Interactive Brokers Group (Nasdaq: IBKR) hasn't been able to establish an earnings trend, bouncing between beating and falling short of estimates during the past fiscal year. The company will unveil its latest earnings on Thursday, July 21. Interactive Brokers Group is an automated global electronic market maker and broker specializing in routing orders and executing and processing trades in securities, futures, and foreign exchange.

What analysts say:

  • Buy, sell, or hold?: Analysts think investors should stand pat on Interactive Brokers Group, with five of eight analysts rating it hold. Analysts still rate the stock a hold, but they are a bit more wary about it compared with three months ago.
  • Revenue forecasts: On average, analysts predict $326.4 million in revenue this quarter. That would represent a rise of 44.3% from the year-ago quarter.
  • Wall Street earnings expectations: The average analyst estimate is earnings of $0.30 per share. Estimates range from $0.21 to $0.34.

What our community says:
CAPS All-Stars are solidly behind the stock, with 98.2% assigning it an "outperform" rating. The community at large concurs with the All-Stars, with 96.2% giving it a rating of "outperform." Fools are gung-ho about Interactive Brokers Group and haven't been shy with their opinions lately, logging 177 posts in the past 30 days. Interactive Brokers Group has a bullish CAPS rating of five out of five stars that is about on par with the Fool community's assessment.

Interactive Brokers Group's income has fallen year over year by an average of more than threefold.

Now let's look at how efficient management is at running the business. Traditionally, margins represent the efficiency with which companies capture portions of sales dollars. The following table shows net margins over the past four quarters. 

Quarter Q1 Q4 Q3 Q2
Net Margin 4.2% (13.8%) 3.5% 1.6%
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