Riverbed Technology (Nasdaq: RVBD) is expected to report Q3 earnings on Oct. 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 Riverbed Technology's revenues will grow 14.2% and EPS will increase 4.2%.

The average estimate for revenue is $216.7 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.25.

Revenue details
Last quarter, Riverbed Technology recorded revenue of $198.5 million. GAAP reported sales were 17% higher than the prior-year quarter's $170.3 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 $0.23. GAAP EPS of $0.11 for Q2 were 57% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.07 per share.

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 74.9%, 160 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 10.1%, 260 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 9.1%, 250 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $831.1 million. The average EPS estimate is $0.96.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 935 members out of 984 rating the stock outperform, and 49 members rating it underperform. Among 217 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 210 give Riverbed Technology a green thumbs-up, and seven give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Riverbed Technology is outperform, with an average price target of $24.08.

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