Cognizant Technology Solutions (Nasdaq: CTSH ) is expected to report Q4 earnings on Feb. 7. Here's what Wall Street wants to see:
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Comparing the upcoming quarter to the prior-year quarter, average analyst estimates predict Cognizant Technology Solutions's revenues will expand 17.2% and EPS will increase 16.7%.
The average estimate for revenue is $1.95 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.91.
Last quarter, Cognizant Technology Solutions booked revenue of $1.89 billion. GAAP reported sales were 18% higher than the prior-year quarter's $1.60 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 $0.91. GAAP EPS of $0.91 for Q3 were 25% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.73 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 41.2%, 100 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 18.8%, 50 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 14.6%, 40 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
The full year's average estimate for revenue is $7.35 billion. The average EPS estimate is $3.43.
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 1,070 members out of 1,122 rating the stock outperform, and 52 members rating it underperform. Among 317 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 304 give Cognizant Technology Solutions a green thumbs-up, and 13 give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Cognizant Technology Solutions is outperform, with an average price target of $72.88.
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