Altria Group (NYSE: MO) is expected to report Q3 earnings around Oct. 25. 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 Altria Group's revenues will grow 0.6% and EPS will grow 3.6%.

The average estimate for revenue is $4.35 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.58.

Revenue details
Last quarter, Altria Group booked revenue of $4.58 billion. GAAP reported sales were 14% higher than the prior-year quarter's $4.00 billion.

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 $0.59. GAAP EPS of $0.60 for Q2 were 186% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.21 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 54.5%, 520 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 41.5%, 910 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 26.7%, 1,560 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $17.33 billion. The average EPS estimate is $2.21.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 8,654 members out of 8,979 rating the stock outperform, and 325 members rating it underperform. Among 2,251 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 2,215 give Altria Group a green thumbs-up, and 36 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Altria Group is outperform, with an average price target of $33.00.

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