Vulcan Materials (NYSE: VMC) is expected to report Q2 earnings on July 26. 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 Vulcan Materials' revenues will grow 4.3% and EPS will compress -28.6%.

The average estimate for revenue is $732.3 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.05.

Revenue details
Last quarter, Vulcan Materials reported revenue of $535.9 million. GAAP reported sales were 10.0% higher than the prior-year quarter's $487.2 million.

Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.

EPS details
Last quarter, non-GAAP EPS came in at -$0.42. GAAP EPS were -$0.40 for Q1 versus -$0.42 per share for the prior-year quarter.

Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.

Recent performance
For the preceding quarter, gross margin was 4.1%, 560 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was -8.0%, 990 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was -9.7%, 150 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
The full year's average estimate for revenue is $2.68 billion. The average EPS estimate is -$0.34.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 453 members out of 501 rating the stock outperform, and 48 members rating it underperform. Among 143 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 128 give Vulcan Materials a green thumbs-up, and 15 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Vulcan Materials is hold, with an average price target of $44.11.

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