Cliffs Natural Resources (NYSE: CLF ) is expected to report Q4 earnings on Feb. 13. 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 Cliffs Natural Resources's revenues will contract -7.7% and EPS will contract -57.7%.
The average estimate for revenue is $1.53 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.60.
Last quarter, Cliffs Natural Resources chalked up revenue of $1.54 billion. GAAP reported sales were 26% lower than the prior-year quarter's $2.09 billion.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
Last quarter, non-GAAP EPS came in at $0.61. GAAP EPS of $0.59 for Q3 were 86% lower than the prior-year quarter's $4.15 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 12.8%, 2,810 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 4.9%, 3,480 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 5.5%, 2,330 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
The full year's average estimate for revenue is $5.94 billion. The average EPS estimate is $3.72.
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 1,526 members out of 1,588 rating the stock outperform, and 62 members rating it underperform. Among 345 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 332 give Cliffs Natural Resources 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 Cliffs Natural Resources is hold, with an average price target of $52.26.
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