Macy's (NYSE: M ) is expected to report Q4 earnings on Feb. 18. 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 Macy's revenues will expand 7.1% and EPS will grow 16.5%.
The average estimate for revenue is $9.34 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $1.98.
Last quarter, Macy's chalked up revenue of $6.08 billion. GAAP reported sales were 3.8% higher than the prior-year quarter's $5.85 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 $0.36. GAAP EPS of $0.36 for Q3 were 13% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.32 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 39.6%, 20 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 5.3%, 30 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 2.4%, about the same as the prior-year quarter.
The full year's average estimate for revenue is $27.67 billion. The average EPS estimate is $3.40.
The stock has a two-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 522 members out of 818 rating the stock outperform, and 296 members rating it underperform. Among 221 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 169 give Macy's a green thumbs-up, and 52 give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Macy's is outperform, with an average price target of $44.12.
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