quarter, gross margin was 59.6%, 20 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 19.2%, 60 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 11.6%, 10 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
The full year's average estimate for revenue is $126.95 billion. The average EPS estimate is $2.36.
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 5,375 members out of 5,828 rating the stock outperform, and 453 members rating it underperform. Among 1,309 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 1,236 give AT&T a green thumbs-up, and 73 give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on AT&T is hold, with an average price target of $35.68.
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