Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT ) is expected to report Q4 earnings on Feb. 21. 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 Wal-Mart's revenues will grow 4.5% and EPS will grow 9.0%.
The average estimate for revenue is $127.78 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $1.57.
Last quarter, Wal-Mart chalked up revenue of $113.20 billion. GAAP reported sales were 3.4% higher than the prior-year quarter's $110.23 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 $1.08. GAAP EPS of $1.08 for Q3 were 11% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.97 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 24.9%, 20 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 5.4%, 10 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 3.2%, 20 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
The full year's average estimate for revenue is $467.84 billion. The average EPS estimate is $4.92.
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 6,269 members out of 7,038 rating the stock outperform, and 769 members rating it underperform. Among 1,649 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 1,534 give Wal-Mart a green thumbs-up, and 115 give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Wal-Mart is outperform, with an average price target of $77.91.
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